Author: Fourtoes

The West Riding Asylum, Menston, Yorkshire. 1901

The West Riding Asylum, Menston, Yorkshire. 1901

It’s not often I re-blog about “proper” work related topics but I thought I’d share this image from an item we recently digitised at the John Rylands …

 

Design Manchester 2017

Design Manchester 2017

Collecting Malcolm Garrett: snapshots from the world of tomorrow 11 September 2017 – 23 March 2018 MMU Special Collections Gallery, 3rd Floor, All Saints Library “This exhibition of books, clothing, …

 

Moo cards- the reprint!

Moo cards- the reprint!

Moo cards offered to reprint my gold foil business cards because of the pooling issues. Rather than just reprint with the same problems Jonathan updated the …

 

Colin – A Wet Plate Tutorial 

Colin – A Wet Plate Tutorial 

Last weekend Colin came to the studio for a wet plate tutorial.  His first wet plate attempts, on location at Llanthony Priory, might have left him …

 

A little carried away?

A little carried away?

My new Moo business cards arrived today and they may be a little too bling, what do you think? Last month I had similar cards made …

 

Llanthony Priory Wet Plate Weekend 2017

Llanthony Priory Wet Plate Weekend 2017

Thanks to everyone who turned up to this years Lllanthony Priory wet plate weekend. And for those who couldn’t make it, next year there is …

 

The Limehouse Golem

The Limehouse Golem

Today is the UK general cinema release of “The Limehouse Golem“, an adaptation of Peter Ackroyds novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem”. Directed by Juan …

 

Slim Pickings

Slim Pickings

Popped into the local antiques fair today, slim pickings indeed, not even any crazily over priced photographic material. There were the usual boxes of postcards, cabinet …

 

Phoenix Alternative Festival 2017

Phoenix Alternative Festival 2017

Last weekend was the 2017 Phoenix Alternative Festival at Llanfyllin Workhouse. Andrew, Patrick and myself attended last year, we had a great time and raised a little …

 

Tinted Whole Plate Ambrotypes

Tinted Whole Plate Ambrotypes

To say I am very happy with these two whole plate ambrotypes would be a slight understatement. They had been advertised on Feepay for not …

 

The Jamiesons

The Jamiesons

I couldn’t resist this set of family portraits dating from February – October, 1884. I’m assuming its Father, Mother, Son and Daughter.Amazing quality and a pleasure to …

 

Argentea Gallery – A wet plate portrait session

Argentea Gallery – A wet plate portrait session

As part of the DevelopedinBirmingham program, Argentea Gallery and I hosted a two day wet plate collodion portrait event. It was booked via Eventbrite as 40 minute slots. …

 

ECW 2017

ECW 2017

Well you wait all year and its over with way too soon. It has to have been the most enjoyable European Collodion Weekends to date. …

 

Edwardian Wet Plates?

Edwardian Wet Plates?

Picked these glass plate negatives up off Feepay recently, the seller had a large number of them, I bought a handful of the better ones …

 

Bromoil printing and ambrotypes

Bromoil printing and ambrotypes

Following on from the previous blog post… I’d made three 12×15 inch ambrotypes for the Shadow Merchants exhibition. The main problem is how to mount/frame such …

 

Shadow Merchants at Argentea Gallery

Shadow Merchants at Argentea Gallery

Yesterday saw the opening of Shadow Merchants at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham, a fantastic space for photographic art.Its part of the Developed in Birmingham season celebrating the …

 

Jones the Chemist

Jones the Chemist

A Dry Plate (1/2) negative of Jones the Chemist. I bought this for a couple of pounds of Feepay just because of the window content. …

 

Rorkes Drift – a fundraising event

Rorkes Drift – a fundraising event

Last weekend Steph and I joined Andrew and Patrick in Brecon, Wales for a Rorkes Drift fundraising event in aid of Help For Heroes and other …

 

