Category Archive: Misc

The British School at Rome

The British School at Rome

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to The British School at Rome, to provide a wet plate collodion demonstration to the Ashby Patrons, …

 

The BIG wet plate tent…

The BIG wet plate tent…

Last year four friends – Moo Pa, Patrick, Laura and I thought it would be a good idea to buy a large tent for wet …

 

Cyanotypes in Portugal

Cyanotypes in Portugal

We recently had a week away in the sunshine in Portugal. I decided to take along some cyanotype chems as its one of the easiest …

 

Made me look twice…

Made me look twice…

I’ve become quite skilled at searching through large numbers of images on internet auction sites. The other day I had to do a double take …

 

Now on Instagram

Now on Instagram

I’ve been an Instagram member for a while but had never posted anything. During a recent trip to the USA, I was asked a few …

 

V&A Photography Centre

V&A Photography Centre

I totally forgot to blog about my visit to the V&A Photography Centre back in October. That was a busy weekend with a workshop, several …

 

Oops

Oops

Okay, I realise the previous post talks about getting rid of stuff…. but I couldn’t help myself! Heres todays job lot, bought from a house clearance …

 

For Sale – Winter clear out

For Sale – Winter clear out

First lot for a clear out of the studio to make a little space and raise some funds. My trusty workhorse 5×7 (13×18) tailboard camera with …

 

Dallmeyer 4B on camera at last!

Dallmeyer 4B on camera at last!

This weekend I managed to collect two brass lens flanges, kindly organised by Mark Voce, one of which was for the huge Dallmeyer 4B lens. …

 

Lux Darkrooms & Photogravure

Lux Darkrooms & Photogravure

I’m in London for five days so took the opportunity to ask Constanza Isaza from Lux Darkrooms if she’d provide a workshop on calibrating and …

 

Blank Cabinet cards…

Blank Cabinet cards…

There’s something about a blank cabinet card that I find quite intriguing. Wether its the loss of potential, a missing story or just material that …

 

Kodak 3A but different…

Kodak 3A but different…

I’ve been looking for rough Kodak 3A and 4A’s for wetplate collodion but prices have gone a little crazy on Ebay. The ones I do …

 

Annual photopolymer gravures

Annual photopolymer gravures

Well that was frustrating. It seems its been 12 months since I last looked at photopolymer printing, its the main reason I bought the etching …

 

Victorian wet plate negatives and some news.

Victorian wet plate negatives and some news.

I realise I haven’t posted these quarter plate collodion negatives on the blog following the April Fools post (sorry about that, especially to those that …

 

“Frear” Hollyer Cabinet Cards

“Frear” Hollyer Cabinet Cards

Whilst watching the Argentina V Wales match on TV, I took the opportunity to take a closer look at the Victorian photograph albums sitting in …

 

Quarter plate sliding back camera

Quarter plate sliding back camera

Had a trip out to New Brighton this afternoon, some lunch on the sea front and then on to pick up an ebay camera purchase. This …

 

European Collodion Weekend 2018

European Collodion Weekend 2018

What a fantastic weekend. We’ve just returned from this years European Collodion Weekend, (ECW2018). Steph came along with  me this year. The previous years have been …

 

Mobile darkroom number 3

Mobile darkroom number 3

My new mobile darkroom/campervan. A 2004 Renault Master MWB panel van 120 bhp with 105K. I’d been looking for a van for a while but …

 

Victorian Giants, John Thomson, T-shirts and extortionate ticket prices.

Victorian Giants, John Thomson, T-shirts and extortionate ticket prices.

This weekend we took a train down to London to meet up with some friends and fellow wet plate photographers to see some exhibitions. First up …

 

Full case half plate ambrotype

Full case half plate ambrotype

Today Id like to share this recent purchase with you all. A wonderful full case half plate ambrotype. When it arrived I was very disappointed to …

 

A Dallmeyer 4B lens

A Dallmeyer 4B lens

A huge thank you to fellow photographer and friend, Patrick Ballanger, for inspecting and collecting my latest purchase, proving it is still possible to find a …

 

Lynne – a follow up session

Lynne – a follow up session

Lynne took a wet plate workshop maybe two years ago. Her chemicals have sat dormant for a long while and she was now in a …

 

The Wattingers

The Wattingers

Check out the fantastic artwork on The Wattingers latest album, Bad Day At Growlers Rock. Colour photography by Ruud De Korte. Inside case wet plate image by …

 

Doppelgängers and Spectres

Doppelgängers and Spectres

I bid on some nondescript quarter plate glass negatives on Ebay and had a sneaking suspicion they were trick double exposure photography….. or three sets …

 

A family album – Chester

A family album – Chester

I bought this photograph album at a house clearance stall at a local antique fair a week or so ago. There’s no text to give any …

 

Beyond the Battlefields : Kathe Buchler

Beyond the Battlefields : Kathe Buchler

Last Thursday I went along to the opening of Beyond the Battlefields: Kathe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany WWI Grosvener Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, M156BR …

 

Hanging print drying rack…

Hanging print drying rack…

I’ve seen these at various print studios and always thought what a great simple idea. As I’m having a clear out of equipment at the …

 

iPhone Darkroom safelight

iPhone Darkroom safelight

I really have to thank Mark Acton for this great little tip. He’d come to the studio last weekend for a wet plate refresher and …

 

Clear out time…

Clear out time…

Its time for that clear out I keep talking about, lets start with this lot… Now all on ebay 1: A large plate rack, makers initial …

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Well, it’s been a busy year. Some great wet plate events, have met some really lovely people and worked on some amazing jobs. This year I …

 

The Strines Journal and the Calotype

The Strines Journal and the Calotype

This blog post has sat in my draft folder for a couple of years now, I can’t believe I’ve not blogged it. Mea Culpa. The …

 

Stereographs and Lantern Slides

Stereographs and Lantern Slides

Today I started to digitise my collection of Magic Lantern Slides and Stereographs. I figured these would be the best to start putting into Omeka as they will …

 

Wooden Cash Register… Ker-ching!

Wooden Cash Register… Ker-ching!

I bought this old wooden cash register back in the summer ready for the charity wet plate events that I attend with Andy and Patrick. …

 

The Phantom Thread – Trailer

The Phantom Thread – Trailer

Back in April I did a little photography work for the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie “The Phantom Thread”, starring Daniel Day Lewis, in what …

 

Storage…

Storage…

As I’m cataloguing, and making available online, my digitised Victorian photography collection I thought it best to store them a little bit better than the …

 

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca

I have now sorted the CSV import errors I was having with the Omeka software, so I’m now looking at standardising my vocabulary for the …

 

Digital Access Management

Digital Access Management

The past few months I’ve been looking at different ways to get my historic photographic collections searchable and online with relevant metadata and images. In the …

 

2018 Wet Plate Weekend – Guys Cliffe House

2018 Wet Plate Weekend – Guys Cliffe House

I know this is really early but we need to see how much interest there is in holding the 2018 UK Wet Plate Weekend at Guys …