Collodion Wetplate Process

We don’t like digital cameras, but instead are only interested in old photographic techniques. Nicole got stuck with the collodion wetplate process technique from around 1852 and has been photographing still lifes and portraits on glass or aluminium since 2016. In this process, everything is done by ourselves, the chemistry is made, the medium is coated and then exposed – and developed. The nice thing, which we particularly like, is that unique pieces are created. Only one plate is made at a time. The size of the camera therefore also determines the final result.
The chemistry, which each photographer produces according to his own recipes, is based on experience. Room temperature and humidity also play a role. Everyone has to find their own way.
Nicole has already given a workshop here, and it’s a good idea to work with just one person for one or two days. Too many mistakes can happen if you are not concentrated on the task at hand. We are always happy to receive requests for workshops.
The largest plate that is currently possible in our studio is 42x42cm. For this we have a historical wooden camera. Haake & Albers, Frankfurt with a Voigtländer Euryscop IV No. 6 lens. Here is a picture of the camera:

here are a few wetplates, the first one that was created and below more – i think you can also see a process. the longer you work with the technique, the better the results become.

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