Ian Ruhter sets off to capture Yosemite Valley via wet plate collodion anew

Photographer Ian Ruhter certainly isn't letting initial failure get in the way of his dreams as he attempts to take photographs of the Yosemite Valley using what has been touted as the world's largest wet plate collodion camera for the second time.

Screenshot via Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo

It has been almost two years since Ian Ruhter, known within the photography community for his wet plate images and camera truck, tried but failed in his very first attempt to capture photographs of the famous Yosemite Valley through wet plate collodion. But although he ended up being “devastated” with the outcome of his monumental project, Silver & Light, Ruhter chose to carry on and spent a whole year and a half to perfect his technique.

“Yosemite” via Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo

My greatest failure in life came when I lost the ability to believe in my own dreams. It had taken a year and a half to return to Yosemite after enduring one of my most heartbreaking experiences. In an unexpected twist of fate I regained the courage to try again after seeing the world through a child’s eyes. Ian Ruhter

In the video above, we viewers are allowed a glimpse of Ruhter’s latest attempt in accomplishing what he had failed before. A poignant and inspirational video, the photographer mostly shares his feelings on his initial attempt here and what drives him to do it again.

All information in this article were sourced from Petapixel.

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written by chooolss on 2014-04-25 in #news

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