The snow and cold have kept me inside. I brought the little plate camera into the house from the studio and set up here and there with window light and a small 4 bulb lighting unit.
It is a good way to spend the days.
this is a 5×7 tintype.
Off Movie Road in the Alabama Hills with my great Ford Flex which doubles as a wetplate darkbox.
2012 was am amazingly busy year – wonderful in every way. I spent a good portion of the winter in Virginia, where I was able to do a lot of shooting up on the Skyline Drive. I drove across the United States with my wetplate gear and spent a week with five other women shooting big cameras in the desert. I had another wonderful exhibition in Sweden, then came home and flew straight to New Orleans for portfolio reviews at PhotoNOLA. So many great people and images and experiences.
Getting it all written down is going to take a bit of time. . . .
an 8×8 inch tintype
This is a 6×6 tintype. I love my wire woman and her bird’s nest heart, but I could really use an old canvas dressmaker’s dummy if anyone out there wants to lend, give, or trade me one for a plate or two . . .
Four years ago, in February of 2008 I began the Daily Print project. It was exactly what it sounds like: a print every day, sent to a list of wonderful recipients. What a great ride it’s been, and today marks the end.
My gratitude to you all — it has been so much fun! Now I look forward to new photographic adventures. I won’t be Daily anymore, but I won’t be gone, either.
Many, many thanks to you all!
from the program. If you can’t squint hard enough to read it, it says:
“In Things of This World, Jeanne Wells of Maine, USA brings her love of the unpredictable and evocative wetplate collodion process together with her love of the ordinary everyday things of this world — both the world of humans and the world of nature – to see what this union of ordinary and extraordinary might produce. Hers is a small view, and intimate. the series of ambrotypes which make up Things of This World are also small, tiny paens to the ordinary beauties of everyday life.”
More information about the festival here.
This was great fun — I shot it with a homemade lens onto an 8×10 paper negative.” What if?” is still one of my greatest friends.