Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral

This weekend I popped in to Chester Cathedral during a Sunday Service and the light in there was amazing. I rarely post up stand alone digital …

 

Delamere Forest with Mikey Boardman

Delamere Forest with Mikey Boardman

Mikey Boardman had taken a workshop with me last year and had been shooting mostly portraits, he wanted to shoot outdoors and had gathered together …

 

Get tin!

Get tin!

Thanks to Peter Van Hal for sending me my Trophy Aluminium from Holland. I was supposed to pick these up as full sheets at ECW …

 

Out with the old, in with the new – ish.

Out with the old, in with the new – ish.

I’m retiring my well used leaking rusty acrylic 10×8 tank thats held together with gaffer tape for this wood boxed one I found on Feepay… Ive had good …

 

Daguerreotype siblings

Daguerreotype siblings

Heres another lovely daguerreotype I’ve added to the collection, of a young boy and his sister. Its in excellent condition but a little dusty inside, I’ll …

 

The Brierley Family

The Brierley Family

These two ambrotypes were for sale at a local auction house, I had left a commission bid and had surprisingly won when I checked my …

 

Photography for Girls 1884

Photography for Girls 1884

Today I was sent this image file by the archivist at MMU Special Collections. He came across it whilst carrying out some research in their …

 

T-MAX100 in the Bessa 66

T-MAX100 in the Bessa 66

I put a quick roll through the Bessa 66 at work. Exposures were “guesstimates” and then when I was scanning these in I remembered the …

 

Frank meet Bessy

Frank meet Bessy

In my continual search for a smaller 6×6 rangefinder, this little beauty arrived on my desk this week. A Voigtlander Bessa 66. My usual go to medium …

 

Mrs Lewthwaite & William Lewthwaite

Mrs Lewthwaite & William Lewthwaite

My heart sank when I opened this recent purchase. The sound of glass rattling about is never a good sign. Luckily it was only the …

 

Photobulletin Magazine – Bulgaria – Veneta Zaharieva

Photobulletin Magazine – Bulgaria – Veneta Zaharieva

I have just returned from two weeks in Portugal to find lots of parcels and goodies on my work desk. Mostly vintage plates, plate holders, …

 

The Strobes of Doom

The Strobes of Doom

Robert O’Callaghan was visiting Manchester for an RPS event, so last night he popped by the studio to shoot some plates and try out his …

 

Drawn by Light

Drawn by Light

Drawn by Light – The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum is on till the 21st June 2105. Go see it! Steph and …

 

The Silver Sunbeam

The Silver Sunbeam

The Silver Sunbeam is surely one of the must have reads for any photographer using historic processes. Written by John Towler in 1864, before you …

 

ECW 2015

ECW 2015

Well its been a week since I’ve got back from the 2015 European Collodion Weekend at Eindhoven, Holland. Over 40 International collodion wet platers talking, …

 

Lynne Connolly – a wet plate tutorial

Lynne Connolly – a wet plate tutorial

On Saturday Lynne Connolly came to the studio for a wet plate tutorial. Lynne is a photographic artist and Tutor at Chester University. She shot a variety …

 

Parcel mountain

Parcel mountain

The good thing about returning from a week off work is the large amount of pressies waiting for me! Lovely tinted ambrotype Tiny tinted ambrotype 50 1/4 plate …

 

Mr Langtons Parlour Portrait

Mr Langtons Parlour Portrait

Two framed tinted albumen prints by James Arthur Langton. I didn’t buy these for the actual photographs but more for the printed details on the …

 

Criterion View Camera

Criterion View Camera

I always recommend to people when they ask, only buy a camera if it has its plate holder(s). Every now and again I should listen …

 

New ambrotypes to the collection

New ambrotypes to the collection

A couple of little ambrotypes to add to the collection. Prices continue to rise for vintage plates on Feepay, especially for ones in decent cases. People …

 

Bromoil print from a 12×15 ambrotype

Bromoil print from a 12×15 ambrotype

Its been a year since I met Michaela Pospíšilová at ECW and saw her wonderful Bromoil prints. We had a good chat, regardless of the language …

 

Three years later…

Three years later…

Its taken three years of searching but Ive managed to find an early edition of Twenty Three Years Under a Sky-Light Or Life and Experiences …

 

Lenny Lawes – a problem solving refresher.

Lenny Lawes – a problem solving refresher.

Lenny was first shown wet plate by her Degree course tutor, who had attended a variety of workshops in the UK in the past. They …

 

LLanina Ruins, West Wales.

LLanina Ruins, West Wales.

Last week I visited my Parents in West Wales for a couple of days. I’d taken along the wet plate gear just in case. I’m continually …

 

Digi negs & ChartThrob

Digi negs & ChartThrob

I’ve been trying to stay away from digi negs for the past couple of years, preferring to make prints from plates, especially now from wet …

 

David Hum & Co, Manchester.

David Hum & Co, Manchester.

This is a print I purchased a while ago, I recognised it as being of Manchester and that at the top right is a photographers studio. …

 

Tripods galore…

Tripods galore…

I needed a period specific tripod for a recent TV job (to air in June). I didn’t think my usual Gandolfi would pass muster so …

 

Introducing Miss Dunlop

Introducing Miss Dunlop

I bought these a couple of months ago, thanks to the help of Andrew for picking them up and sending them on to me. The online …

 

Whole Plate TC Bridges of Bradford

Whole Plate TC Bridges of Bradford

I picked this up at a local “antique” centre. Had just about finished looking around when I glanced down next to a bookcase and saw a …

 

Lee Garland – A Wet Plate Tutorial

Lee Garland – A Wet Plate Tutorial

This Sunday I gave a wet plate tutorial to photographer Lee Garland. His very first plate. He says it was a fluke! Not a bad start. I …

 

Dry Plate – A building site

Dry Plate – A building site

Heres another dry plate neg from a recent batch of purchases. This one is of a building site in Swanwick, Derbyshire dated August 1914, attributed …

 

Great British Railway Journeys at Penllergare.

Great British Railway Journeys at Penllergare.

Back in July 2014 I was contacted by Boundless Productions, makers of Great British Railway Journeys.  They were looking for a photographer working in historical …

 

The Purrfect Host….

The Purrfect Host….

I recently made an opportunist bid on a box of Dry quarter plates, having only seen one in the description, I must say I’m pleasantly …

 

Franka Solida III at John Rylands Library

Franka Solida III at John Rylands Library

I put a roll of expired Kodak 400TX through the Solida 3 on Christmas Eve at the John Rylands Library. I forget where I work sometimes, …

 

Peter Forshaw 1815 – 1870

Peter Forshaw 1815 – 1870

I bought this framed photograph via an auction house. A little more than I would usually pay but I was a little intrigued by what …

 

Christmas has come late…

Christmas has come late…

On visiting my Parents prior to Christmas I was shown a couple of boxes of photographic equipment that had been dropped off by a friend …

 

Scrubbed up Sliding Box camera…

Scrubbed up Sliding Box camera…

Well its all back together again. It needed a little more work than I first expected. This is what it looked like… And what it looks like …

 

Decapitated Mamiya Press camera

Decapitated Mamiya Press camera

I can blame recent wet plate student Lianne for this one, she brought a Mamiya Super 23 to her tutorial for shooting wet plates. I …