Category Archive: Wet Plate

Delamere Forest with Mikey Boardman

Delamere Forest with Mikey Boardman

Mikey Boardman had taken a workshop with me last year and had been shooting mostly portraits, he wanted to shoot outdoors and had gathered together …

 

Out with the old, in with the new – ish.

Out with the old, in with the new – ish.

I’m retiring my well used leaking rusty acrylic 10×8 tank thats held together with gaffer tape for this wood boxed one I found on Feepay… Ive had good …

 

The Strobes of Doom

The Strobes of Doom

Robert O’Callaghan was visiting Manchester for an RPS event, so last night he popped by the studio to shoot some plates and try out his …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

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. …

 

Richard

Richard

Richard had popped back to the studio for a couple of plates. I had planned on using window light for the session as the day …

 

Wet plate dog tags anyone?

Wet plate dog tags anyone?

Richard popped into the studio this evening to sit for a couple of plates, when they are dry I’ll copy them and post them up. …

 

European Collodion Weekend 2014

European Collodion Weekend 2014

Well thats another ECW over with and now I’m really looking forward to next years. A 1000 mile trip thats well worth the effort. It was …

 

ECW 2014

ECW 2014

  Next Friday we’ll be driving over to Eindhoven to attend the 2014 European Collodion Weekend. Over 40 International wet plate photographers, artists and practitioners. I need …

 

A portait session with Richard

A portait session with Richard

On Saturday I had a shoot with Richard, he had contacted me via my Model Mayhem profile I’d recently created. I’m trying to start shooting more …

 

Have you ever had one of those days…

Have you ever had one of those days…

… where everything just doesn’t seem to click! I’d never met Dee before, we were introduced by Alex Boyd, and had chatted via Facebook. She had …

 

BBC The One Show

BBC The One Show

On Friday I got a call from Emil, a researcher on the BBC The One Show. They were running a segment on Roger Fenton, his …

 

A Victorian whole plate ambrotype…

A Victorian whole plate ambrotype…

This was given to me by the very generous Vincent Pidone. We have not met but belong to the same wert plate Facebook groups, he …

 

Bounced light test…

Bounced light test…

Not having a true daylight studio (living in Manchester, England it wouldn’t be much use anyway) I decided to do a quick test with my …

 

BBC DRAMA – The Paradise – Series 2

BBC DRAMA – The Paradise – Series 2

A couple of months ago I was contacted by BBC Drama. They had recently started shooting the second series of The Paradise, a period drama …

 

A wet plate tutorial…

A wet plate tutorial…

On Saturday I gave a one day, one to one, wet plate tutorial to Mark, he’d seen my blog and had also sat for a …

 

The Mask Series – “If your face fits”

The Mask Series – “If your face fits”

Heres my submission for the Wet Plate Collodion International Collaborative Collection… also known as The Mask Series. The Mask Series has seen some amazing images submitted …

 

Gothic Manchester

Gothic Manchester

As part of the Gothic Manchester Festival I held a wet plate spirit photography session during the MMU open day on Saturday. We had great fun …

 

Shane Balkowitsch and The Order of the Pith

Shane Balkowitsch and The Order of the Pith

Shane is a friend via The Collodion Bastards Facebook group. He’d mentioned a while back that he was coming to the UK on business for …

 

The John Rylands Library – Wet Plates

The John Rylands Library – Wet Plates

As part of the Portrait of a Living Archive exhibition/event I was asked if I’d give a demonstration of the wet plate collodion process. I’m …

 

Gothic Manchester Festival 21st – 27th October 2013

Gothic Manchester Festival 21st – 27th October 2013

As part of the launch of Manchester’s Centre for Gothic Studies and their Gothic Manchester Festival I’ll be shooting wet plate portraits on Saturday 26th …

 

The UK Wet Plate Weekend!

The UK Wet Plate Weekend!

Last weekend was the first gathering of UK wet plate photographers at Ruberslaw Wild Woods Campsite near Denholm on the Scottish Borders. Most people only knew …

 

Things my cats kill in 35mm!

Things my cats kill in 35mm!

The last of my developer for now till payday. So shot some 35mm plates with the Mamiya slr at the studio. The cats are back on …

 

Mark Mask has arrived…

Mark Mask has arrived…

Mark has been sitting in the studio for the past week. I’ve started a new contract which sees me working at the John Rylands Library, …

 

Hunter Penrose 2:1 or more?

Hunter Penrose 2:1 or more?

Had a bit of time spare this afternoon after varnishing a digitype job. Decided to see what the magnification/focal distance was on the Hunter Penrose camera …

 

The big boil down…

The big boil down…

Yesterday I boiled down my silver bath in a saucepan on our kitchen stove. Didnt stink as bad as I thought it would. Normally I’d just …

 

Pitstop Open Day 2013

Pitstop Open Day 2013

In between hot dogs and coffee I managed to shoot a couple of plates… A great day with some great looking bikes, something for everyone. Pitstop …