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 …

 

Quarter plate ambrotype of old gent

Quarter plate ambrotype of old gent

Got this lovely quarter plate ambrotype in the post today to add to my ever growing collection of vintage plates. I’m looking for a way of …

 

Normal service will resume shortly…. hopefully!

Normal service will resume shortly…. hopefully!

Its now day 15 of no landline or internet at home. I’ve had to resort to visiting the local “Golden Arches” for their free wifi …

 

Charity Art Auction…

Charity Art Auction…

This years charity art auction will be held at the Klondyke Club on Burnage Range, just off Albert Road in Levenshulme on the 26th October. As …

 

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 …

 

A family tintype

A family tintype

A really beaten up and bruised 5×7 inch tintype of a family. I’m glad I can still get a 99p bargain off Feepay every now …

 

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 …

 

35mm tintypes & ambrotypes

35mm tintypes & ambrotypes

I’ve been promising to do some more wet plate jewellery so today had a go at shooting some smaller plates in an old Mamiya 35mm …

 

Not my usual…

Not my usual…

This little carte de visite was in amongst a recent job lot of plates. I’m not one for collecting these cards but this one is …

 

Mrs Cramp, Birmingham – A painted lady.

Mrs Cramp, Birmingham – A painted lady.

Okay lets see what you make of this one ‘cos I’ve no idea. Tranfer print maybe? It measures 13 x 16 inches and is painted and …

 

That old Watson wet plate camera…

That old Watson wet plate camera…

Its not seen the light of day for a while but I’ve been re-assessing how many cameras I actually need. So I thought I’d give …

 

Hunter Penrose – an addition!

Hunter Penrose – an addition!

Last night I picked up this console table off of Feepay. Solid wood and just the right size. Looks just the job. Theres a slight …

 

How much silver???…

How much silver???…

Today Marizu and I had planned to shoot some large plates in the Hunter Penrose camera. He had brought along some large sheets of glass …

 

Kodak Panchromatic P25 Plates

Kodak Panchromatic P25 Plates

I was given this unopened box of Kodak quarter plates a few months ago when I went to pick up the Ross projection lens for …

 

Solfest 2012 and the two that got away….

Solfest 2012 and the two that got away….

We’ve just got back from a very muddy Solfest. I had taken along the wet plate gear in the back of the van but the weather …

 

Opalotypes…. maybe

Opalotypes…. maybe

Well these two arrived today as promised. A little something different from the usual tintypes and ambrotypes. These, I think, are opalotypes and are whole …

 

One heck of a beard…

One heck of a beard…

I bought these two tins off Feepay for next to nothing, mainly for this chap with the beard, he really does have some character. Its about …

 

Adoration of the Magi tapestry by Edward Burne-Jones (Morris & Co)

Adoration of the Magi tapestry by Edward Burne-Jones (Morris & Co)

A few months ago I had the pleasure of photographing this fantastic tapestry for Special Collections of Manchester Metropolitan University. The original tapestry was commissioned in …

 

  I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet but I was really pleased to see one of my Temperance images was selected as Photo of …

 

Stay out of the sun…

Stay out of the sun…

Here two recent tintypes I’ve added to my collection. One is of a fair skinned young lady, the other is of, well I’m not too sure …

 

Wet Plate Jamboree 2012 – Dundee, New York

Wet Plate Jamboree 2012 – Dundee, New York

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone that made us feel so welcome at the Jamboree. We had a great time. And a special thank you …

 

I’ve got a Top Hat and I’m not afraid to use it.

I’ve got a Top Hat and I’m not afraid to use it.

Heres great little plate in a CDV holder

 

The Morning Star – July 21st 2012

The Morning Star – July 21st 2012

Well I never, its amazing where ones images end up. The PHM emailed me to say that one of my images was used in the …

 

SurfLand, Revisited 2006-2011 at Rick West Fine Art, New York

SurfLand, Revisited 2006-2011 at Rick West Fine Art, New York

I had emailed Joni to see if she was in NY city whilst I was there as she lives in Brooklyn. Unfortunately she was out …

 

A little bit of culture

A little bit of culture

So, the hottest day of the year yesterday followed by a tremendous storm with flash flooding, hail and high winds. Hours later it had dropped …

 

The High Line…

The High Line…

What a fantastic idea… www.thehighline.org Take as long as you like to walk along this raised view of the city. It seems really popular with tourists …

 

The Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum

Did I mention it was hot… Okay I think theres something to this jet lag thingy. After that looong flight yesterday we found ourselves at the …

 

I’m leaving on a jet plane……

I’m leaving on a jet plane……

After twenty very long hours we arrived in New York city. Lets just say its hot……very hot. And it just wouldn’t be British not to complain …

 

Things my cats kill….. a new season.

Things my cats kill….. a new season.

I guess this is bad timing but the cats have just started on their new killing spree, its a shame we’re off to NY for …

 

“The Big ‘un”

“The Big ‘un”

The Penrose Hunter camera is now in the studio with a helping hand from John and some of his students. When I arrived at the sellers …

 

Added extras…

Added extras…

Another two tintypes for the collection. Theres nothing immediately special about this little plate. Maybe a bit odd the framing, but then you can just see …

 

Kodak No.3 update…

Kodak No.3 update…

Amongst the parts that came with a recent 1/2 plate camera was this plate holder. I couldn’t believe my luck. What would be the chances? Its …

 

A 1/2 plate project…

A 1/2 plate project…

Okay okay I’ll stop, this is the last one. Honest. Although I did buy this one to clean up and sell on as again it …

 

Hunter Penrose Ltd Process Camera

Hunter Penrose Ltd Process Camera

I know, I know. I cant help myself. Its just it was going sooooo cheap. Even with the fuel for collection its one of the …

 

I’ve no idea either…

I’ve no idea either…

This is a strange little tintype. Granted she alone looks a little striking but what on earth is going on in the foreground with that drape? …