"...like taking a Polaroid but on glass."
December 11, 2014 6:34 AM   Subscribe

Photographer Jonathan Keys is taking a step back from modern techniques and using a Collodion camera (previously) that dates back to the 1880's and uses a wet plate process. Here's his Flickr gallery.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (5 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Nice work. I just finished a beginner photography class and plan on continuing with more classes and one of the advanced ones is all done with view cameras like he uses although using film and not wet plates like he does.
posted by octothorpe at 7:06 AM on December 11, 2014

Just a heads-up for those browsing from work, there are some bare breasts on page 2 or 3 of his Flickr stream.
posted by fings at 8:14 AM on December 11, 2014

Perfectly straight faced gallery owners state Photography is not a fine art. I beg to differ, but not with meatheads who can't make as much money on photos as they make on paintings, I smile and nod and paint from my photos, which are so much better than my paintings. Then I say something like this, everyone with a telephone is now a photographer, so artists who work in the photofraphic medium are.getting a bath of jello, walking through it coating the footprints with gum arabic and photo chemicals, exposing these to the sun and calling it art. Then they agree, however the entire thing annoys me so and I don't have a fraction of the monetary investment a lot of photographers do. I love photography my response to the glut is not taking photographs, anywhere except in my head.

It is nice to revisit the old techniques, one thing digital photography rescued photographers from, is the benzene in the old processes and the accompanying Parkinson's disease.

Once in a photo history class the instructor put up a large landscape photo of a big empty valley and mountain range, from Edward Curtis. He said I don't know were this picture was taken, I said,"Oh that is the Salt Lake Valley from what is now the State Capitol grounds." The image is on a large glass negative at the Mariott Library on the U of U campus. The technique has great durability. The silver process is breathtaking.

Nice work.
posted by Oyéah at 8:30 AM on December 11, 2014

See also: Borut Peterlin.
posted by popcassady at 8:45 AM on December 11, 2014

…his Youtube channel is worth a watch if you're interested in traditional photography techniques.

(Carbon printing is a technique I've wanted to try for some years. I've only ever seen one print using this technique but, wow, there's a tonality and richness to the shadows that is unsurpassed. Not even a silver gelatine print can come close.)
posted by popcassady at 8:53 AM on December 11, 2014

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