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Ambrotype experiments

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on September 3, 2009 by davidputman

A few friends and I recently started a new project, making ambrotypes! For those who don’t know, an ambrotype is a positive image shot directly onto a glass plate. This is accomplished using the wet plate collodion process, where you take a piece of cut glass, pour a thin layer of a collodion solution onto the plate, then sensitize the plate in a silver nitrate solution. This makes the plate light sensitive, but the kicker is you have to shoot an image and begin developing the plate while it is still wet! This process, although very time consuming and difficult, produces absolutely beautiful images. There is a huge learning curve to the process, but every week the plates look a bit better! Here is a little taste of the images I have made so far, there will be more soon!

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Self Portrait