Gallery

Today, I make my photographs exactly as the Victorians used to between the 1850s and 1880s using a process known as Wet Plate Collodion — view a potted history here.

The photographs are made directly onto glass or metal. The whole procedure — from sensitising the plate through to developing and fixing it — is carried out using a portable darkbox or, more recently, in Neena (my decommissioned NHS ambulance).

Unlike many contemporary photographic processes, each plate is unique, unreproducible and irreplaceable.

If you’d like me to make a photograph like this for you, I’d love to hear about it. Use my Contact Me page to get in touch — I’m always happy to discuss making beautiful new plates!

On this very special journey, here are some favourites so far…

Danny and Ben Hughes for Grandad

Danny and Ben Hughes, 12×10 inch Ambrotype

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe

The Lifeboat Station Project: Old Man of the Sea, 12×10 inch Ambrotype

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe

The Lifeboat Station Project: Wells Silhouette, 12×10 inch Ambrotype

wet plate collodion process, tintype, large format

Jude, Glencoe, Scotland, 12×10 inch Tintype

wet plate collodion process, ambrotype, large format

Glencoe, Scotland, 12×10 inch Ambrotype

wet plate collodion process, tintype, large format

Glen Etive, Scotland, 12×10 inch Tintype

wet plate collodion, Half Plate Ambrotype by Jack Lowe

The Cloisters, Lacock Abbey (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion, Half Plate Ambrotype by Jack Lowe

Master Collodionist, Tony Richards (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion, Half Plate Ambrotype by Jack Lowe

Bernhard (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion, Half Plate Tintype by Jack Lowe

The Courtyard, Lacock Abbey (Half Plate Tintype)

Half Plate Tintype by Jack Lowe, wet plate collodion

View from Craster Lifeboat Station (Half Plate Tintype)

Half Plate Ambrotype by Jack Lowe, wet plate collodion

The view from Amble Lifeboat Station (Half Plate Ambrotype)

Half Plate Ambrotype by Jack Lowe, wet plate collodion

Craster Harbour looking towards Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland (Half Plate Ambrotype)

Half Plate Tintype by Jack Lowe, wet plate collodion

Tintype Selfie, lens cap opened for five elephants by assistant Robert (Half Plate Tintype)

Half Plate Tintype by Jack Lowe, wet plate collodion

Robert (Half Plate Tintype)

Half Plate Tintype by Jack Lowe, wet plate collodion

Rusty bucket at Paul Kenny’s house, Lowick (Half Plate Tintype)

Cowgate Roundabout, Newcastle upon Tyne, shortly before its demolition.

Cowgate Roundabout (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion process, half plate, ambrotype, large format

Julian Calverley working at Elgol, Isle of Skye (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion process, half plate, ambrotype, large format

Paul, the man who sold me my 1905 half plate camera (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion process, half plate, ambrotype, large format

A Corner of Our Yard (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion process, half plate, ambrotype, large format

Kath by the Front Door (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion process, half plate, ambrotype, large format

Kath in the Garden (Half Plate Ambrotype)

wet plate collodion process, half plate, ambrotype, large format

Foot of the Castle Keep, Newcastle upon Tyne (Half Plate Ambrotype)

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