Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Continuing Love of Obsolete Art - Wet Plates

God Bless Dan Carrillo, the Seattle-based photographer & printmaker responsible for this lovely resurgence in daguerrotypes and wet plate collodian method. It's old-fashioned, inconvenient and you work against the clock-- the photographer has no more than 10 minutes to complete the entire process from coating to developing before the plate dries. 

But in a world so centered on smaller, lighter, faster & more convenient, it's nice to see someone pulling the old methods back from the brink of extinction. Sure, they're romantic. They make me think of war-torn lovers. But they also seem to capture a reality that photos don't. The eyes give more away. There's something other-worldly about them, don't you think?

For more about Daniel Carrillo, check out his blog
via Honestly... WTF & Miss Moss.

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