(Sorry, Dutch text today)
11:30 uur Ontvangst van de gasten
12:00 uur Presentatie ‘Maastrichtse Drukkers’
Yesterday was the day I was preparing for earlier; the wet plate collodion demo @ Art.Room which is currently showing my work. Show runs until the 2nd of October in case you want to give it a look 🙂 It was a great day, met some new people and some of my loved friends. My first ‘model’ of the day was Dr. Christoph Wahl, who not only looks great on collodion, but was also so nice to share some of the images he made that day of the demo and even scanned the wet plate I made of him so all the courtesy goes towards him!
And last but not least…Mr. Wahl himself:
Something funky did happen with the varnish however, seeing that where I poured it first it forms a darker image that towards the outer edges. Not sure where that comes from. Perhaps some alcohol evaporated from the varnish and I should add a little to it…Next time!
Exactly one week ago I we had the opening at Galerie Weert. It was really fun, lots of people (I didn’t know) and interest. Bart made a couple of photos to give you a small impression. It was also great to meet the other artist, Helma Veugen!
Special thanks to Ankie Vanderfeesten to make this into a wonderful day and Geert-Jan Heyda and Paula for coming, as it’s been awhile since we’ve last seen each other. It was great to meet again!
We had a wonderful day!
In case you’re interested in going the exhibition will be visitable until the 25th of November 2012. There will be two special events on the following Sundays:
11th of November 13hr-17hr:
Helma Veugen will tell a bit more about her work and way of working. You will also be able to ask questions.
18th of November 14hr-17hr:
I will give a demonstration of the wet plate collodion process and tell something about the history of photography to place this particular process in a context. You will also be able to ask questions and the like.
Entry is free.
6001 AS Weert
Saturday: 10 hr – 17 hr
Sunday: 13 hr– 17 hr
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.
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.
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!