So much has happened since April, my blog seems to have fallen behind. I’m in the process of editing together some samples of what I’ve been up to. Anyway in the mean time have a look at this lovely wet plate I shot today.
Wet plate collodion, what is wet plate collodion ?
I started my career processing film by hand and I have recently started to explore analogue photography again. From the late 1980’s into the 1990’s I shot and processed film exclusively – then what seemed like over night I swapped to digital and never really looked back. The ability of instantly viewing your images along ‘easy’ editing and quick transferal seemed like the logical way forward. samsung galaxy s9 edge release dateAnyway roll onto 2016 and I though I would revisit the past and I am so glad I did, I have rediscovered the joy and excitement of shooting and waiting and processing images once again. Now in 2017 I have tried a process which I have never done, wet plate collodion. Its a very old technique which has been around since the 1850’s.
Below are some samples of wet plate collodion that I shot of my friend Tim. These were shot on an old 10×8″ studio camera. The images were taken on glass (10×8″) and appear to the eye as negative images, they have been scanned and reversed, there is absolutely no retouching or Photoshop work done on these they are ‘as shot in camera’. I love everything about them, their tonality their contrast the way they show all the flaws of the process, the borders and processing marks add to their quality.by
Studio Triptych portrait of me. I shot this on a 5X4 ARCA Swiss field camera, using 120 Roll film in a Horseman film back. I used a wide angle lens fired using a cable release. I lite it with a single small ring flash (on the lens). The film is black & white, I processed & scanned it myself. The editing was done in Lightroom, I used minimal adjustments and no filters or effects.by
I was lucky enough to meet Simon Weston OBE last week. He was speaking at an event for Helpline Partners in London which I was covering. Before he was due on stage I asked if i could take a quick portrait. I love this Fuji Portrait, the X-Pro 2 is great to work on more intimate portraits. The cameras size makes the subject more relaxed than when using a DSLR.
I shot this with my Fuji X-Pro2 and the 35mm Lens @ f2.2 – I processed the shot using the Classic Chrome camera profile.by
Here are some editorial images I shot of students from Cranfield University for the IET.by
F&B Team Langham, London
Here’s one of the images I shot this morning of the F&B Team Langham, London
The Langham, London is celebrating its 150th year. Here is a link to the Telegraph with some of its defining moments.
If you want a look behind the scenes check out this YouTube video time-lapse I shot while we were setting up.
Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Duncan Palmer Langham London
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This is an image I shot at The Langham Hote, London, of Albert & Michel Roux Jr with Duncan Palmer. Its a PR/Editorial image to acompany a press release celebrating Albert Roux and his son Michel Roux Jr who are to take over the running of the entire food and beverage (F&B) operation at the Langham, London hotel.
There is a great piece in The Caterer, which you can read The Caterer.by