Principles of Light
Wet plate collodion photography was invented in 1851 by the English sculptor and photographer Frederick Scott Archer. FSA experimented with collodion, silver nitrate and glass plates, which he made light sensitive. This new process shortened exposure times to a few minutes and provided a more detailed image, with greater depth (of field).
With Principles of Light I embrace this authentic way of photography. It is a process of co-creation. Together we will make an image. Between the antique bellow cameras you imagine yourself in the past and you will experience the process up close. You will go to the dark room with me and you get to see how thewhole process works. In today’s world of fastdigital photography, is what happens in my darkroom, pure magic.
“I cherish the craft of antique photograph. Without haste and completely in the moment”
Multiple factors influence the result; humidity, the temperature of the room and of course the intensity of the light, but unexpected circumstances can also play a role. Each image is therefore unique and pure craftsmanship. The necessary chemicals are made by myself with great care, attention and precision, according to the original recipes from 1851.
The slow and intrinsic process of this way of photographing, creates space for a dialogue, a conversation, a collaboration almost, with the subject. It is that, the encounter, that I find so interesting. I get to know someone when he or she stands or sits in front of my lens. It is an intimate and disarming moment, with the old, antique camera as an tool.