The Kaufmann Posographe

The Kaufmann Posographe

A big thank you to Simon Harbord for pointing me in the direction of this lovely Posographe. He had shown images of his on Facebook …

 

MMU Special Collections visit…

MMU Special Collections visit…

The past few months I have been involved with a small number of Photographers/Artists that have been gathering together as an informal group, no pre-determined agenda, …

 

Wet Plate Tutorials…

Wet Plate Tutorials…

Two very different wet plate tutorials the past two weekends. The first weekend the chap had a very bad chest/lung reaction to the ether/alcohol in the …

 

Bovril – A job lot

Bovril – A job lot

Yesterday I was in Stratford, London for a TV/Wet Plate photography job. I was a little concerned on how my Fixer was behaving, luckily fellow …

 

Not more stuff!

Not more stuff!

I’m supposed to be having a clear out rather than buying even more…. stuff! This was a job lot I took a gamble on as …

 

Wet Plate Negatives of Coventry

Wet Plate Negatives of Coventry

These have been sitting on my desk at work for a while, waiting for me to digitise them. I bought them last second on Feepay …

 

Wet Plate Social

Wet Plate Social

I can’t believe its been two weeks since the Wet Plate Social. I’ve had two very busy weekends and only now getting around to writing …

 

Grafters at PHM

Grafters at PHM

Last Friday I attended the opening night of Grafters: Industrial society in image and word, at the Peoples History Museum, it was really busy so I …

 

Julie Margaret Cameron – a trip to London

Julie Margaret Cameron – a trip to London

I’ve been a little busy of late and I’d meant to post this a week or so ago. Steph and I popped down to London a …

 

Daguerreotype jewellery – a lovely surprise.

Daguerreotype jewellery – a lovely surprise.

A couple of weeks ago I made some ambrotypes and tintypes for a work colleague, Stella, and her partner. They really enjoyed the session especially …

 

Saving a Century by The Victorian Society

Saving a Century by The Victorian Society

Saving A Century: A free photographic exhibition celebrating Victorian architecture “The Victorian Society’s photographic exhibition Saving a Century, curated by noted architectural historian Gavin Stamp, is on …

 

Victorian Bakers BBC 2

Victorian Bakers BBC 2

Last Summer I was asked to come along to the Black Country Living Museum to make some wet plates for a Wall to Wall Production called “Victorian …

 

Towneley Hall, Burnley

Towneley Hall, Burnley

We made a trip to Towneley Hall today to see the Derek Clarkson exhibition, a local potter very well known for his crystalline glazes. More …

 

Huge Hunter Penrose

Huge Hunter Penrose

Today I had an email from a chap in Lisbon, Portugal who asked if I’d be interested in his Hunter Penrose camera. Unfortunately its a …

 

The Shadow Catchers at Warrington Museum

The Shadow Catchers at Warrington Museum

This weekend Steph and I took trip to Warrington Museum & Art Gallery to see The Shadow Catchers, an exhibition of local Victorian photographers. What a …

 

A Bellows Camera – Silver tie pin stick!

A Bellows Camera – Silver tie pin stick!

Okay, I couldn’t resist, its not even as if I ever wear a tie but I might have to start! A Sterling Silver tie pin stick. Makers …

 

Strange Lights at The John Rylands Library

Strange Lights at The John Rylands Library

A couple of weeks ago one might have mistaken this amazing sight in the Historic Reading Room of The John Rylands Library, Manchester as an …

 

New Silver Tank

New Silver Tank

Back in August I sold my 18×20 inch tank to fellow wet plater Tony Lovell. Recently I’d been regretting it as I now have Winter …

 

Ramsgate – a Victorian Albumen print

Ramsgate – a Victorian Albumen print

Just arrived in the post today. A lovely large albumen print of Ramsgate beach. Look closer and you can see the beach photographers wet plate darkroom …

 

