wetplatecollodionberlin

Photographic Studio specializing in Wet-Plate Collodion, Salted Paper, & Albumen

New Workshop Schedule!

Sorry, but due to circumstances outside our control (you know, life), we had to adjust the Workshop Schedule a bit.  If you already saw our schedule, and were considering classes from August on, please note the new dates for August, September and November.  And Happy Saturday! 

Posted 4 weeks ago

One for Friday

Sorry, but winter in Berlin can be tough, real tough (if you live here, and are not from here, you know what I mean), especially when you find a picture like this of where you once (feels like another life-time ago) rode your bike.  And in winter.  Uggggh.  I know this isn’t a photography post, but to be honest, bicycles, nature, and analogue photography (especially wet-plate) have a hell of a lot in common.  You either understand, or you don’t.  I’ve also been really getting into Buckminster Fuller a lot lately.  If you don’t know who he is, check him out.  Also check out the Black Mountain College (sadly, it doesn’t exist anymore), where he once taught.  Unbelievable.

In closing, one of his quotes:

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.”

Posted 8 weeks ago
<p>Yeah, albumen is nice.  </p><p>(albumen work print made in one of our workshops from a historic negative)</p>

Yeah, albumen is nice.  

(albumen work print made in one of our workshops from a historic negative)

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>Introducing the 2019 Workshop Schedule!</p>

Introducing the 2019 Workshop Schedule!

Posted 14 weeks ago
<p>Here’s a great example of a “photoshopped” historic negative.  To increase the contrast, the photographer hand-colored the bird, the girl’s arm, and her face.  The red tone blocks out ultraviolet light - think of those red darkroom lights in our old bathrooms/darkrooms.</p>

Here’s a great example of a “photoshopped” historic negative.  To increase the contrast, the photographer hand-colored the bird, the girl’s arm, and her face.  The red tone blocks out ultraviolet light - think of those red darkroom lights in our old bathrooms/darkrooms.

Posted 14 weeks ago
<p>Well, to be honest, we here at the Central Valley Project have been, for some time, neck deep in a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  We hate the obsessiveness of the platform, and for a business, we aren’t quite sure if the time sacrifice translates into an increase in “traffic.”  I’ve realized I have only so much time in the day, and to be honest again, I prefer to be hanging out with my daughter, making photographs, riding my bike, and enjoying the company of my friends.  So, we’re going back to an earlier, simpler time.  Almost to the time of Big Wheels, and catching tadpoles down at the creek.  We’re still going to be staying away from Facebook, but will spend more time and energy on our blog  (Tumblr - “wetplatecollodionberlin”) as well as our website (<a href="http://trafficlight.bitdefender.com/info?url=http%3A//www.centralvalleyproject.com/%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3HHDyWO8yJAoDpsh8Eh1pgzC81vyNEP50el-ZjQDnBOBbbEmKoa8FE2m0&language=en_US"></a><a href="http://www.centralvalleyproject.com/?fbclid=IwAR3HHDyWO8yJAoDpsh8Eh1pgzC81vyNEP50el-ZjQDnBOBbbEmKoa8FE2m0">www.centralvalleyproject.com</a>).  Stay tuned! </p>

Well, to be honest, we here at the Central Valley Project have been, for some time, neck deep in a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  We hate the obsessiveness of the platform, and for a business, we aren’t quite sure if the time sacrifice translates into an increase in “traffic.”  I’ve realized I have only so much time in the day, and to be honest again, I prefer to be hanging out with my daughter, making photographs, riding my bike, and enjoying the company of my friends.  So, we’re going back to an earlier, simpler time.  Almost to the time of Big Wheels, and catching tadpoles down at the creek.  We’re still going to be staying away from Facebook, but will spend more time and energy on our blog  (Tumblr - “wetplatecollodionberlin”) as well as our website (www.centralvalleyproject.com).  Stay tuned! 

Posted 14 weeks ago

Workshop Review

“Die Anfänge der Fotografie sind von David in sehr eindrucksvoller Art und Weise vermittelt worden. Unglaublich, den Entstehungsprozess eines solchen Bildes zu erleben. Ich habe sehr viel gelernt und werde mit Sicherheit den Folgeworkshop auch buchen. Danke, die 2 Tage waren superklasse.” - thanks Bernd!

Posted 63 weeks ago

Smaller is better

I’ve always preferred smaller images, they lie somewhere between objects and photographs.

(hand-tinted ambrotype, 2 3/4x 3 ¼ inches)

“Today the trend in photography dictates "bigger is better.”  Large scale is the name of the commercial game.  These in-your-face works of art leave little room for interpretation.“ - Andre Kertesz, The Polaroids (2007!)

Posted 63 weeks ago

Workshops Only 2 weeks to go! The 2018 Workshops are already filling up - sign up for one before the end of November and you receive a 5% discount. Wet-Plate Collodion, Advanced Wet-Plate (Negatives & Salted Paper Printing), Dry-Plate, Albumen Printing ....

Posted 64 weeks ago
<p>Still experimenting with toning options.  Getting closer to the tone we are seeking!</p><p> despite the poor digital image, the tones are subtle, but distinguishable -</p><p> 1. full bleach, sulfide toner<br/> 2. short bleach, sulfide toner<br/> 3. short bleach, sulfide toner, selenium toner</p>

Still experimenting with toning options.  Getting closer to the tone we are seeking!

despite the poor digital image, the tones are subtle, but distinguishable -

1. full bleach, sulfide toner
2. short bleach, sulfide toner
3. short bleach, sulfide toner, selenium toner

Posted 64 weeks ago