The Spencer Collection

The Spencer Collection

Just a very quick blog post before I head to the airport. I’m speaking at the 2+3D Photography Conference at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam tomorrow and just wanted …

 

The Limehouse Golem – Trailer

The Limehouse Golem – Trailer

The Limehouse Golem is due for UK release September 1st. Can you spot The John Rylands Library, Manchester? I’m intrigued to see how they’ve used my wet …

 

Korona and Collars

Korona and Collars

It’s amazing what one can find in the storage space on top of the darkroom. James had called in to pick up a portable darkroom project …

 

A visit to Berlin

A visit to Berlin

Steph and I had a week in Berlin recently, I’ve just about recovered. I’d not been to Berlin before but will certainly be back for …

 

Oh not again… Fallowfield & Co.

Oh not again… Fallowfield & Co.

So, I took a gamble, this was at an auction house near Ipswich. The gamble was it could have been a 12×15 inch tailboard camera, turns …

 

Dimbola Lodge – Julia Margaret Cameron

Dimbola Lodge – Julia Margaret Cameron

Last week I was working in Portsmouth digitising the Overlord Embroidery at the DDay Museum. I’ll blog about that via the proper channels as it …

 

Day trip to Leicester

Day trip to Leicester

We popped across to Leicester the other weekend to pick up a Print Down Frame (UV vacuum exposure unit) from a local printer that was retiring. Looking …

 

The Big Big Camera at Gallery Oldham

The Big Big Camera at Gallery Oldham

Yesterday I visited Gallery Oldham to listen to Artist in Residence and photographer Ian Beesley, and his continuing work with a Hunter Penrose process camera …

 

Drypoint – First attempts

Drypoint – First attempts

Steph and I spent a few hours in the studio today, trying our hand at Drypoint printing. First we had popped to St. Helens to pick …

 

Setting up the Etching Press

Setting up the Etching Press

Well its about time I bit the bullet. The Rollaco Gem etching press arrived a couple of weekends ago. I ordered a load of inks …

 

The collectors dilemma…

The collectors dilemma…

I’m sure this topic has been discussed many times before but it came to light again recently. It seems standard practice for some dealers to break up …

 

A Winter Wet Plate Social

A Winter Wet Plate Social

Last Saturday I travelled down to Peterborough with Mark Voce and Mark Scholey to visit Tony Lovell at his new studio. He had offered an open invite …

 

Egypt – A Dry Plate Holiday

Egypt – A Dry Plate Holiday

Box of quarter plates, a mix of portraits and a trip to Egypt, Luxor I think…. A hobbyist photographer. “In Loving Memory of Jane Andrew, Widow …

 

Acquaintance and collections

Acquaintance and collections

I picked up an ebay item last week from Janet, who turned out to be a fellow collector. We got chatting as you do when …

 

Dovertype

Dovertype

I bought this for a couple of £ as it looked a little unusual. I have no idea what a “Dovertype” is, all I know …

 

St Benets Abbey – an album

St Benets Abbey – an album

A lovely photo album of L. Lanes, Summer Holiday to the Norfolk Broads… This slideshow requires JavaScript. Early tourists at St Benets Abbey…. note the little field …

 

The Riley Jones Collection

The Riley Jones Collection

I’m calling these the Riley Jones Collection, kindly donated by Gwen Riley Jones. A box full of half plates and a handful of quarter plates. …

 

Ambrotype of a young girl

Ambrotype of a young girl

A lovely quarter plate uncased ambrotype, added to the collection, I thought it might have been in a worse condition than it actually is. It was advertised …

 

New to the studio wall…

New to the studio wall…

I just have to blog this fantastic gift and latest addition to my studio wall this evening. This amazing enameled sign was a gift from fellow …

 

Elizabeth – A wetplate workshop

Elizabeth – A wetplate workshop

I’ve not blogged a workshop for a while so heres one from this weekend. Elizabeth had no darkroom experience but being a self confessed nerd, who …