You’re probably familiar with Markus Hofstaetter and his impressive wet-plate photography work, which we have previously featured in this magazine. We’re in awe of his passion for the craft—even more so with his recent project, Connected. He and his friend, photographer Shane Balkowitsch, collaborated on this wet plate art project despite a 7,000 km distance.
Limitations may be disheartening, but it can also encourage creativity. Markus was determined to keep working on his ideas during the quarantine. He mulled over the idea of ”building connections from thousands of miles away, overcoming obstacles, and being there for each other” and discussed it with Shane. Markus pointed out that this project was not about a flawless wet plate by technical standards, but about the bonds of friendship.
With the help of Pro-Digital in Vienna, he was able to secure a Dedolight light head with a projection kit, which made this ambitious project easier. You can watch the whole process in this video: