Workshop weekend

Charlotta giving her model directions

Charlotta giving her model directions

my old camera is really on it’s last legs

my old camera is really on it’s last legs

Ambrotype group shot. Keeping still is not my strong side...

Ambrotype group shot. Keeping still is not my strong side…(Photo by Charlotta Gavelin)

varnishing the plates

varnishing the plates (photo by Charlotta Gavelin)

Now when the gallery is ready I finally have time to do some photography again. I’ve really gotten into the wet plates again lately and over the weekend I held a wet plate workshop. In the old days it was all hush-hush about the technique even up until a few years ago most wet plate photographers didn’t want to share their secrets with anyone. It all changed with the wet plate boom, suddenly people all over the world wanted to do wet plates and in a day where you can order anything online most of them succeeded. I just think it’s much more fun sharing and also important to hand the knowledge on so it won’t die out.
It was a very grey, cold windy day so we used the barn as a studio and developed the plates in the basement. I wonder what people think of me when they see my basement/darkroom. This time I had actually tidied for the occasion, well “tidying” consists more of putting things on top of each other or in front or behind. There is so much stuff! Anywho we had some really great portraits and finished off with a group photo on glass. That’ll be a new tradition.  Then I can make some prints using it as a negative and send to the participants as a moment from the weekend.

final rinse

final rinse

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