Wet Plate Collodion Demo @ SASK St. Niklaas (BE) 10-04-11

Some time ago I was invited by Fred Bosschaert & Lieven Nollet to give a wet plate collodion demo at SASK St. Niklaas. Yesterday came that day. I got up at 6:30 to leave for St. Niklaas at around 07:15. Unfortunately I forgot some stuff and had to drive back home to pick them up. Add to that the construction works at the E313 leading to me arriving a bit later than I had hoped for. When I got up to the classroom where I was giving the demo I saw everyone was already seated and waiting for me to start. And as chaotic as I can be I started. Luckily Bart came along for the demo and we worked together flawlessly as he took up the preparing of everything in the darkroom while I could find my way in talking and laying everything out on the table.

One attendee looking at the Darlot lens

One attendee looking at the Darlot lens

It was a fantastic demo with lots of engaged listeners. It’s so fantastic seeing the surprise and wonderment on peoples faces when showing them the camera with the ground glass, explaining the age of the lenses, its apertures, black glass vs. clear glass and of course the process where especially the fixing part jumps out and makes for wild reactions. It was such a great pleasure showing them and spreading the knowledge of gone-by days. One person was so kind to send my photos of that day which I could place on my blog. So, all images (so far) are the courtesy of Corien de Witte.

I brought some images for them to see and feel

I brought some images for them to see and feel

I also brought a quickly produced photo on clear glass (negative) so they could see what would happen with (right side) and without black (left side)

I also brought a quickly produced image on clear glass (negative) so they could see what would happen with (right side) and without black backing (left side)

Prepping the photo of Lieven Nollet, the photography teacher at SASK St. Niklaas

Prepping the photo of Lieven Nollet, the photography teacher at SASK St. Niklaas

The darkroom part; they have this marvelous space with an open wet table in the middle which provides for an optimal working space to show people the process

The darkroom part; they have this marvelous space with an open wet table in the middle which provides for an optimal working space to show people the process

Under the hood, final focusing before the actual photo

Under the hood, final focusing before the actual photo

Right before I placed the back with the plate on the camera

Right before I placed the back with the plate on the camera

Lieven Nollet immortalized

Lieven Nollet immortalized

Bart was kind enough to varnish the plates made (my hands can't stand the heat very well)

Bart was kind enough to varnish the plates made (my hands cant stand the heat very well)

Bart varnishing the plate

Bart varnishing the plate

Unfortunately I don’t have any images of the photos made, I did two, but hope that someone will be willing to give me those so I can put them here as well (hint hint) 😉

Edit: I received a scan from the first plate I made that day from Lieven. Thank you Fred! Bit of weird the collodion pealed off as it was a tintype = clean plate to start with. Next plate was much cleaner. Maybe I was less nervous then 😉

Edit: I also received a photo where the second plate is on also from Corien de Wiite (thank you again!)

For some reason yet unknown to me the photo decides to upload itself in magenta…I’ll have look at it later, for now I find it kind of funky (though not representing the original).

Anyway, I would love to this again as everyone seemed to have had a wonderful time, including me!

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2 responses

  1. Super demo Indra. And Bart was doing a great job!
    The photo is already online on facebook. I’ll send you the scan.
    Fantastic work you did!

    Fred

    April 12, 2011 at 16:28

    • Thank you Fred! I loved it too and Bart is indeed a good pair of extra hands! I’ll add the photograph to my post here. Thanks a lot!

      Indra

      April 14, 2011 at 21:09

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