Jody Ake, unlike most contemporary photographers, creates his images not through cameras but with the more than a hundred-year-old wet collodion process.
Portland, Oregon-based *Jody Ake* received his Masters in Photography from the University of Oregon; prior, he attended the College of Santa Fe as a photography major. While based in New York Ake began to practice the wet collodion process, which has since become his “process of choice.” Apart from portraits, he also shoots nudes, landscape images, and still life.
Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.
One lomographer still prefers shooting portraits with the wet plate collodion process. Although it entails laborious work, the resulting photographs from this technique, as he puts it, have that distinct, intense look.
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Marcus Selmer was the first daguerreotype photographer of Bergen, Norway. He was up-to-date with new technologies and even shifted to wet plate collodion process, a more practical alternative to daguerreotypes. In the 1850s, he also made a series of portraits highlighting folk costumes, from floor-grazing bunad dresses to men’s mink coats. The prints were sold to tourists as a remembrance of traditional Norwegian culture.
A couple of years ago marcus_loves_film had the opportunity to spend time at a lodge more than half a century old in Woodruff, Wisconsin. Through these photographs, he had documented one night of his stay.
Hundreds of thousands of photographs have been shared in the community for the past twelve months and we cannot help but commend those that really stood out and captured everyone's attention. Let's take a look back at this great year through this selection of landscapes and portraits that make up the most popular photos of 2014.
This article is a tribute to the great Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira, who died last April 2. With an old Praktica loaded with a roll of black and white film, I captured so enthusiastically his city Oporto (Porto) with its famous Ribeira district, the most characteristic of the Lusitanian town. It was here that more than 70 years ago, Manoel De Oliveira created a timeless masterpiece: "Aniki-Bòbò"!
As a game art designer, creating worlds and characters from his imagination is of second nature for Chen Chao. However, drawing with light and recording once-in-a-lifetime moments with his trusty analog cameras seem more magical, on a personal level. His LomoHome, which is filled with portraits of beloved subjects, most especially that of his little boy Liangliang, speaks volumes about his eagerness to preserve fleeting memories through photography.
Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.