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06-25-2012, 10:09 PM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5159/7442612944_3a9f18d022_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7442612944/)

Two rolls developed, one scanned. A handful more to process.

06-25-2012, 10:22 PM
Thanks Bill, presenters and all attendees for creating such a great time!

06-25-2012, 10:51 PM
What an amazing time! Thank you very much Bill and thank you to all of the presenters! Burned a bunch of film, met many wonderful photographers, caught up with old friends, saw some truly incredible work, and had a butt ton of fun. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!

06-25-2012, 11:28 PM
I was a first timer and had a blast. Meet a lot of great people. Hope to go again. Thank You Bill for the great job.

Jeff Bannow
06-26-2012, 01:57 PM
6. The behavior of a certain young woman who shall remain nameless following excessive consumption of red wine.

I wonder who that could be ..... ;)

Jeff Bannow
06-26-2012, 01:59 PM
Awesome event as usual - I came home inspired and ready for more photography.

Too bad we have to wait a whole year to get together again!

Dan Henderson
06-26-2012, 04:23 PM
I wonder who that could be ..... ;)

Likely the same person who had a good hangover working on Sunday???

By the way, my friend Holly DeGarmo who came up Thursday night/Friday morning made an interesting blog posting that expresses her first-timer experience:


06-26-2012, 04:37 PM
I posted elsewhere that "this year we reached that critical mass of Energy, Experience, Enthusiasm... and obEron. There was definitely a spark that really pushed this year's event over the top in terms of most modest expectations." The energy of Photostock seems to be continuing well past the drive home and the inevitable laundry that follows.

I learned so much in the presentations and discussions. I also learned (the hard way, of course) why IR photography does not favour featureless skies.:whistling:


Stoo Batchelor
06-26-2012, 05:32 PM
Hi All

I wanted to write a few lines to thank each and every one of you for making my first visit to Photostock (and the U.S) one of the most memorable experiences ever. As you can imagine, I was a little nervous about the trip, but these nerves were soon left behind the moment I landed at Pellston (what a great airport), where I was met by Bill, who went out of his way to make me feel at home, and wouldn't leave the Birchwood until he knew I was settled and in good company.

The whole Photostock circus is just such a magical occasion, and unlike anything happening here in the U.K. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations, hearing Bill talk about his journey from his early days, right up until the Polymer Photogravures that he is working on today. The beautiful photography of Suzanne, both black and white, and the wonderful colour(I have spelt that right:)) Holga work. Mark's beautiful Lith work, The fantastic photography of Andrew Moore, and the very interesting un-missable discussion that followed, and of course, not forgetting James's presentation on working with, and lighting models. Great, great stuff indeed.

Of course it can not go unsaid that the portfolio's shared over the weekend were absolutely of the highest standard, and all so, so different. Such wonderful work, and it was a privilege to sit shoulder to shoulder with such fine photographers, seeing and learning so much from you all. I am so, so glad that I finally pushed myself to visit you all at Photostock, and I will look forward to catching up with you all in future gatherings, and reuniting with friends.

Oh, and last but not least, thank you to both Mark (Markos) and Andrew (Moxham) for looking after me and making sure I was fed, watered, and full of Oberon :munch: :)

Thank you all again, and I look forward to seeing you soon.


06-26-2012, 09:15 PM
I posted elsewhere that "this year we reached that critical mass of Energy, Experience, Enthusiasm... and obEron. There was definitely a spark that really pushed this year's event over the top in terms of most modest expectations." The energy of Photostock seems to be continuing well past the drive home and the inevitable laundry that follows.

Exactly! I'm reliving Photostock as I pull the rolls out of the tank after developing. It may be the chemicals but I'm getting addicted to this b/w development process :D I got my Tunnel of Trees shots processed tonight.

06-26-2012, 11:17 PM
I just wanted to post a big Thank You here.

Being a guy that shoots very little but has a love of photography I was overwhelmed by the acceptance and encouragement I received from all the people there this week-end. Being I'm sure the least experienced photographer there, it didn't matter whether I was talking with professional, fine art or experienced amateur I felt comfortable and not out of place; all gave freely of themselves and I am grateful.

