Category Archive: Wet Plate

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 …

 

Rampside Lighthouse

Rampside Lighthouse

Just got back from a couple of days in the Lake District. I had packed the wet plate gear in the van in the chance …

 

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 …

 

Digital Wet Plates…. feels sooooo wrong! but right!

Digital Wet Plates…. feels sooooo wrong! but right!

Thanks to Gerald Figal for putting a few of us onto this. He’d mentioned it over on one of the Wet Plate Collodion Facebook groups. …

 

Canceraid Charity Auction

Canceraid Charity Auction

As part of the Levenshulme Festival Charity Art Auction I donated a wet plate session to a lucky bidder/winner. That person was Michelle and she popped …

 

Marie Canning Ceramics

Marie Canning Ceramics

I’m just having a break from editing yesterdays digital re-shoot for ceramic artist Marie Canning, and taking a look at some of the plates that …

 

Nija

Nija

Its been over a year since I met Nija at the art fair at the Peoples History Museum. She sat for a portrait during a …

 

Why old school is best…

Why old school is best…

Yesterday I did a digital shoot for ceramic artist Marie Canning, she makes delightful dainty ceramic jewellery and accessories. We also shot a couple of …

 

Congratulations Kate & Simon

Congratulations Kate & Simon

Yesterday Steph and I were at the wedding of Kate and Simon. Kate had asked if I’d bring along the wet plate gear and if …

 

Very old collodion…

Very old collodion…

I’d made some inserts for the Hunter Penrose so it’ll take a 12×15 plate, then made an insert to fit inside that one for whole …