I’ve been waiting all summer for an official go-ahead with the barn, because I am changing the use of it from storage to gallery. Now I’ve had a Yes! Wohoo! I’ve set the opening date to October the 9th so I have about a month to do the last preparations. Plenty of time to procrastinate, as my husband would say. So instead of finishing the last details with lights etc I did some wet plates. It’s great to be able to use the barn as a studio now when the weather is changing so rapidly. I wanted to do a shot that I’d been thinking about for a while. I have this big world map globe from my grandfather(which can also be used as a lamp) and thought it would look nice on a plate. Realised pretty quickly that I’d forgotten about the wet plate colour map! The collodion doesn’t treat colours the normal way so when I lit up the globe it became mainly orange and green which with the collodion turned black. Looks kinda cool though and turned out great when I made one on glass(Ambrotype). I had asked my cousins daughter to come around to model. She did an amazing job. How can anyone stand still, not blink and smile in a natural way for 25 seconds? When the first plate was perfect I couldn’t help thinking it would go bad somehow but the last plate ended up being my favourite.