Author: Fourtoes

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 …

 

That’s right, not wooden cameras…

That’s right, not wooden cameras…

Three cameras I’ve recently purchased without wet plate in mind….. A Franka Solida III, German made in the 1950s. Slightly different from other Solida cameras in …

 

Ambrotype couple….

Ambrotype couple….

Another cased ambrotype to the collection. Prices on Feepay have shot up over the past six months for ambrotypes. Difficult to get anything for the …

 

One Lump or Two?

One Lump or Two?

A couple of my students have asked if one day tutorials are long enough to learn the wet plate collodion process. They had read on …

 

Watch the Birdie…

Watch the Birdie…

I’ve not blogged much the last couple of months. Lack of motivation I guess. I’ve been re-assessing my working practice and direction, lets just call …

 

Lianne – a wet plate tutorial…

Lianne – a wet plate tutorial…

Lianne is a post grad photographer from Newport who had contacted me about a tintype tutorial. I like to get people to shoot a few …

 

A sliding box camera…

A sliding box camera…

I was lucky enough to find this sliding box camera for sale online, unfortunately it was in Devon, fortunately through the wonderful UK wet plate …

 

The Artist – Dry Plate Neg

The Artist – Dry Plate Neg

This is another historical dry plate negative. A little strange this one. The artist with his back to the camera and collar up, doesn’t seem to …

 

Wet plate tutorial – Brett Clarke

Wet plate tutorial – Brett Clarke

On Sunday I gave a wet plate tutorial to photographer Brett Clarke. Lets just say I think he’s hooked. He shot a variety of tintypes/ambrotypes from …

 

Laser cutting genius

Laser cutting genius

This surprise arrived in the mail today… from the creative hands of Ismail K Azril. Ismail you are a genius, I did wonder what you were …

 

Pupil of F.S.Archer – The Inventor

Pupil of F.S.Archer – The Inventor

I bought this a few months ago along with some other plates. The subject matter didn’t really do much for me although it is very …

 

Melting by Mark Scholey

Melting by Mark Scholey

Mark called into the studio a few weeks ago while I was varnishing the Lacock Abbey plates, I had one spare dodgy plate left to …

 

Cenarth, West Wales

Cenarth, West Wales

On Friday I travelled down to Swansea for some wet plate collodion work for a BBC TV series, unfortunately thats all I can say, it …

 

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing….

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing….

If you wander through Barton Arcade in Manchester City Centre and glance up at the fancy Victorian iron and glass architecture you might just glimpse …