Tag Archives: Alternative Cameras

Dennis Ziliotto And The Wet Plate Collodion Clown

Time for a little break from the Plain of Jars Project. I haven’t yet ventured into working with wet plate collodion, a photographic process from the 1800s, but in anticipation I’m a member of two great Facebook groups, one the Wet Plate Collodion Group, and the other, the wonderfully named Collodion Bastards: Wet Plate Work of Questionable Parentage. There is just absolutely stunning work in both, but I came across an image that I can’t stop looking at. Here it is:

Photo Dennis Ziliotto

The only word I can come up with is mesmerizing. It is almost as if the image is so disturbing that I can’t look at it for long, but I keep coming back to it. At one moment the clown is sad, the next threatening, and then the next just looking, with no intent whatsoever. I love that each time I look at it, I get a different impression.


I truly thought it was a man made up with makeup, but as you can see below, I was wrong on both counts.

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Posted in Alt Process Photography, Black and White Photographers, Black and White Photography

American Tintype

I’ve been an ardent fan of the ‘alternative processes’ in photography for the last decade or so. I’ve taken classes in gum bichromate and cyanotype, but other than the attending classes, collecting a few antique optics, and acquiring a truly large collection of books on the various processes, I haven’t gone any deeper. The main reason is one of space, as I currently don’t have room for a wet darkroom. That will change.

Photo of American Tintype

Screen Grab From American Tintype Of A Wonderful Image By Harry Taylor

This film American Tintype of the tintypist (great word!) Harry Taylor, created by Matt Morris is a poignant, beautifully told story about a man’s experience of loss transformed into a creative endeavor. Take a look:

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Ian Ruhter: Silver & Light

This is an amazing video–the wet plate collodion process is difficult with small plates (the process uses hand made and mixed photosensitive chemicals poured directly onto a glass plate then immediately put in the camera and exposed), but at this size, it is almost unbelievable.

I really admire this guy and his efforts:

Direct link to Vimeo.

I think I’m going to break out all those antique Petzval lenses and start playing with them again…


Ian Ruhter.

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Krappy Kamera 2010 Blurb Book Available Now

SoHo Photo has just put out a Blurb book containing all the images from the show. Check it out:


I’m on page 58…  🙂

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People’s Choice Award! My print won! Woohoo!

I’m very excited… I just found out that I won the People’s Choice award at the KK2010 show. Thanks to all the people who voted!

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