The Phoenix Alternative Festival 2016

The Phoenix Alternative Festival 2016

A couple of weekends ago Andrew Billington, Patrick Ballanger and myself were invited along to the Phoenix Alternative Festival held at LLanfyllin Workhouse in Mid …

 

Stereo Negatives – Blackburn area.

Stereo Negatives – Blackburn area.

This is the box of Stereo 45×107 mm glass negatives I mentioned in a previous post, bought at an antiques fair in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. Verascope, Polyscope and …

 

A productive weekend…

A productive weekend…

It’s been a busy few weeks and the next few weekends are booked up with more events. A couple of weeks ago I was in West Wales …

 

To Ebay or not Ebay. That is the question!

To Ebay or not Ebay. That is the question!

I’m still sorting through stuff for ebay after the first purge in aid of raising funds for that etching press…. nearly there. This one I bought …

 

Lacock Abbey Wet Plate Weekend 2016

Lacock Abbey Wet Plate Weekend 2016

Thank you to everyone who came and made yet another enjoyable weekend at Lacock Abbey. Thank you to Roger Watson and the NT Staff for allowing …

 

The Big Big Camera at #mcrhistfest

The Big Big Camera at #mcrhistfest

We popped into the Town Hall for the Manchester Histories Festival Celebration Day yesterday. Despite the rain it looked like a very good turn out …

 

St Andrews Photography Festival 2016

St Andrews Photography Festival 2016

I was contacted today by Rachel Nordstrom, event organiser, with an open social invite to all wet platers to come along to the St Andrews Photography …

 

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, …