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Filter Stacking Method for Sandarac Varnish

I kept postponing making new varnish for way too long until I really pushed myself to it yesterday. The really annoying part about making the varnish is filtering the solution; probably all suffer from that 🙂 But Erik has found a way to do a filter stacking, proper school, so the solution gets filtered 4 times in just one pour. Tadaa!

Now, still have to get to varnishing the plates but that is the fun part! Just thought I’d share. Anyone else funny filter methods which make life easier?

Wet Plate Collodion Demo in Images

In short; it was fun!
In long; it was fun!

🙂

 

All images made by Luc Hommes.

Wet Plate Collodion Demo During MABP & Tefaf

(Sorry, Dutch text today)

Zondag 13 maart tijdens de MABP organiseren wij een extra leuke en vooral gezellige evenement, 
in het Toon Hermans Huis Maastricht 
 
Om de band met onze sympathisanten, sponsoren, vrienden en belangstellenden
te verstevigen wordt er in het nabijgelegen Toon Hermanshuis
op zondag 13 maart een ’special event’ georganiseerd. Een
cultureel samenzijn voor belangstellenden in bijzondere ambiance met
een hapje en een drankje.
 
Drie sprekers staan er op het programma die u kort iets zullen vertellen
over Maastrichtse drukken, oude fotografie en een Maastrichtse componist.
Na afloop bestaat er de mogelijkheid om onder begeleiding van een gids
de beurs te bezoeken.
U en uw partner zijn van harte uitgenodigd door de MABP organisatie
om hierbij aanwezig te zijn.
 
Programma MABP 

11:30 uur Ontvangst van de gasten

12:00 uur Presentatie ‘Maastrichtse Drukkers’

12:15 uur Demonstratie oude fotografie op glasplaat. 
Indra Moonen neemt u mee naar het jaar 1851 van de natte collodion
glasplaten; het eerste op grotere schaal commercieel inzetbare
fotografische procede.
12:45 uur Voordracht over de Maastrichtse componist Jean Lambrechts
Bij voldoende belangstelling worden er hierna rondleidingen over de
antiquarenbeurs gehouden om nader kennis te maken met de beurs en
de standhouders. De beurs highlights zullen door de gids nader worden
toegelicht.
Verder is er ook de mogelijkheid om een kijkje te nemen in het gezellige Toon Hermans Huis
 
Graag reserveren vóór 11 maart: franz.rothenburg@me.com

Leap into the Etsy World

Seeing that I have quite a load of digital images, merely residing on my hard drives, I thought it would be good to give them back some meaning. Meaning and perhaps a new way to pay for my real love: analogue photography 🙂

In the future I might extend this beyond prints from digital files but for now this is it..

Take a look if you want!

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First Collodion Shoot in 1,5 Years; Oh Yeah Baby :-)

Wwwooooooeeeehhhhooooooeeeeewwwwwww!!!!

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Anyway…long time no see 🙂 I started with the chemistry last week, making fresh fix, developer, collodion and checking the silver bath, which looked and tested really well! It had a proper cleaning, with boiling-down half way and all, before I packed it up for moving, but still, quite the surprise. Last Monday, my regular day off, I decided to continue but it was a busy day with a meeting scheduled and had some prepping to do for that so didn’t get much work done in the darkroom. Feeling a bit anxious about that I thought I would give it a shot asking the day off on Tuesday, which I was able to do….so Tuesday was Theday.

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Erik grabbed the change to film everything but we will redo this as I was too much occupied with looking for all my stuff, trying to find back that routine in a new place. I spent about half the time looking for things 🙂 I was too excited to give the plates the proper cleaning they should have had and it clearly shows, as expected. But, it works! The first pour was indescribable; don’t want to sound like a sentimental old fart (the smelly one), but wow, it felt great! The smile on my face….loved it!

Plate before curling

Plate before curling

Well, the obvious curled one

Well, the obvious curled one, but cool nonetheless 🙂

Well, what else can I say? There’s some work to do to get it all ‘perfect’ again, better cleaning, more ether to the collodion as it was relatively cold in the darkroom and it didn’t flow nicely, creating a striped pattern. The smallest first test plate (see plate above) was so scratched and polluted that the layer of collodion curled off while drying, making it look pretty fascinating. Also, I want to re-read Osterman’s manual again, just because it has been awhile and it’s never a bad thing. And of course, making a batch of varnish and do the final very-good-smelling step 🙂

The following images are the ones I like best. The last one is an image Erik made of me. He composed the images, lighting and everything and I did the chemistry part. The digital overview images are mostly Erik’s.

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Hope to see you soon again!

Darkroom No. 6 – the Final

  
After having thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Portugal it was time to take that final step in finishing the darkroom; hooking up the wet table.  

