This morning the postman dropped of a package. It turned out to be Christopher James book in the new second edition. I imidiatly started reading this book. This is a very inspiring book, and I am going to explore it much more in the near future. It is a book that is hard to put down again. It is so inspiring and easy to read. Only problem is finding the time to test all the things mentioned in the book. I have been flipping back and forth in the book and reading whatever seemed interesting.
Gosh, I think the biggest hurdle to starting in to wet plate is all the different places you need to order the stuff from in order to start shooting. I'll try to run down the list -
www.artcraftchemicals.com (silver nitrate, cadmium bromide, ferrous sulfate, ammonium iodide, Gum Sandarac)
www.chemsavers.com (ethyl ether and glacial acetic acid)
Our local photo club is now offically homeless - it was no longer a good idea to rent a permanent place since none of the facilities (studio, darkroom) were used a lot by the members. We auctioned off all the gear that was saleable and junked the rest.
In a sense it is a relief. Too much energy has - in my mind - been spent fighting a battle we simply could not win.
From now on we will focus on more important activities like: Showing and critiquing pictures, excursions,
I have around 8 rolls to develop. Trying to do 2 per day! My darkroom is occupied by the fridge right now, as we are renovating the kitchen.
Well, I'm starting down the rabbit hole of wet-plate collodion. The first step was to take a course from Kerik Kouklis at his place outside Sacramento. That was a terrific experience- in the space of eight hours, I went from zero experience to having successfully made thirteen plates on black aluminum, clear glass, and black glass in both 5x7 and 8x10 plate sizes.
I came out of the class with a tremendous respect for the process and its practitioners both modern and historic, and