The birds are chirping and the sun is peeking through the clouds finally! This winter I have been focusing on making cases for my customers. I will be offering them at my events in various sizes from 1/9th plate up to whole plate. This first run is made from all spar grade sitka spruce and they are coming out quite beautiful! Also, I am setting my schedule for the year. I will once again be attending the Port Townsend Victorian Festival and The Brass Screw Steam Punk Festival. I have also added two more Civil War reenactments to the schedule. One in Spokane in May and the other at Ft. Stevens in Oregon in September. Dates and case pictures to follow soon!
I can't believe its June already! These past months have brought better backdrops, more events, and a couple of "true to the era" lenses that give my images an even more authentic look. On is a rare Laverne lens from about the 1870's and the other is a tack sharp Darlot from the 1870's at my best guess. I have been having a wonderful time making images with these beauties and plan to have them at my next event.
Speaking of events, my next one will be Port Townsend's very own Steam Punk Festival put on by the Brass Screw Confederacy. See brass-screw.org for more details, Weather permitting, I will be there Friday afternoon, Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 9am to noon or as long as interest holds out. Be sure to drop by my tent in the grass area next to the museum and behind the legion hall downtown to get a reservation. Spaces fill up fast for this one!
I realized I have not updated my blog is ages! Apologies to those who have been trying to keep updated about what I have been doing.
What have I been doing? Well, quite a bit actually!
This year was a busy time for me in the world of wet plate. I covered the Port Townsend Steampunk Festival and my debut there was a great success. I forged some solid friendships during the event, and met a lot of stellar folks who travel the steampunk circuit here in the North West. See you all next year!
From there I covered not one, but TWO civil war reenactments, and made some phenomenal images! I was sad to see them go. Luckily a couple of them are posted here on the website for others to see. Many thanks to Liz and the crew for helping me make it happen!
Steam Port Gamble was a bust this year due to extreme weather, but I hope to make an appearance next year. The folks who run Mrs, Muirs House of Ghosts and Magic put the event on, and I can only see it growing from here. Port Gamble is a wonderful place for such an event, and they have an old theatre at their disposal for performances and demonstrations. Thanks to Chris W. and the crew for having me!
This year also saw the debut of Japanned tin in my arsenal. No more trophy plate ever! At least I hope. With concern about the archival nature of the material, and the false feel of the plates, I simply cannot bring myself to use them any longer. Not that I used them much anyhow. Most of my early works are ambrotypes. Regardless, the Japanned tin is authentic, and has a wonderful feel and look. They are lovely to hold in the hand or stuff in your uniform pocket during a civil war skirmish. Each piece is lovingly hand made by me in small batches, and I think its very much worth the extra time and effort it takes to make them.
A visit to John Coffer!
Yes, I took some time this summer to spend time with John Coffer the maestro of wet plate collodion photography. It was an intense week of learning, camping, watching fireflies, getting soaked in summertime storms, cavorting with other wet plates enthusiasts, and generally having a grand ol' time. John has been doing this for ages, and truly is an amazing man! Without John none of us would be doing what we are doing with the process. visit his site at johncoffer.com for more info.
I am sure there is a lot more to add, but these are the highlight from this past year. There are other events in the works for December, and again in spring. And of course I hope to be even more active during the summer/fall season! I will keep you posted!
While I am making posts, I should mention that I have committed to making images at the Brass Screw Confederacy Steam Punk Festival here in Port Townsend which happen May 29-31. It is likely I will be shooting Saturday ONLY! This is a great opportunity to have your image made for a dirt cheap price! So grab your best steam punk inspired outfit and come on down.
You can check out the details of the festival here: brass-screw.org. Follow up as we get closer. These fine folks are the same ones that put on the Victorian Festival, which happened this past weekend.
This past Thursday and Friday I was give the opportunity to strike some plates for a movie being filmed in the area. The weather was constantly in flux, and I made images on location in windy conditions, with rain, rapidly changing light, and sometimes tight time constraints interspersed with long waits. It was a baptism by fire in many ways, but worth every minute.
I had a wonderful time meeting the actors, and chatting with the crew. In the end we managed about eight images of varying quality. Some are blurry and a bit overexpose, and a few are absolutely beautiful. They all have a wonderful creepy old feel to them which is exactly what the director was looking for.
For now I am keeping mum about the details of the movie. If and when I get permission to say more I will. And hopefully you will get to see a few images as well.
Thank you Nancy for giving me the opportunity, and being so very helpful! I couldn't have done it without you.
Just spent the last week cutting up old solvent cans from the boat shop and japanning them to create my first batch of tin for that traditional look. As always, aside from the old lettering on the back, these look and feel as real as anything they would have had 150 years ago. It's a nice alternative to the ambrotypes I have been making, and of course won't shatter if you drop them. So far, I have only had the time to make one image, but it turned out great and I should have it up on the site soon. I am looking forward to making more ferrotypes in the near future.