Posts tagged “wet plates

Presentation of the Collodion Plates: Part 4

So, today I picked up the framed plate from the frame maker…wow…it is really beautiful!!! I’m not going to say much about it, just post some photos where I hope you can see what happened and how marvelous it looks! Forgive me, again I was too lazy to use a pola-filter..

Front View

Front View

Here you can hopefully see the layeredness in the presentation

Here you can hopefully see the layeredness in the presentation

The layerdness as well

The layerdness as well

And the last detailed shot

And the last detailed shot

Let me know what you think of it but I hope you’ll like it!

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully finish the Barth-presentation and will post that as well. Looking forward to see the two presentations next to each other but this one rocks already for sure!

-Indra

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Presentation of the Collodion Plates: Part 2

So, considering recent events I decided to put money where my mouth is and went to a professional frame maker. What I had in mind was the following: The glass plate mounted with double-adhesive tape unto a backing board which is of the same material and color as the mat used on top. The mat used will be 1 centimeter bigger on all sides along the plate and the color is antique white or off-white. The outer size of the frame will be 40×50 cm. The frame I’d like to have in black and made of wood. On top of that I would like the plate to be deeper than the glass plate covering the image to create a sort of depth.

The person at the framing shop came up with a different idea namely: also a deeper frame so that you create a distance between the image and the glass plate protecting the work but working with a black mat. He felt the white mat would draw the attention away from the photo. He could be right about that. I decided it to be best if he chose the matching frame and mats for my photo as he has a better and different view on it than I have. It should be ready by the end of the week and I’m looking forward!!

Secondly I bought a wooden 40×50 frame from Barth and have  off-white mats being made by the frame shop so I can make what I had in mind when I started this journey a couple of days ago. The possibilities are endless and this way I get to see 2 options which might help me further.

Wooden Frame Profile Barth No. 820

Wooden Frame Profile Barth No. 820

For the presentation of my exhibition with Vleugels & Teugels opening this Friday I created a different presentation as I was seriously lacking time. It looks good though and if I get the chance I’ll post some photos tomorrow….Bièvres is getting closer, also Friday, and I’m running out of time 😉

-Indra


Presentation of the Collodion Plates: Part 1

Having reached the first exhibition with my wet plate work finding a proper way of presenting them was the next logical step. A few things crossed my mind. One idea stood out and I bought all the necessary materials. The plan was to make a wooden frame of 24×30 with a wooden back. On that back I’d make 4 pillars on which the photo was put so it was somewhat floating in the middle of the frame (baklijst in Dutch). I would spray the frame in black. Bart (because he’s much more handy than I am ;-)) made a “prototype” which I unfortunately did not like at all. It looked a tad too simple and too home-made so the idea went in the trash.

Then we went to Paris and saw the presentation of Quinn which I immediately loved. I hate to copycat but what’s original about framing anyway… at least, when you want the photo to get all the attention instead of the framing itself. So I bought 40 frames of 30×40, 40 passe-partouts  and some black velvet to put behind the plate to “fill” the gap between the plate and its passe-partout. It’s the most richest black I could think of and thought it to match very well, also giving a bit of an authentic look (old-fashioned is meant by that ;-)) I made an example and knew that was the way we we’re gonna do it.

Holes were drilled in the back of the frame through which the wires went to hold the plate (see photo in a bit). Quite a shitty job as the wire was too sturdy really to get it done without killing your hands but…they’re all done now! I just have to put some nice paper over the back to make it look nicer and stop you from ripping open your hands when accidentally wiping the back. Anyway, here’s what it looks like and I’m quite proud of it though next time I’d loose the velvety stuff and put a white paper behind it in the same color and structure of the passe-partouts and leaving the same amount of space  between the plate and the passe-partout on the left /right as on the bottom and upper side.

Oh, extra detail; there’s no glass in front of the plate.