Author: Fourtoes

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 …

 

The Limehouse Golem – Trailer

The Limehouse Golem – Trailer

The Limehouse Golem is due for UK release September 1st. Can you spot The John Rylands Library, Manchester? I’m intrigued to see how they’ve used my wet …

 

Korona and Collars

Korona and Collars

It’s amazing what one can find in the storage space on top of the darkroom. James had called in to pick up a portable darkroom project …

 

A visit to Berlin

A visit to Berlin

Steph and I had a week in Berlin recently, I’ve just about recovered. I’d not been to Berlin before but will certainly be back for …

 

Oh not again… Fallowfield & Co.

Oh not again… Fallowfield & Co.

So, I took a gamble, this was at an auction house near Ipswich. The gamble was it could have been a 12×15 inch tailboard camera, turns …

 

Dimbola Lodge – Julia Margaret Cameron

Dimbola Lodge – Julia Margaret Cameron

Last week I was working in Portsmouth digitising the Overlord Embroidery at the DDay Museum. I’ll blog about that via the proper channels as it …

 

Day trip to Leicester

Day trip to Leicester

We popped across to Leicester the other weekend to pick up a Print Down Frame (UV vacuum exposure unit) from a local printer that was retiring. Looking …

 

The Big Big Camera at Gallery Oldham

The Big Big Camera at Gallery Oldham

Yesterday I visited Gallery Oldham to listen to Artist in Residence and photographer Ian Beesley, and his continuing work with a Hunter Penrose process camera …

 

Drypoint – First attempts

Drypoint – First attempts

Steph and I spent a few hours in the studio today, trying our hand at Drypoint printing. First we had popped to St. Helens to pick …

 

Setting up the Etching Press

Setting up the Etching Press

Well its about time I bit the bullet. The Rollaco Gem etching press arrived a couple of weekends ago. I ordered a load of inks …

 

The collectors dilemma…

The collectors dilemma…

I’m sure this topic has been discussed many times before but it came to light again recently. It seems standard practice for some dealers to break up …

 

A Winter Wet Plate Social

A Winter Wet Plate Social

Last Saturday I travelled down to Peterborough with Mark Voce and Mark Scholey to visit Tony Lovell at his new studio. He had offered an open invite …

 

Egypt – A Dry Plate Holiday

Egypt – A Dry Plate Holiday

Box of quarter plates, a mix of portraits and a trip to Egypt, Luxor I think…. A hobbyist photographer. “In Loving Memory of Jane Andrew, Widow …

 

Acquaintance and collections

Acquaintance and collections

I picked up an ebay item last week from Janet, who turned out to be a fellow collector. We got chatting as you do when …

 

Dovertype

Dovertype

I bought this for a couple of £ as it looked a little unusual. I have no idea what a “Dovertype” is, all I know …

 

St Benets Abbey – an album

St Benets Abbey – an album

A lovely photo album of L. Lanes, Summer Holiday to the Norfolk Broads… This slideshow requires JavaScript. Early tourists at St Benets Abbey…. note the little field …

 

The Riley Jones Collection

The Riley Jones Collection

I’m calling these the Riley Jones Collection, kindly donated by Gwen Riley Jones. A box full of half plates and a handful of quarter plates. …

 

Ambrotype of a young girl

Ambrotype of a young girl

A lovely quarter plate uncased ambrotype, added to the collection, I thought it might have been in a worse condition than it actually is. It was advertised …

 

New to the studio wall…

New to the studio wall…

I just have to blog this fantastic gift and latest addition to my studio wall this evening. This amazing enameled sign was a gift from fellow …

 

Elizabeth – A wetplate workshop

Elizabeth – A wetplate workshop

I’ve not blogged a workshop for a while so heres one from this weekend. Elizabeth had no darkroom experience but being a self confessed nerd, who …

 

Ugly duckling tintype 

Ugly duckling tintype 

I’m Just going through some drawers at the studio before a workshop this weekend. Having the seasonal edit and throw out and find this quarter …

 

More to the Collection…

More to the Collection…

I think its about time I catalogued and stored my historic photography collection properly. It becoming a little uncontrolled. Here are some further additions. A mix …

 

ECW 2016

ECW 2016

I cannot believe I didn’t blog about the 2016 European Collodion Weekend (ECW)!!! One of the highlights of my year, I really look forward to travelling …

 

Llanthony Priory 2016

Llanthony Priory 2016

As I’m updating my main website I’ve noticed another event I seem to have forgot to blog about last year. Last years Wet Plate Weekend meet …

 

The Lifeboat Station Project

The Lifeboat Station Project

I can’t believe it’s the end of 2016. As a final blog post for this year I’d like to share with you a great few days …

 

Dry Plates and Albumen Print

Dry Plates and Albumen Print

Recent Feepay purchases to add to my collection. Three half plates (Dry) and a lovely whole plate albumen print. And this Bearded chap being the reason I …

 

Darkroom Lantern – Pocket Size?

Darkroom Lantern – Pocket Size?

A pocket size Darkroom Lantern for Dry Plate Photography made by Perken, Son and Rayment. Surprisingly after all these years its all intact, well, apart from …