Where else could a rank amateur as myself get to have quality conversations with and view the work of people that, do photography for a living, make books, publish books, that make photographs and awe inspiring portfolios for no other reason than to express the art within them and not be made to feel inferior.

To see the work of all that attended was very inspiring. One of the things I came specifically to see the wet plate photography and have to thank Bill, Andrew and Greg for sharing freely and showing me a sampling of the process. If it wasn't for that damn Oberon I would have been able to observe more. lol

I can't thank Bill enough for the tradition and hard work of putting this wonderful get-together on and encouraging me to attend.

I feel I have made many new friends and very much look forward to 2013

Dennis L. Wood

bill schwab
06-27-2012, 07:52 PM
I'm finally coming up for air and almost recovered from this year's Photostock. Each year it seems to take a little longer, but that is only because I seem to have a better time at each one! This was certainly no exception. From the time I picked up Stoo at the airport on Wednesday night and returned to the hotel to find John Powers, Andrew Moxom and Mark Severson already into the precious Oberon, I knew it was going to be a great time. From that point on through dropping Suzanne off at the airport on Sunday afternoon, it was a complete blur.

I have to send out a huge thank you to everyone who came, both veterans and new recruits. I've heard a lot of reports from new people on how veterans were extremely helpful in guiding them to good spots, etc. And to those whose first time it was, I thank you for getting into the spirit of the event so quickly. It was definitely a year to remember. The caliber of people that come to this thing is what makes it special and everyone plays a very important role. The fact that everyone is made to feel so relaxed and comfortable is a credit to you all. You were all there... you know what I'm talking about.

And before I go, a double huge thank you to those that gave presentations and demos. Mark Fisher, Andrew Moore, James Mullineaux and Suzanne Revy all did fantastic, professional presentations that in my opinion put this event on a par with some of the best out there. World class.

I've already set the dates for next year and I'm already getting reports that rooms are being booked. Figure it will be June 20 - 23, 2013 for the main event with at least one workshop running the several days prior. I've been promised by non other than Clay Harmon that he will be on hand for a polymer gravure workshop and I am already at work on a couple other surprises. And, as always, the invitation is open to anyone wishing a more formal presentation. It's a great way to practice and get used to putting your work out there in front of people while knowing you are safe among friends. Just say the word.

Thanks again!


Mark Fisher
06-28-2012, 12:07 AM
I had a request to post my lith presentation and I put it on my web site here (http://www.markjamesfisher.com/traditional-film-photography-thoughts.html). Most of the talk was spent explaining the images and how they were made/toned/blah/blah/blah so looking at the PDF will only tell you so much. Hopefully, I'll get around to putting together something more detailed.

06-29-2012, 12:39 PM
Mark, don't be so modest—your presentation was terrific. I'm pretty sure you got a lot of people excited about trying lith who maybe hadn't before. I really enjoyed meeting you and getting a chance to talk to you and see your work. And drink Oberon while doing so. ;)

Doug Lynch

07-03-2012, 10:59 AM
Got some more rolls developed, scanned and posted.

From the M-119 between Cross Village and Good Hart
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7251/7487505266_9f7eec4398_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7487505266/)

Fort Michilimackinac
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7270/7464113796_74a414ced0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7464113796/)

07-05-2012, 10:03 PM
As a newb I found everyone extremely helpful and friendly. Could not have asked for a better time or group of people. The depth of knowledge was very impressive as was the willingness of everyone to share.

07-13-2012, 10:57 AM
Back from Boston and started with scanning in some more! Some people shots.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8428/7562119034_f7a64d55cc_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7562119034/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7562120898_8a9d9956f4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7562120898/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/7562122494_b35eabf0c5_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7562122494/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7562131436_b7742275f0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7562131436/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8151/7562133898_7cf9b11e68_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/7562133898/)

Tri-X and HC-110 (Dil. B)

07-13-2012, 11:45 AM
Thank you,

John Powers

07-13-2012, 04:35 PM
Very nice, Alex!

Doug Lynch

Dan Henderson
07-14-2012, 11:20 AM
I like the dramatic lighting on Jim Russell. Makes him look positively Hemingway-esqe.

I wondered who that old hippie was playing the banjitar....then realized who it was!