Chapter Two: New Beginnings
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that this video clip had a new relevance for me.
I’ve been asking myself some pretty straight questions recently. As a result, my eyes and mind have been opened up to a photographic sub-culture that I always knew existed but only ever dreamed about — until now…
On Thursday, this culminated in making my first ever glass Wet Plate.
And here it is:
It’s a portrait of the team who rallied round to share their wisdom with me — new folks in my life to whom I’m extremely appreciative.
You’ll see the plate’s a bit of a mess due to my novice-like pouring technique but it still has a certain something, don’t you think?
Actually, I’m in there too. During the five minute exposure (it was pretty dark), I strolled slowly in front of the lens to make sure I wasn’t left out.
The plate also now features in Bastards’ First Plate Gallery at Collodion Bastards (Wet Plate Work of Questionable Parentage).
My sincere thanks to Alastair Cook, Jonathan Keys and Paul Cordes for their help, great company and for rounding off the year perfectly.
Afterwards, we decamped for cake and coffee at Heaton Perk to take away the taste of collodion in the back of our throats.
With best wishes to everyone for 2014, when there’ll be more to report on these new beginnings…
Hello Jack, many thanks for your comments.
It was a pleasure to share your company and look forward to more wet plate days to follow.
The first plate is always special.