Amazing wet plate video...... / by Neil Genower

 
 
Wet Plate collodion process © Ian Ruhter

Wet Plate collodion process © Ian Ruhter

In this digital, photoshoped world it's a refreshing change to see photographs shot using methods from the 1850's. Yes, 1850! The wet plate collodion process was a very labour intensive affair and also a rather dangerous use of toxic chemicals.

The video here has got to be the absolute antithesis to the pocket iphone and instagram. Photographer, or as he describes himself 'alchemist' Ian Ruhter has pioneered the use of a huge camera that uses this process. Building his own camera which is positioned in the back of a truck, he drives around the US looking for subjects and vistas. Those who appreciate the work of Sally Mann are probably already familiar with the wet plate process, she has been using it very effectively for quite some time. Ian Ruhter has taken it a step further. I have to admit being rather envious of Ian's work and the process he goes through to achieve his photographs. It is however a big commitment, literally and as much as I'd love to try this technique out, it is more of an indulgence. Enjoy the video and check out both Ian and Sally Mann's work.