The Wattingers

The Wattingers

Check out the fantastic artwork on The Wattingers latest album, Bad Day At Growlers Rock. Colour photography by Ruud De Korte. Inside case wet plate image by …

 

Doppelgängers and Spectres

Doppelgängers and Spectres

I bid on some nondescript quarter plate glass negatives on Ebay and had a sneaking suspicion they were trick double exposure photography….. or three sets …

 

A family album – Chester

A family album – Chester

I bought this photograph album at a house clearance stall at a local antique fair a week or so ago. There’s no text to give any …

 

Beyond the Battlefields : Kathe Buchler

Beyond the Battlefields : Kathe Buchler

Last Thursday I went along to the opening of Beyond the Battlefields: Kathe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany WWI Grosvener Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, M156BR …

 

Hanging print drying rack…

Hanging print drying rack…

I’ve seen these at various print studios and always thought what a great simple idea. As I’m having a clear out of equipment at the …

 

iPhone Darkroom safelight

iPhone Darkroom safelight

I really have to thank Mark Acton for this great little tip. He’d come to the studio last weekend for a wet plate refresher and …

 

Clear out time…

Clear out time…

Its time for that clear out I keep talking about, lets start with this lot… Now all on ebay 1: A large plate rack, makers initial …

 

Cyanotypes – Bedford Lemere & Co.

Cyanotypes – Bedford Lemere & Co.

I’m sure some of you are aware that I’m not a big fan of the “blueprint”. I’m far more accommodating if it’s been toned in some …

 

Woodburytypes – Men of Mark

Woodburytypes – Men of Mark

I noticed I have some gaps in my collection and thought it would be interesting to try and fill them with some affordable examples. I’ve always been …

 

Ruby ambrotypes and over-painted portraits

Ruby ambrotypes and over-painted portraits

This years first arrivals. Two heavily overpainted framed portraits of a young couple. 12×15 inch. One has a partially rubbed label to the reverse: “Porteous Art Shop 120 …

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Well, it’s been a busy year. Some great wet plate events, have met some really lovely people and worked on some amazing jobs. This year I …

 

The Phantom Thread

The Phantom Thread

Today is the general cinema release of The Phantom Thread. A historical drama, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, set in the 1950s world …

 

The Strines Journal and the Calotype

The Strines Journal and the Calotype

This blog post has sat in my draft folder for a couple of years now, I can’t believe I’ve not blogged it. Mea Culpa. The …

 

Stereographs and Lantern Slides

Stereographs and Lantern Slides

Today I started to digitise my collection of Magic Lantern Slides and Stereographs. I figured these would be the best to start putting into Omeka as they will …

 

Wooden Cash Register… Ker-ching!

Wooden Cash Register… Ker-ching!

I bought this old wooden cash register back in the summer ready for the charity wet plate events that I attend with Andy and Patrick. …

 

The Phantom Thread – Trailer

The Phantom Thread – Trailer

Back in April I did a little photography work for the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie “The Phantom Thread”, starring Daniel Day Lewis, in what …

 

Storage…

Storage…

As I’m cataloguing, and making available online, my digitised Victorian photography collection I thought it best to store them a little bit better than the …

 

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca

I have now sorted the CSV import errors I was having with the Omeka software, so I’m now looking at standardising my vocabulary for the …

 

Digital Access Management

Digital Access Management

The past few months I’ve been looking at different ways to get my historic photographic collections searchable and online with relevant metadata and images. In the …

 

2018 Wet Plate Weekend – Guys Cliffe House

2018 Wet Plate Weekend – Guys Cliffe House

I know this is really early but we need to see how much interest there is in holding the 2018 UK Wet Plate Weekend at Guys …

 

The West Riding Asylum, Menston, Yorkshire. 1901

The West Riding Asylum, Menston, Yorkshire. 1901

It’s not often I re-blog about “proper” work related topics but I thought I’d share this image from an item we recently digitised at the John Rylands …

 

Moo cards- the reprint!

Moo cards- the reprint!

Moo cards offered to reprint my gold foil business cards because of the pooling issues. Rather than just reprint with the same problems Jonathan updated the …

 

Colin – A Wet Plate Tutorial 

Colin – A Wet Plate Tutorial 

Last weekend Colin came to the studio for a wet plate tutorial.  His first wet plate attempts, on location at Llanthony Priory, might have left him …

 

A little carried away?

A little carried away?

My new Moo business cards arrived today and they may be a little too bling, what do you think? Last month I had similar cards made …

 

Llanthony Priory Wet Plate Weekend 2017

Llanthony Priory Wet Plate Weekend 2017

Thanks to everyone who turned up to this years Lllanthony Priory wet plate weekend. And for those who couldn’t make it, next year there is …

 

The Limehouse Golem

The Limehouse Golem

Today is the UK general cinema release of “The Limehouse Golem“, an adaptation of Peter Ackroyds novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem”. Directed by Juan …

 

Slim Pickings

Slim Pickings

Popped into the local antiques fair today, slim pickings indeed, not even any crazily over priced photographic material. There were the usual boxes of postcards, cabinet …

 

Phoenix Alternative Festival 2017

Phoenix Alternative Festival 2017

Last weekend was the 2017 Phoenix Alternative Festival at Llanfyllin Workhouse. Andrew, Patrick and myself attended last year, we had a great time and raised a little …

 

Tinted Whole Plate Ambrotypes

Tinted Whole Plate Ambrotypes

To say I am very happy with these two whole plate ambrotypes would be a slight understatement. They had been advertised on Feepay for not …

 

The Jamiesons

The Jamiesons

I couldn’t resist this set of family portraits dating from February – October, 1884. I’m assuming its Father, Mother, Son and Daughter.Amazing quality and a pleasure to …

 

Argentea Gallery – A wet plate portrait session

Argentea Gallery – A wet plate portrait session

As part of the DevelopedinBirmingham program, Argentea Gallery and I hosted a two day wet plate collodion portrait event. It was booked via Eventbrite as 40 minute slots. …

 

ECW 2017

ECW 2017

Well you wait all year and its over with way too soon. It has to have been the most enjoyable European Collodion Weekends to date. …

 

Edwardian Wet Plates?

Edwardian Wet Plates?

Picked these glass plate negatives up off Feepay recently, the seller had a large number of them, I bought a handful of the better ones …

 

Bromoil printing and ambrotypes

Bromoil printing and ambrotypes

Following on from the previous blog post… I’d made three 12×15 inch ambrotypes for the Shadow Merchants exhibition. The main problem is how to mount/frame such …

 

Shadow Merchants at Argentea Gallery

Shadow Merchants at Argentea Gallery

Yesterday saw the opening of Shadow Merchants at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham, a fantastic space for photographic art.Its part of the Developed in Birmingham season celebrating the …

 

Jones the Chemist

Jones the Chemist

A Dry Plate (1/2) negative of Jones the Chemist. I bought this for a couple of pounds of Feepay just because of the window content. …

 

Rorkes Drift – a fundraising event

Rorkes Drift – a fundraising event

Last weekend Steph and I joined Andrew and Patrick in Brecon, Wales for a Rorkes Drift fundraising event in aid of Help For Heroes and other …

 

The Spencer Collection

The Spencer Collection

Just a very quick blog post before I head to the airport. I’m speaking at the 2+3D Photography Conference at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam tomorrow and just wanted …