Great news for fans of rock and stereo photography: Brian May has just announced that he will soon be releasing a collection of classic live Queen stereo cards. They will be available through his stereo web site www.londonstereo.com. Details can presently be found at www.brianmay.com.
May’s zeal for imaging stretches back to the time he spent in his father’s darkroom.
‘I was lucky enough to have a dad who spent hours and hours with me in the darkroom, developing our own pictures and printing them.
‘I have a great love for photography, mostly the processes that were around when I was a kid, the films, the gaslight paper and the bromide paper and all that stuff, the smell of the chemicals… it will always be with me.’
He clearly still has a hankering for the darkroom and relishes the challenge of exploring processes from a bygone era - his personal ‘voyage of discovery’.
To that end he recently commandeered ‘the best wet plate practitioners of the present day’ in a bid to re-create the conditions under which Victorian photographer TR Williams would have worked.
May's latest mission involved the wet-plate collodion process and similarly antiquated darkroom techniques that brought him into contact with ‘all sorts of horrible chemicals’.
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
From brianmay.com "These are the first two series of 12, plus two bonus cards for each set. It's very satisfying to see these 'wet proofs' - here laid out on a rug - after all this time ... the result of many updates and re-edits. It's Queen in the Freddie days, at various times … converted from 35mm film stereos - mainly using a Stereo Realist camera."