The Wet Plate Portrait
what is a wet plate ?
invented back in the early 1800's this was the first true clear photographic negative process that involves coating a glass or aluminium plate with various chemicals which is then exposed in the camera. The plate is developed whilst still wet hence the name 'Wet Plate', if the active chemicals dry then the image is lost.
this process can produce images with incredible detail with its characteristic tone, results are dependant on many factors which explains the variety of images produced.
what the wet plate portrait project ?
a wet plate portrait has a habit of creating an honest impression of its subject, they may not be as flattering as modern photography and there is no re touching so you get what you get.
i am inviting folk that are interested in sharing the experience of having their portrait created in a style of the earliest days of photography. There is no theme for the image re costume or setting, just whatever portrays the person as themselves.
We created a feature for the InTheGardenWithFriends exhibition where we invited participating artists to have their portrait taken and presented at the exhibition and this culminated in a wet plate photo session at the exhibition venue a few days before the opening to create a mini gallery of participating artists.
at the exhibition Gill and myself also showed some macro floral, landscape and other studio wet plate images
Venue : The Barn Gallery at The Bield by Tibbermore, near Perth. PH1 1PY
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