Category Archive: Alternate Processes

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 …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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. …

 

VDB contrast control

VDB contrast control

I wasn’t best pleased with my last lot of Van Dyke Brown prints so thought I’d have another go with some contrast control this time. …

 

Keith Taylor – Printer & Photographer

Keith Taylor – Printer & Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I got an email out of the blue asking for my postal address. On following this up it turned out …

 

Solar Plate at The Hot Bed Press

Solar Plate at The Hot Bed Press

I recently attended a workshop in Solar Plate or Photo Polymer printing at The Hot Bed Press, Salford. The Hot Bed Press is based at …

 

Cyanotypes from Ambrotypes…

Cyanotypes from Ambrotypes…

Printed some quick cyanotypes from Richards plates. Exposure times were around 13 minutes, just cant seem to get them down from that using the UV face …

 

Paper negatives…

Paper negatives…

It occurred to me the other day that there were a few “basic” photographic techniques I’d never even tried. I’m sure there are many intricacies and …

 

Beginners Bromoil…

Beginners Bromoil…

Bromoil printing has been on my list of “must try processes” for quite a while. I was making a chem order so added some Bromoil …

 

Eloise – A tea toned Cyanotype

Eloise – A tea toned Cyanotype

Heres a cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown and a green tea toned cyanotype print. These were printed from a clear glass ambrotype I had laying around …

 

Salt Printing 2…

Salt Printing 2…

Another go at salt printing today. The UV facial tanner arrived in the mail. Exposures are much shorter but as expected the contrast was much flatter. …

 

Salt printing…

Salt printing…

Thought I’d have a go at Salt printing today. A quick visit to the corner shop for some table salt. I already had silver nitrate. The paper …

 

For Sale: Prints from the Fourtoes Archive

For Sale: Prints from the Fourtoes Archive

I was thinking of ways to aid the funding of my new studio space, so I’m offering up a collection of  Van Dyke Brown prints …

 

Chart Throb for President!

Chart Throb for President!

I’ve had quite a few enquiries about the digital wet plates (captured from a computer screen) as I’ve started offering them via my website. My main …

 

Giovanni – A wet plate tutorial workshop.

Giovanni – A wet plate tutorial workshop.

Giovanni had no previous background in photography, his interest in wet plate came about as a distraction from his PhD studies in Rural Development. His …

 

Quick contact prints..

Quick contact prints..

Had an hour or two spare this evening after a digital job at MMU. Steph was working till 7 so I popped to the studio …

 

Delamere Forest – World Wet Plate Day 2012

Delamere Forest – World Wet Plate Day 2012

Okay so its World Wet Plate Day and its also a Bank Holiday in the UK. Steph, Sue and Pat went off for a cycle …

 

The Freemans

The Freemans

I’ve just got back from South Wales after having had a great time at my good friend, Andy, 40th Birthday surprise bash. Stayed at a …

 

Scotland for the brave…

Scotland for the brave…

February probably isn’t the best time if year to spend a week in Scotland. We’d not been to “The Machars” before so wasn’t too sure …

 

Sneak preview……

Sneak preview……

Well tomorrow is the opening event for the Porter & Jenkinson Curious Pursuits exhibition.  Curious Pursuits blog link I’ve re-framed some of the plates from the “Things …

 

Pigeon

Pigeon

I’m still having chemistry issues so have started a session of silver nitrate maintenance. Filtered and sunning at the moment, not that we have that …

 

Did I mention it was cold…

Did I mention it was cold…

Steph took the day off today and suggested we go shoot some plates. When I say we I mean me, she sits in the warm …

 

Last of the season…

Last of the season…

The cats have taken the hint and are now leaving their kills outside of the catflap, so no more surprises on the carpet. The downside …

 

Vicky

Vicky

Here’s a whole plate portrait of Vicky. This is at 30 seconds f4.5 with full bellows extension, I was surprised I couldn’t crop closer with this …

 

The Boydell Sisters

The Boydell Sisters

Steph and Vicky wanted to go to the studio today to shoot some plates. Vicky hadn’t been before and was visiting from London/Cambodia/Paris? As soon as …

 

Two Brewers

Two Brewers

Heres another plate from yesterday using the Watson Studio camera. You can see clearly my silver bath need some work doing to it. I don’t …

 

Houston….we have a problem.

Houston….we have a problem.

John shot a couple of plates during his last workshop that showed some peculiar results that were hard to fathom. All of a sudden certain subject …

 

Gopal returns

Gopal returns

Back in September Gopal visited the studio to have a look at the wet plate process, today he popped in to the studio to pick …

 

Multi lens cameras…

Multi lens cameras…

I really like the small gem size plates and would love a multi lens gem camera but these go for silly money, when you can …

 

A still life session with Kirsteen Aubrey

A still life session with Kirsteen Aubrey

On Friday I had a wetplate session with Kirsteen Aubrey, unfortunately David Crow couldn’t make it, so we shot some plates of objects Kirsteen was …

 

Peoples History Museum – Creative Craft Day

Peoples History Museum – Creative Craft Day

I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to stop at my stall on Saturday at the PHM Creative Craft Day. And a …

 

Everythings coming up roses.

Everythings coming up roses.

With the “Creative Craft Day” at the Peoples History museum fast approaching I thought it best to shoot a couple of plates that might appeal …

 

Manchester Weekender Art Fair at the Peoples History Museum.

Manchester Weekender Art Fair at the Peoples History Museum.

Alternative/Historical printing processes can be just a little bit of a pain when you change the slightest thing in your workflow. We’d set up a new …

 

Small Things

Small Things

In the unit opposite our studio Small Things have been rehearsing for their up and coming performance at the Whitworth Art Gallery. I grabbed them briefly …