Watch the Birdie…

Watch the Birdie…

I’ve not blogged much the last couple of months. Lack of motivation I guess. I’ve been re-assessing my working practice and direction, lets just call …

 

Lianne – a wet plate tutorial…

Lianne – a wet plate tutorial…

Lianne is a post grad photographer from Newport who had contacted me about a tintype tutorial. I like to get people to shoot a few …

 

A sliding box camera…

A sliding box camera…

I was lucky enough to find this sliding box camera for sale online, unfortunately it was in Devon, fortunately through the wonderful UK wet plate …

 

The Artist – Dry Plate Neg

The Artist – Dry Plate Neg

This is another historical dry plate negative. A little strange this one. The artist with his back to the camera and collar up, doesn’t seem to …

 

Wet plate tutorial – Brett Clarke

Wet plate tutorial – Brett Clarke

On Sunday I gave a wet plate tutorial to photographer Brett Clarke. Lets just say I think he’s hooked. He shot a variety of tintypes/ambrotypes from …

 

Laser cutting genius

Laser cutting genius

This surprise arrived in the mail today… from the creative hands of Ismail K Azril. Ismail you are a genius, I did wonder what you were …

 

Pupil of F.S.Archer – The Inventor

Pupil of F.S.Archer – The Inventor

I bought this a few months ago along with some other plates. The subject matter didn’t really do much for me although it is very …

 

Melting by Mark Scholey

Melting by Mark Scholey

Mark called into the studio a few weeks ago while I was varnishing the Lacock Abbey plates, I had one spare dodgy plate left to …

 

Cenarth, West Wales

Cenarth, West Wales

On Friday I travelled down to Swansea for some wet plate collodion work for a BBC TV series, unfortunately thats all I can say, it …

 

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing….

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing….

If you wander through Barton Arcade in Manchester City Centre and glance up at the fancy Victorian iron and glass architecture you might just glimpse …

 

A job lot…

A job lot…

Heres two recent job lots of camera stuff I took a gamble on. There was a mixed bag of stuff. Most of it will be going …

 

Korona Portrait camera project

Korona Portrait camera project

This is a Korona Portrait camera with half and whole plate backs. Its in a bit of a state but should scrub up nicely. Obviously the …

 

Painted Albumen Portrait by Southwell of London

Painted Albumen Portrait by Southwell of London

I believe this is a painted albumen print by William Henry Southwell. “The Southwell Brothers comprised the partnership between William (1823–70), Frederick (1833–83) and Edwin (1840–82) …

 

Lacock Abbey – a wet plate weekend

Lacock Abbey – a wet plate weekend

This weekend ten wet plate photographers had the pleasure of visiting Lacock Abbey. It took some planning and a huge thanks to Mark Voce and …

 

All done – 12 x 15 revamp

All done – 12 x 15 revamp

The main problem with the new Thornton Pickard 12×15 camera was the lack of a decent tripod mount, it still had its brass ring for …

 

The Webster Family 1912

The Webster Family 1912

I bought a few half plate negs recently, this is one of them, the text along the top of the neg says “Mr T Webster …

 

Wet plate negatives & VDB’s

Wet plate negatives & VDB’s

Wet plate negsatives have been on my list of “to do’s” for a while. I’d been playing around with bright ambrotypes and Van Dyke Brown …

 

Storage & Display – A Frame

Storage & Display – A Frame

I bought this vintage wooden frame a few weeks ago thinking it a little unusual and maybe the answer to storing and displaying plates for …

 

Thornton Pickard 12 x 15 inch camera

Thornton Pickard 12 x 15 inch camera

I picked up this 12 x 15 inch Thornton Pickard camera at auction. Was lucky to get it for a good price as they didn’t …

 

Kodak No.3A Autographic

Kodak No.3A Autographic

Have had this boxed Kodak No.3A Autographic sitting on the dining table at home for a few weeks. I was just about to put it …

 

Mikey – A wet plate tutorial

Mikey – A wet plate tutorial

Mikey Boardman came to the studio for a wet plate tutorial on Sunday. He’s about to start his under grad. course in Photography at Blackburn. He …

 

Steph – a quick VDB

Steph – a quick VDB

Went to the studio today to give it a good clean and sort out, as I’d just dropped off a load of gear on Thursday. …

 

A Victorian wet plate negative.

A Victorian wet plate negative.

I have a large number of ambrotypes, tintypes and a few opalotypes now. This is the first wet plate negative to be added to my …

 

Opalotype – Grandfather Kissack

Opalotype – Grandfather Kissack

This hand coloured Opalotype arrived in the post a few weeks ago, sadly it cracked during delivery, luckily it was paper backed and it kept …

 

VDB contrast control

VDB contrast control

I wasn’t best pleased with my last lot of Van Dyke Brown prints so thought I’d have another go with some contrast control this time. …

 

Tintype

Tintype

I actually bought this plate hoping it was an ambrotype as it was described incorrectly online and has the “look” of an ambrotype. Turned out …

 

Richard

Richard

Richard had popped back to the studio for a couple of plates. I had planned on using window light for the session as the day …

 

Mothers Great Aunt?

Mothers Great Aunt?

A cased ambrotype of a young lady. A label on the reverse of the case says something like Mothers Great Aunt, and then a name I …

 

Wet plate dog tags anyone?

Wet plate dog tags anyone?

Richard popped into the studio this evening to sit for a couple of plates, when they are dry I’ll copy them and post them up. …

 

Ambrotypes…

Ambrotypes…

A new set of ambrotypes to add to my collection. I love it when items are badly described on Feepay. The price of ambrotypes have …

 

European Collodion Weekend 2014

European Collodion Weekend 2014

Well thats another ECW over with and now I’m really looking forward to next years. A 1000 mile trip thats well worth the effort. It was …

 

Gatehouse of Fleet

Gatehouse of Fleet

The McMurray Photographic Archive On the 14th & 15th June I’ve been invited to shoot wet plates at Gatehouse of Fleet as part of the celebrations …

 

Silver Nitrate

Silver Nitrate

A new Silver Nitrate supplier on the scene is Michael Hickey from Ireland. I’ve bought Silver Nitrate from Michael in the past, his prices are very …

 

ECW 2014

ECW 2014

  Next Friday we’ll be driving over to Eindhoven to attend the 2014 European Collodion Weekend. Over 40 International wet plate photographers, artists and practitioners. I need …

 

Dry plate negatives…

Dry plate negatives…

Heres a collection of dry plate negatives that I recently purchased. The only info I have is from the seller. “Thank you for your purchase. I …

 

I said I wouldn’t but I did…..

I said I wouldn’t but I did…..

Okay okay. I know I said no more… but this one was just asking to be bought. Some of the fancier models go for silly …

 

Keith Taylor – Printer & Photographer

Keith Taylor – Printer & Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I got an email out of the blue asking for my postal address. On following this up it turned out …

 

Ambrotype by J.Timms

Ambrotype by J.Timms

This lovely little cased ambrotype arrived in todays post. Its by J. Timms of 32 High Holborn, London. 1856 – 1873 A drawing of Timm’s Photographic …