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.
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!
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.
Hope to see you soon again!
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!
After much anticipation the symposium “Breekbaar Bezit” became present. I travelled to Antwerp on Wednesday afternoon to beat the traffic, the dark and be there in time because it was an early start Thursday. I hooked up with Jeroen de Wijs who was prepping the collodion demo during that symposium and together with Michel Vaerewijck, another collodion-freak, we enjoyed a great dinner at the Fiskebar. I will shortly layout the events, lectures etc. planned on those two days and who presented them. In short: they were a FANTASTIC two days!
Thursday 28 Nov
- Registration and coffee
- The history of glass production, making and composition of glass – Lecture by Olivier Schalm – Chemist
- History of glass in photography – Lecture by Katherine Whitman
- Photographic techniques on glass incl. retouching and coatings – Lecture by Herman Maes
- Albumin negatives by Vai van den Heiligenberg
- Wet / Dry Collodion glass negatives by Jeroen de Wijs
- Digitising glass plate negatives: standards, guidelines and targets – Lecture by Hans Meesters
- Handling and packing of photography on glass – Presentation by Andy Smith
- “Red een portret” project of archiving glass negatives from Studio Merkelbach Amsterdam – by Ellen Fleurbaay
By the end of the day our heads were full of interesting information and our poor bellies were empty. Fortunately for us Antwerp is situated in Belgium and they sure now how to properly deal with food (in Maastricht “Burgundian” is merely a marketing strategy whereas in Belgium it is true culture). On recommendation by a colleague I reserved a table at “Gigi Il Bullo”, a pretty loved Italian restaurant; it was a wonderful evening!
Friday 29 Nov
- Registration and coffee
- Case study restoration internegative on glass from Abraham Lincoln in 26 pieces – Lecture by Katherine Whitman
- Instable emulsions, conservation, damages on glass plate negatives – Lecture by Clara von Waldthausen
- Research on silvering and damaging on glass plate negatives – Lecture by Eva Grieten
- Case study transportation photographic materials on glass – Lecture by Conrad Willems
- Reeves Photo Studio, Lewes (UK) – Lecture by Brigitte Lardinois
- Digitising photographic collections on glass – Lecture by Henk Vanstappen
- Daguerreotype cover glass reconstruction – Lecture by Matthias Kuhlenkotter & Martin Jurgens
- Glass negative project with volunteers at the Felix Archive in Antwerp – Lecture by Werner Pottier
- Sisters Vlaanderen at thé Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar – Lecture by Thunnis van Oort
They were a fully packed two days with a lot of interesting information. I hope FoMu will continue to organise such wonderfully hosted events with such a broad content. Kudos to all of you!
P.s. it’s too bad I don’t have more impression photos of these two days but I recently sold my last digital camera (yeayyy!) and the iPhone does a rather poor job 🙂
I ran into this film online where photographer and Platinum Palladium printer, Manuel Gomes Teixeira, was invited by the Portuguese distributor of Leica to test the Leica M Monochrom. He made several images, converted one file into a digital negative and printing that. I just love watching this process, especially captured in a really nice way, made with the new Leica M.
Enjoy the video, believe in analogue and have a great weekend! -❤-
As copied from their website:
“Revela-T is a photographic festival that aims to be a meeting point for lovers of photography, especially those who are passionate about analog, chemical, silver based photography.
The number of practicing amateurs and professionals grows daily. We think it is necessary to spend a few days to meet and share experiences, knowledge, meeting other people, organizations and companies working in the same direction. We want to encourage amateurs, especially those who see in these techniques an opportunity to explore a new field, without having to be limited to a single system.
We want to avoid those aspects that are more typical of electronics and computer science fields than photography, which is a trap inherent to digital system.
We will see, experience, discuss about photography but mainly live and feel it. We will roll out an extensive program of exhibitions, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, workshops, and stands. We will count with people with national and international relevancy… And many other surprises!
We want to promote awareness and interest in these other photographic processes in a time dominated by digital technology; a glimpse into the future for those who believe there are other ways of making photography that deserve to be known and supported.
Revela-T wants to gather together the dreamers, the nonconformists, the tireless, those not afraid of trying and exploring different paths from those that follow the majority.