Mrs J. Bell of Torrington – Cabinet Cards

Mrs J. Bell of Torrington – Cabinet Cards

Here’s something photographic that’s not quite…. photographic? I’m having a clear out at the studio and I found these that I’d bought a while back as …

 

Photopolymer Printing at Lux Darkrooms

Photopolymer Printing at Lux Darkrooms

I’ve just returned from a wonderful workshop at Lux Darkrooms in London. Photopolymer Printing taught by Peter Moseley. I’ve been wanting to give this process another go …

 

The Limehouse Golem

The Limehouse Golem

Back in August I was invited to provide Victorian visual stills for The Limehouse Golem, presently being filmed in various locations in the North of …

 

Bad day at the office!

Bad day at the office!

Sorry I’ve not blogged for a while. I’ve been very busy of late. One thing occupying my time is a wet plate job I have …

 

B+W Magazine 

B+W Magazine 

A couple of weeks ago I had an email from the Editorial staff at B+W Magazine asking for some images to use in their November …

 

Time Crashers – Channel 4

Time Crashers – Channel 4

Back in March I was invited to contribute to a new TV show called “Time Crashers” made by Wall to Wall Media for Channel 4. “Sir …

 

William McMurray – Gatehouse of Fleet

William McMurray – Gatehouse of Fleet

Last year I was invited up to Gatehouse of Fleet in Scotland as part of their “Memories Weekend”, a celebration of the work of prolific …

 

Kodak Studio Camera No.3 – For Sale

Kodak Studio Camera No.3 – For Sale

For Sale: Kodak Studio Camera no.3 with original stand. A 10×8 inch camera fitted with half plate back. Other backs come up on ebay occasionally. New Bellows made a …

 

What you reading?

What you reading?

What also interests me about Historic photographs is not just the subject matter but also the added paraphernalia. Whether its about whats going on around …

 

Victorian Photoshop anyone?

Victorian Photoshop anyone?

Following on from the previous Albumen print blog post which show some of the negative re touching showing up in the print I thought I’d …

 

Albumen Print by Balmain of Edinburgh

Albumen Print by Balmain of Edinburgh

This is a lovely Albumen portrait print of a young woman by Balmain of Edinburgh. As the prices of Victorian ambrotypes/tintypes continues to rise I’ve …

 

Lacock Abbey Wet Plate Weekend 2015

Lacock Abbey Wet Plate Weekend 2015

What a weekend! Thank you everyone for making this years Lacock Abbey Wet Plate weekend such a success. Attending this year were Mark Voce, Andrew Billington, Jonathan Keys, …

 

Albumen Print 1895

Albumen Print 1895

I’m not one for buying prints usually but this one stood out in the crowd. A four inch round matt albumen print. December 25 1895, Princeton …

 

New project on the way!

New project on the way!

A half plate sliding back camera thats in the post from Feepay (Poland). This is probably the most I’ve ever paid for wooden camera so …

 

LLanthony Priory Sunny 16

LLanthony Priory Sunny 16

I also took along another Franka Solida II 6×6 Rangefinder, this is a slightly different model than my other one and looking at the results the …

 

More books!

More books!

I might have to open a small Library at this rate. A few more books to read and for the studio book shelves. SURF SITE TIN …

 

UK Wet Plate Weekend at LLanthony Priory

UK Wet Plate Weekend at LLanthony Priory

Thank you everyone who came along to this years UK Wet Plate weekend at Llanthony Priory near Abergavenny, Wales. The weather, location and participants were great. Thank …

 

Wet Plate Negatives 1876

Wet Plate Negatives 1876

I’ve been digitising a pile of Ambrotypes, Dageurrotypes and negatives (wet&dry) that have been sitting in a box at the studio over the past few months. These …

 

Very large solar prints maybe?

Very large solar prints maybe?

These arrived yesterday, I had bought them from the usual Feepay for a grand total of £4 which included postage?! How they can do that …