Wet Plate Collodion Tintypes

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

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  Here is a large format plate of our group by Craig

collodiongathering2013And a video of the exposed plate being fixed after development

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 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.


Holla From Melbourne

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.




The Magic of Pinholes

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?


Todays Alternative

Today I really hoped do be able to show you a finished skateboard deck with a powerful image of Mr Steedman, although due to an unfortunate “electric sander accident” this is not exactly possible.
So for some alternative enjoyment I am providing you with a recently shot self portrait.

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I know I look fairly serious, but this is due to skate related issues. Honest.

Stay watching this space for some more darkroom work and musicians very soon.


New Names Large Frames Exhibition

Excerpt from newnameslargeframes.com (with images added)

“We enjoyed great success on the opening night with both sides of THE MUSE fully packed,Drinks were enjoyed and the calibre of work was absolutely breathtaking, Combine this with the great food & atmosphere (not to mention the grand piano) and one would easily come to the conclusion that the night was a smashing success.

After 4 long years (give or take a few depending on each students background) of study everyone came together and produced something amazing.

After so much hard time and preperation the final year students a few days earlier had their portfolios evaluated by some of the industries best and brightest, including: Moshe Rosenzveig, Penelope Beveridge & Robert  Cameriere

From their evaluations combined with those of the great photographers who taught us,  they came up with results that would not only determine an academic outcome but also effectivly judge who would win a number of prizes for their achievments on the evening


Those prizes were awarded for:

Best portfolio Stephanie Georgia Jury

With prizes supplied courtesy of Adobe, Sun Studios & Canon Australia




Runner up best portfolio of the year Neck Ro

With prizes supplied courtesy of Adobe & Yaffa Publishing



Best Image Mariam Adra

With prizes supplied courtesy of AIPP




And a surprise consolation prize was issued by Peter Gillies who loved Melinda Cartmer’s body of work, awarding her with some free use of freedom studios


We as a group would love to thank everyone who showed up and all those who supported us, Including friends, teachers, families & sponsers alike.”

Here is a gallery of the evening



Photos courtesy of Benny Suyoto