I got my start into alt process stuff as a result of the "film (and paper) are dying!" scare. I decided I wanted to be able to keep working with film, and large format cameras, as long as possible. At the time, the biggest scare was when Kodak shut down their paper line, so I decided I needed to know how to make my own paper. Platinum/Palladium seemed the natural logical choice, so I started there. At the time, I only had a 4x5 camera. Thus began the snowball of format acquisitions. Although the "film is going away" scare passed, after doing a lot of platinum/palladium printing, I decided I would buy myself some extra insurance and learn wet-plate so that if film did actually die, I could still keep shooting my big cameras, which I had fallen in love with. I've got both those bases (platinum & wet-plate) covered now, so I can plug away no matter what.
I should add that I love the aesthetics of platinum/palladium, now much more so than silver. I also appreciate the aesthetics of wet plate, and I'm still learning how to take advantage of what it has to offer.
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