It follows quite close on the heels of Pinhole Day, doesn’t it? Wet Plate Day has its own website, too. Our Alt.Process class was working on wet plate/collodion all last week and the week before, so I thought I’d put some of the fruits of that labor up here:
This is a tintype portrait of me taken by my classmate Ian, and then one of him taken by me (obviously he did a much better job pouring his collodion). We used my instructor’s reproduction Civil War-era 8×10 camera, but the plates were cut down, less than 4×5 actually. The lens is a vintage brass one made in England in the 1880s and I’d say it still takes a damn fine picture. I documented the process on Tri-X as well, so you guys get a nice behind-the-scenes look:
We’re back out there today doing more of it and I can’t wait to see what we get.