Through a 19th century lens

Recent projects, exhibitions, workshops, travel photographs and ephemera

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Here we are, mid semester and it’s almost Spring in NYC. Yesterday we tested out the new 8x10 holder Colin adapted for us. We had a few scratches along the way to perfection but we are on the road to larger plates. This class works together like true collaborators. I love the tribute to tin foil, primitive art and surrealism, courtesy Effie and Dana! 

First plate at Cooper Union wet plate collodion class “Into The Ether”
Great students and wonderful results. Looking forward to a semester filled with their images!

First plate at Cooper Union wet plate collodion class “Into The Ether”
Great students and wonderful results. Looking forward to a semester filled with their images!

Meet Patrick, an amazing kite surfer, athlete and all around awesome person. I had the pleasure of working with him last month in California at Rincon. It was my first day on the beach shooting and I was using my standard large format modern lens. However, I had also brought along a Dallmeyer 3D and whipped it out it for this last portrait. Quite an amazing difference between the the two lenses, don’t you agree?

Interested in having your tintype portrait made, minus the surfboard!  Sign up for one at Penumbra’s tintype studio on Feb. 28th. @penumbrafoundation #tintype #wetplate #largeformat #8x10

Interested in having your tintype portrait made, minus the surfboard! Sign up for one at Penumbra’s tintype studio on Feb. 28th. @penumbrafoundation #tintype #wetplate #largeformat #8x10

Amidst these frigid winter days, I am excited to announce that I am going to have some work included in a show that exudes the warmth of summer.

'Not Long Hidden' opens at Rick Wester Fine Art on January 23rd from 6-8 with a stellar group of other artists.

For more information, please visit http://www.rickwesterfineart.com/

I visited Penumbra’s tintype photo studio yesterday to do some wet plate tests for an upcoming portrait shoot. Daniel was working at the studio and kindly offered to pose for my light tests. This picture is an 8x10 tintype, shot with a Sommerville Petzval lens. The amazing sharpness and clarity of detail, which wet plate is so capable of, but so rarely explored these days, was achieved with strobes.

I visited Penumbra’s tintype photo studio yesterday to do some wet plate tests for an upcoming portrait shoot. Daniel was working at the studio and kindly offered to pose for my light tests. This picture is an 8x10 tintype, shot with a Sommerville Petzval lens. The amazing sharpness and clarity of detail, which wet plate is so capable of, but so rarely explored these days, was achieved with strobes.

The American windmill—the fascinating subject of my recent work.

Playing around with hipstamatic’s fake wet plate on the iphone and maximizing the vertical with the diamond shape. There’s real film involved but I had a nice time shooting topsy turvy and having fun with this subject. 

Some food and photos from the wetplate workshop on Cortes Island

Into The Ether Cortes Island Workshop with Luz Gallery workshops at Reef Point Farm