Author: Fourtoes

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 …

 

A job lot…

A job lot…

Heres two recent job lots of camera stuff I took a gamble on. There was a mixed bag of stuff. Most of it will be going …

 

Korona Portrait camera project

Korona Portrait camera project

This is a Korona Portrait camera with half and whole plate backs. Its in a bit of a state but should scrub up nicely. Obviously the …

 

Painted Albumen Portrait by Southwell of London

Painted Albumen Portrait by Southwell of London

I believe this is a painted albumen print by William Henry Southwell. “The Southwell Brothers comprised the partnership between William (1823–70), Frederick (1833–83) and Edwin (1840–82) …

 

Lacock Abbey – a wet plate weekend

Lacock Abbey – a wet plate weekend

This weekend ten wet plate photographers had the pleasure of visiting Lacock Abbey. It took some planning and a huge thanks to Mark Voce and …

 

All done – 12 x 15 revamp

All done – 12 x 15 revamp

The main problem with the new Thornton Pickard 12×15 camera was the lack of a decent tripod mount, it still had its brass ring for …

 

The Webster Family 1912

The Webster Family 1912

I bought a few half plate negs recently, this is one of them, the text along the top of the neg says “Mr T Webster …

 

Wet plate negatives & VDB’s

Wet plate negatives & VDB’s

Wet plate negsatives have been on my list of “to do’s” for a while. I’d been playing around with bright ambrotypes and Van Dyke Brown …

 

Storage & Display – A Frame

Storage & Display – A Frame

I bought this vintage wooden frame a few weeks ago thinking it a little unusual and maybe the answer to storing and displaying plates for …

 

Thornton Pickard 12 x 15 inch camera

Thornton Pickard 12 x 15 inch camera

I picked up this 12 x 15 inch Thornton Pickard camera at auction. Was lucky to get it for a good price as they didn’t …

 

Kodak No.3A Autographic

Kodak No.3A Autographic

Have had this boxed Kodak No.3A Autographic sitting on the dining table at home for a few weeks. I was just about to put it …

 

Mikey – A wet plate tutorial

Mikey – A wet plate tutorial

Mikey Boardman came to the studio for a wet plate tutorial on Sunday. He’s about to start his under grad. course in Photography at Blackburn. He …

 

Steph – a quick VDB

Steph – a quick VDB

Went to the studio today to give it a good clean and sort out, as I’d just dropped off a load of gear on Thursday. …

 

A Victorian wet plate negative.

A Victorian wet plate negative.

I have a large number of ambrotypes, tintypes and a few opalotypes now. This is the first wet plate negative to be added to my …

 

Opalotype – Grandfather Kissack

Opalotype – Grandfather Kissack

This hand coloured Opalotype arrived in the post a few weeks ago, sadly it cracked during delivery, luckily it was paper backed and it kept …