Swedish wet platers 2016

 

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How many wet plates photographers can fit in a tent?

How many wet plates photographers can fit in a tent?

Hans Jonsson and the youngest model of the day

Hans Jonsson and the youngest model of the day

Eva Karlsson

Eva Karlsson

Markus Andersson photographed by Aron Mattsson

Markus Andersson photographed by Aron Mattsson

Henning Klasén being photographed by Aron Mattsson

Henning Klasén being photographed by Aron Mattsson

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Me by Eva Karlsson

Me by Eva Karlsson

WET plating...

WET plating…

IMAG5898For the first time wet plate photographers in Sweden gathered together at Donsö, an island in the southern archipelago, to do wet plates and hang out. With last weeks exhibition and one the coming weekend I wasn’t going to come but changed my mind the last minute. Since I hadn’t mixed any collodion recently and my camera holders are broken I didn’t do any photography and ended up being a model instead. Donsö is actually quite close to Hönö but there is no boat or ferry connection between the islands so it took me over two hours to get there by bike, bus, tram and ferry. There are no cars on Donsö, everyone’s got mopeds or golf carts to get around. We set it all up in the woods just by the water. The drawback with wet plate photography is that you need to bring so much stuff, our host had to do countless trips back and forth with all the equipment. It was a great location and we were very lucky with the weather to begin with. I went for a swim and tried to a floating model for one of the photographers, gosh it’s really hard to float without moving! Suddenly the heavens opened up and and the rain started pouring down. I sacrificed my raincoat to save some of the plates that had dried. All we could do was squeeze in to the eskimo tent and wait for it to pass. The rain kind of killed the mood a little bit and we were getting hungry and wet so our host drove us back one by one with all the cameras and plates. The rest of the evening we had a meal together and ended up talking until early hours. So great to get to discuss things with other people who know what you’re talking about and to see how everyone else does their plates. Definitely the beginning of a yearly event!

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