wet plate photography

so what is a wet plate ?

invented by Frederick Scott Archer back in the 1850’s this was the first true clear photographic negative process that involves coating a glass or aluminium plate with various chemicals which is then exposed in the camera and developed whilst still wet hence the name ‘Wet Plate’.

this process can produce images with incredible detail with its characteristic tone, results are dependant on many factors and therefor no two plates are ever the same.

my glass negative plates may be used to produce alternative contact prints using salt/albumen, van dyke brown, cyanotype and in the future platinum/palladium methods. some are however blackened to produce a glass plate ambrotype.

some of the works shown are tintypes which is basically blackened aluminium plates which give an incredible depth and clarity to an image. both mediums have their benefits and drawbacks so will be chosen for specific needs.

the wet plate portrait project ?

a wet plate portrait has a habit of creating an honest impression of its subject, they may not be as flattering as modern photography and there is no re touching so you get what you get.

i am inviting folk that are interested in sharing the experience of having their portrait created in a style of the earliest days of photography. There is no theme for the image re costume or setting, just whatever portrays the person as themselves.