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31/52 One step removed

By sherlob    
31/52 One step removed: ok, so strictly speaking this is last weeks image posted late. The photograph is a self portrait taken using the alternative (and very old) process of wet plate collodion. The image itself is a glass plate that I prepared, exposed and developed during a wet plate 1:1 workshop facilitated by the most excellent John Brewer - if you are into photography give this a go - youÂ’ll love it!

This was day 2 of the workshop and John was pushing me to work independently to get a perfect plate. Whilst this isnÂ’t perfect, for me it was the shot of the day. As soon as I saw this image I felt a strong emotional connection to it. It captures perfectly the absurd disconnection I felt when recovering from a near death experience some years ago; life continued as normal and I was part of it, but one step removed like a spectator in another room watching through a doorway. This wasn’t the intention here, but there you go!

The exposure was 17sec and that allowed me time to quickly remove and replace the lens cap without the movement being recorded. To digitise the image IÂ’ve photographed the plate using my iphone and a piece of black card (to kill reflection). Whilst itÂ’s a reasonable rendition, it misses some of the aesthetic of the actual plate. Ok, sorry to ramble on...

Tags: Self portrait Black and white Portraits and people Alternative process wet plate 1 of 52 project 1 of 52 John Brewer Collodion Wetplate collodion Traditional process

Voters: bobpaige1, mrswoolybill, mike9005 and 36 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2262 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2020 1:13PM
This is fabulous, it has the mixture of careful planning and improvisation. I love the hat stand; and the imperfections; and the thought that if I look hard enough I might see your ghost moving towards the lens cap...
And I am deeply envious of the experience.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.2k 30 England
9 Aug 2020 1:26PM
How interesting. I like the way you're sitting, more like slumping, with the cares of the world etched on your face. Perfectly rendered and very emotive.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2020 1:47PM
Excellent image
Isabel GrinGrin
Minty805 Plus
4 33 6 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2020 3:03PM
I'm very impressed by this. It has a feeling of place and time but, above all, a dynamism, a strong sense of something happening, or about to. Beautifully crafted. The caption is absorbing, too.
chase Plus
15 1.8k 435 England
9 Aug 2020 3:05PM
Excellent Adam, stunning work, so worth all the effort.
9 Aug 2020 3:52PM
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1692 England
9 Aug 2020 4:30PM
Olde worlde: the limitations of a long exposure are telling!
clicknimagine Plus
10 688 101 India
10 Aug 2020 12:49PM
Great shot...

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