The festival will take place at various locations in Vilassar de Dalt, a village near Barcelona. The Can Rafart Park will be the main location for the activities. It is a fantastic place, big enough to receive many friends.
If you already practice analogue photography or you are interested in photographic techniques alternative to digital, you have an appointment on 24th, 25th and 26th May, 2013.
See you there!”
Not sure if I’m going myself, depends on my working schedule etc. but it sounds like fun. Barcelona on its own is fun anyway! Anyone planning to go? Would be even more interesting if some of us could meet up? Let me know!
Yesterday I’ve decided to start a group on Facebook about Lith Printing as it wasn’t around yet. Seeing that you’re mostly depending on commercial papers and developers I thought it would be interesting to have a platform where people can share information on what they’re using, (re)sources etc. There are lots of foreign papers out there that I don’t have a clue about but would be interested in seeing more about them. I hope there are others out there who kind of feel the same way 😉
Here’s the link to the group. Feel free to join! Don’t take your knowledge to the grave!
Film Photography Project contacted me to because they were interested in sharing the project Disposable Crisis on their website. They also talk about a second awesome photography project which I thought would be cool sharing here as well.
“Enter the Photo Palace Bus!
Anton Orlov and Ryan Kalem, both graduates from San Jose State University B.F.A. in Photography would like to spread the love of silver based photography by organizing workshops and exhibitions across the US as well as to document America and Americans using film.
What is remarkable is that they plan to tour via a converted vintage school bus. Upon completion the converted bus will hold a darkroom, a small exhibit area, a lounge and a foldable northern light portrait studio.
Conversion has already begun but in order to complete it, additional funds are required. Their goal is to raise $16,000 by the end of January 2012.
If you would like to see film based photography to kick up some dust in a town near you, assuming you are a continental US citizen, during the summer of 2012 then help them out. Spread the word. Blog about it. Or preferably, donate.”
I made a slideshow a while back of my collodion plates and thought it would be cool to post it here as well since I don’t have my entire portfolio on here. I hope you enjoy it. Listen to the music too (not sure if I’m allowed to use it) but it’s music from Max Richter which is a fascinating artist and I would love to photograph him on collodion. The song is called “Arboretum” and is from the album “The Blue Notebooks“.
We didn’t celebrate Carnaval this year. Didn’t feel like standing between drunk people, listening to crappy music and drinking lame beer. Instead we took each other out for a walk. The weather was beautiful and when I saw a color 120 film laying in my fridge I decided to play funky. I think my Hasselblad saw his first color film. Unfortunately I forgot I loaned my light meter to my dad so the Canon S95 had to do the job. It worked.
One photo of the roll of film stood out and found it handsome enough to post it here. The film was a Kodak 160VC. I still have to develop the black-and-whites.
And now off to my basement…have to make some varnish (yummy yummy) and see if my 18x24cm plates fit my freshly made inlay as one didn’t last time..and I need them tomorrow…
Have a great night!
Yesterday I had someone coming over for a wet plate collodion demo and that forced me to test my two batches of Collodion, old and new, with the lighting setup from FalconEyes I bought not too long ago. With my old collodion (approx. 1 year old) I couldn’t get an image to form on the plate with 1 minute of exposure. I bought the lights to shorten my exposure time. With the new batch I had an image within 30 seconds. Still have to try it with human skin to see if it’s even shorter (I used a glass head this time) but didn’t have the time yesterday.
The girl came over and I used her for some plates which I made outside because the weather was terrific. With the new batch I had a lot of stripes and stains. When trying the old batch the stains were gone but had trouble pinpointing the exposure as it’s a lot less light sensitive than the new one. The stripes could be caused because the batch came fresh out of the fridge and hadn’t had much time to reach room temperature. I’ll have to look into that because I will need it to work soon (demo SASK St. Niklaas). You can see the stripes in the 4×10″ plate but I like it anyway. Since it’s my first 4×10″ I’m going to keep it!
I look forward to the series I’ll start making of Maastricht soon on this size. It’s a fun size to work with and to look at. These series will moreover be awesome in 10 to 20 years from now as Maastricht is changing so rapidly.
Have a great day y’all!
P.s. my “new” camera works like a charm 🙂