In her work, Sevilay pushes the boundaries of what’s possible within the collodion wet plating technique. For example, by omitting the varnish, so the silver used on every plate will show signs of time passing in the form of natural oxidation, or by combining her plate with materials such as steel. In Principles of Light , Sevilay chose black glass for her portraits, a rarity that hasn’t been made in years and won’t be made in the near future.
In the era of fast photography, collodion wet plating forces the world to slow down. Within this vacuum, connections are formed, and encounters are captured on glass. Through her camera, Sevilay gets to know her subject. ‘I see something happening within a someone – and feel something happening between the two of us. It’s a disarming moment of intimacy with a vintage camera as the narrator.’