It’s been over three months since I last posted here. Things have changed again quite dramatically. It’s still a bit messy and rollercoaster-like but good things are happening.
So here we are, three months down the road. I still don’t have a working space; I realised my rent for housing right now is too high to be able to rent another space for working so I’m looking for a different solution (on paper calculations always seem so pretty and viable 🙂 ).
I met someone new, also looking for a place to stay, so we might be doing that together. Fast you say? Yes. If it doesn’t work out it’s best to know sooner than later. And what certainty do you ever really have?
My personal photography I have kept to a bare minimum. The thought of not being able to work in my darkroom frustrates me in a way that I do not want to think about my work right now. I have shot a couple of rolls of film that still need development (don’t need a darkroom for that but have to pick up stuff to do it).
I did visit FoMu in Antwerp and Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi (—> wowwww) during my holidays past month. We also visited the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht which I had postponed until then. We have been on a photographic journey to Cockerill-Sambre in Belgium, Liege area, together with my dad and brother. We’ll be going back there for a more extensive visit, hopefully somewhere soon. Past weekend we visited Ghent to see the exhibition ‘Fotografie Herontdekt’ at Zebrastraat which had work of Jeroen de Wijs, Marinus Ortelee & Charlotte Edam, Roger Kockaerts and a couple of more to me unfamiliar people. Worth a visit. If you want to stay over look at this great Apartment Sleepstreet which we greatly enjoyed during our stay 🙂
So, not doing nothing but merely focusing on different things, which is a healthy thing to be doing from time to time anyway. Trying to find back myself and my photography, but also looking at mistakes made and figuring out what’s really important and go from there. Things can only grow stronger after this. My spirits are high. I do miss you however, and my collodion chemistry so hope to get things back together soon 🙂
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 🙂