Erik, not experienced in plumbing, was looking up to the job because he felt a little insecure. Due to this darkroom being housed on a squat-basis there are quite a few limitations on how to attach the table to existing water hoses. And a boiler had to be built in as there is no warm water in that space. So, all the more challenging. 

He made a life-size drawing on how the piping needed to be done with the exact measurements and then we started building. The drawing made it so clear that even I could understand it perfectly. Everything was built using compression fittings so if ever, for whatever reason, this thing has to be disarmed and put back again, it’s easily possible. Comforting thought 🙂

Tonight I shall be showing Erik the reward of all this hard work; learning him to develop film! Yes, another soul to dive back into Analogue! I normally do not look forward to developing film (after 10+ years it does get a little boring :-)) but this time it’s different. This time I can’t wait!

And there will be plenty of film sooooo lucky us!  

   
    
   

Building Darkroom Nr. 6

It took awhile, but finally a bit of rest caught up along with more will to start rebuilding the darkroom and studio. The thought of having to break it off again when Ad Hoc tells us to leave kind of put me off rebuilding. But in the end it keeps me from being able to work so rebuilding really is the only option. And.. it is fun! Rethinking everything all over is always a challenge and an exciting thing to do. The only major thing left to finish is hooking up the wet table to water and a drain. Got all the stuff, just needs to be done.

Today we finished making the space light tight with some great fabric, donated by Erik which he bought quite a few years back for a whole different purpose. My first plan was to use something like black rubble sacks, double-layered, and tape it to the windows (which were quite a few!). But this is much much better as only one layer is sufficient to get the job done and it’s white so reflects all red light inside and reflects light, thus heat, outside. Anyway, enough with the blabla…onto some images, from start to where it’s at now 🙂

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So…that is as it stands now..Hopefully soon things will be fully up and running. About the cloth, it’s a three-layer synthetic fabric, two outer whites and one inner black. Don’t know the price, don’t know the name, only that it works REALLY well, it’s light, thin and easy to handle / cut etc. If I find more info on it in the future I’ll add this.

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Have a great evening and I’ll be off for some dark dreams tonight 🙂

KunstTour 2015: 23 – 25 May 11-18 hr

Yeah, it’s that time again 🙂 This year my work will be shown at the SAM Decorfabriek, Meerssenerweg 215 Maastricht. I will be there all three days so feel free to come and ‘bother’ me about anything that comes to mind.

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“De Passie van…” in magazine “De Markant”

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Click the following link to read the article properly:
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Dutch Alternative Photography Meeting & Artist Talk: Jeroen de Wijs over Collodiumprocedés

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Uitnodiging
Dutch Alternative Photography Meeting & Artist Talk: Jeroen de Wijs over Collodiumprocedés

Zondag 19 april 2015
13.00 tot 16.30 uur (de lezing begint rond 14 uur)

‘t Oude Pothuys
Oudegracht 279
3511 PA Utrecht
030 231 8970
http://www.pothuys.nl/

10 minuten loopafstand van het CS en van een gratis parkeer omgeving (Heling). Zie: http://tinyurl.com/o32qodq

Toegang gratis.
Aanmelding is niet verplicht, wel gewenst i.v.m. beperkte ruimte in ‘t Oude Pothuys.
Aanmelden kan via de Facebook event-pagina of via DutchAlternativePhotography@gmail.com.

‘Toeval, traagheid, ambachtelijkheid’. Jeroen de Wijs (Boerdonk, 1975) weet precies wat hem aanspreekt in collodium-procedés. Tijdens de eerste bijeenkomst van Dutch Alternative Photography zal hij enthousiast vertellen over de liefde voor zijn vak. Hij heeft genoeg te melden. Niet voor niets experimenteert hij al jaren met 19e eeuwse collodium-technieken. Toch is Jeroen geen stoffige laborant. Als kunstenaar wil hij vroege fotografische processen graag zelf in de vingers krijgen zodat hij ze kan aanwenden voor zijn eigen werk: ‘Het is niet zo dat ik het oude wil reproduceren. Ik zoek juist naar moderne beeld- en presentatievormen’.

Dutch Alternative Photography is een platform voor alternatieve fotografie technieken in Nederland en Vlaanderen geïnitieerd in 2012 door An Zuriel. Het doel van dit platform is het overdragen van alternatieve fotografie kennis aan geïnteresseerden en het voor iedereen toegankelijk maken van het fenomeen alternatieve fotografie. Naast het online platform, wil Dutch Alternative Photography een podium geven voor netwerken en uitwisseling van kennis. Aan dit initiatief werken: Indra Moonen, Jeroen de Wijs, Herman Maes en An Zuriel.