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!