Just under 2 weeks ago I attended Australia’s first Wet Plate Collodion Gathering at Goldstreet Studios in Victoria, Facilitated by the masterful Craig Tuffin. It was great to get back into some large format shooting.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite Tintypes from the day
Here is a large format plate of our group by Craig
And a video of the exposed plate being fixed after development
Special shoutouts go to:
- Ellie Young for a lend of a camera
- Craig Tuffin for being a great instructor & facilitator
- Astrid Piepschyk for her masterful tips and providing me with a crash course demo
- Melissa Anderson for the fun times and tips for my flash burned eyes.
All in all fun times were had, Keep watching this space in comming weeks for some of my work from the streets Melbourne after the gathering.
It’s been a little while since I’ve communicated with many of you out there, I’ve been on a temporary hiatus due to varied living situations.
I’ve had a break from my break to jet down to Melbourne to the wonderful little town of East Trentham visiting Goldstreet Studios to attend Australia’s first ever Wet Plate Collodion Gathering, which was facilitated by the amazing Craig Tuffin.
All in all I’ve had a great experience so far making Tin Types and wondering the streets of Melbourne (just walking in any direction that takes my fancy) I’ve met a couple dozen new friends, many of them amazing photographers both at Goldstreet and on the Streets. I would like to say you’ve all been amazing and I’ve enjoyed trading tips, tricks and ideas, (and among other things learning first hand about the effects of flash burn on one’s eyes) It’s been great and I’d more than happy to maintain contact with any of you.
Anyhow time is short and shots are yet to be developed and uploaded so stay tuned for the recap and images within the next week or so.
Every now and then I drag out a camera made from a coke can, magnet and waffer tin to try and capture something interesting.
There is no shutter, no glass and a very tiny fixed aperture making for freedom to do things a little intuitively rather than working with bulky studio equipment.
I can do single or multiple exposures, refit and re adjust paper between exposures to creative various effects, these images then are captured on 5″x7″ black & white photographic paper and hand developed in small trays of chemicals.
Not bad for a waffer tin wouldn’t you say?
If we look back to when I was printing Mr Steedman onto a board you may remember that I met with a sanding mishap in the final stages of finishing (This is why powertools can never fully replace good old hand craftmanship) anyhow, I thought on a solution for a few months and rather than start again re-styled the whole board.I think the new rough worn “vintaged” look works, So well infact that It has already changed hands and will not likely see exhibition.
Some boredom this afternoon prompted me to make a cup of tea and dip some paper into it, with a few test prints kicking about that I no longer had any use for I decided to try “tea toning” some Cyanotypes.
This is a Blue Sunprint premade cyanotype paper I experimented with a while back, this is the same contact print from a 5×4 negative developed in PMK pyro, Note that although the after image is softer a small amount of the highlight detail has been “developed” back in by the tea.
I found the best results from images with fuller a tonal range, Cyanotypes of my favorite woodcuts did not tone too well compared to these, I shall endeavor to make more tests with some nicer prints soon.
Last week Yvette Worsboys asked me if I’d like to come along and have a talk to her 1st year photoimaging class over at TAFE Sydney Institue of Photography.
I pretty much talked through my materials from the last exhibition, Getting some reallygreat questions and feedback.
Afterwards I preped a little demo of my Cyanotype process and made a litte workshop of it.
It was great to see such enthusiasm among the students we ended up with a lovely photogram to show for it.
Photos courtesy of Yvette Worboys
I never imagined all those years ago when I first picked up a camera I’d be giving advice to those following in my steps.