Until my website redesign is complete, here are some images I’ve made over the years:
Nature – Some older film images
Night Photography - When I can’t sleep I do this …
Wet Plate Collodion - Original plates vary in size from 4×5 to 11×14
Experimental Collodion - Combining 19th century photography with modern photographic techniques
“Blind Self-Portrait After 911″ is my attempt to create a self-portrait in wet plate collodion with my eyes closed. Doing a potentially lethal process outdoors “blind” seemed less absurd than what had just happened to us.
“Where’s Mommy?” is an 8×10 wet plate collodion image on glass made from an old family photograph printed on transparency, backlit with UV, then re-photographed using my 11×14 collodion camera. The peeling on the left is the collodion failing to adhere to the glass.
“Collodion Street” is a traditional black and white contact print using a wet plate collodion glass image as the darkroom negative. The collodion plate was made from the projected image of a medium format slide from an old enlarger.
“Locust Landing at Full Moon” makes use of a collection of dead bugs and other found objects arranged on a glass surface under a UV light source. A collodion plate was prepared and placed just under the glass surface, making the closest thing possible to a collodion contact print. A collodion image must be made while the plate is still wet, so nothing can touch the surface.
Experimental Non-Collodion – I am not a mad scientist, just a curious one …
I found this deer skull on vacation. I cleaned it up in the hotel bath tub and let it age several seasons in the back yard. This image was made using a flatbed scanner as the camera. The stripes are from the towel covering the skull during scanning.
The original 1899 Jail image is a 35mm slide scanned and digitally manipulated, then printed on a transparency sheet. The transparency was then used as the negative for a Van Dyke Brown print. The print was sun-exposed on watercolor paper, then re-scanned, digitally toned, and printed and re-scanned several more times for artificial aging.
The original Van Dyke Brown Tree image is a 35mm slide, scanned, transformed into a negative, then accidentally printed on the wrong (glossy) side of a transparency sheet. A Van Dyke Brown print was made from the transparency. The print was sun-exposed for 30-45 minutes.