Photography has progressed into a myriad of processes and genres but there are still some people who passionately create imagery using the traditional tools that started it all. Photographer Alex Timmermans is one of those them. See his wet collodion photographs after the jump.
Shifting weather, varying amounts of chemicals and even the slightest change in lighting can affect the outcome of wet collodion photography. Wet plate photographer *Alex Timmermans* understands all of these things and still pursues the labor-intensive photography process with passion and commitment.
Timmermans transforms would-be normal scenes into vintage-looking imagery that pay homage to the early photography processes of old. The photographer spends hours creating images by mixing the right amount of chemicals, developing plate after plate to create the final image. All of these are done to produce a single image and Timmermans is more than fine with that.
Timmermans’ work is a visual treat and that exhibits an imaginative take on contemporary portrait photography. With the various advancements in technology, photography gear and processes, seeing Timmerman’s “fresh” take on modern-day photography is soothing to the eyes. Each wet plate photograph also gives a proud salute to the dedicated photographers of the past.
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.
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