A Seattle-based photographer has taken close to 100 portraits using the wet collodion method, an early photographic process developed in the 19th century.
In 1848, an English sculptor named Frederick Scott Archer invented an early photographic process using collodion and glass plates to obtain better images from the earlier calotype process. Archer published the process in March 1851 in The Chemist without first patenting it, therefore knowingly making it a “gift to the world”.
Sixteen decades and many photographic innovations later, Seattle-based photographer Dan Carrillo continues to take beautiful portraits using the age-old photographic process known to the world as the wet collodion method. The process is not at all easy, as it involves several steps and demands great skill from the photographer. Models are not treated to quick and simple photo-shoots either, as exposures are slow and movements should be minimized. As of recent times, Dan has taken close to 100 wet plate portraits of people from Seattle’s art community.
Aside from stunning portraits, Dan is also often running around Seattle with his antique cameras, seeking city scenes, construction sites, and other interesting landscapes to photograph using the wet collodion method.
You must have read about how tintype photographs are made, and now, it’s time to learn about the tintype’s forerunner through Dan himself:
Sources and additional readings:
Wet Plate Portraits by Dan Carrillo on Miss Moss
Dan Carrillo’s Official Website
Photographer Daniel Carrillo turns Seattle upside down – Picture This on The Seattle Times
Collodion on Wikipedia
Frederick Scott Archer on Wikipedia
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