How to make Crickets Making Salted Paper Prints for Crickets
Projects tagged with ''collodion''
Manual Project Exhibitions
Sol Mednick Gallery, uArts, Philadelphia PA, August-September 2007 Westby Gallery, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, November – December 2007 Cypress College Gallery, Cypress CA, October-November 2008 Artspace Gallery, Richmond VA, February-March 2011 Ironworks Gallery, Orange NJ, December 2011-January 2012 SCCC Gallery, Newton NJ, October 2016
2019 - Ongoing
Collodion Wet-plate collodion photogram on stone, stand made of welded steel and rock - 3.5"x5" up to 8"x8" not including stand
The “Anthropocene” fossils are imaginary records of flora and fauna that might be found in a future geologic era. They are evidence of what was and hints of how it might have been extinguished. Just as the real fossils found by humans fill in the story of what lived and how it died in earlier geologic era, these created fossils are evidence what what might be becoming extinct as a result of human activity.
Wet-Plate Collodion on Laser etched Trophy Aluminum (Tintype) 6"x8" or 6"x6" or 4.25"x5.5"
After 35 years of making photograms I felt challenged to make something new, but it seemed I had photogrammed every kind of object. I decided to create my own objects to make photograms with - and the best place to start is with simple geometric shapes. I 3D printed geometric shapes which were placed on the wet tintype and exposed to light. Before making the photogram I laser-etched photographs of the geometric objects onto the aluminum to achieve a layered effect. I was able to produce new imagery of timeless shapes using 19th century analog process combined with 21st century laser etching and 3D printing.
Tintype Portrait of Nick
Eleven collodion wet plate portraits made with color anodized aluminum mounted in a carefully spaced overlapping pattern standing off the black velvet background in a 18.5″ x 22.5″ frame
Eleven collodion wet plate portraits made with color anodized aluminum. The strobe light was so bright I didn’t want to photograph innocent subjects who might not be careful enough to avoid looking at the 5000 watt seconds of lights when they flashed. So I used the only subject who I trusted - my assistant Nick.
The unique (edition of 1) collodion wet-plate glass negatives are 4.25"x5.5" and can be contact printed as salted paper prints or silver gelatin prints. All images have been scanned and are available as limited edition digital pigment print enlargements up to 40"x50".
Clematis is a climbing vine with gorgeous flowers. These photograms are of the flower after the bloom has wilted, lost its petals, and gone to seed. The clematis flowers are placed in the enlarger and projected onto a collodion wet-plate glass plate.
Blog posts tagged with ''collodion''
Collodion is a flammable, syrupy solution of “nitrocellulose” also known as “cellulose nitrate”, “flash paper” and “gun cotton” in ether and alcohol. In 1851, Frederick Scott Archer, an Englishman, discovered that collodion could be used as an alternative to egg white (albumen) on glass photographic plates. Collodion reduced the exposure time necessary for making an image. This method became known as the ‘wet-plate collodion’ or ‘wet collodion’ method. Collodion was relatively grainless and colorless, and allowed for one of the first high-quality duplication processes, also known as negatives.
What are you doing?
What we’ve been doing…. Lisa and I presented our work for the Peters Valley Artist Talk Series on May 5th, 2021. I love to talk about my art but talking about myself is excruciating. It was a wonderful opportunity to explain how my various projects relate to each other and fit into the context of …
Five of my Anthropocene sculptures will be in the show “Vanishing Worlds” at the Gallery at 14 Maple in Morristown NJ from March 12 to August 19, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 virus the opening has been postponed – date to be determined. Curated by Yvette Lucas the show also features Susan Ahlstrom, Janet Boltax, …
Making a Sunbeam
A recipe for a Silver Sunbeam – A glimpse at how I made a 21st century edition of the classic 19th century book of photographic techniques. John Towler’s 1864 “Silver Sunbeam” was a revolutionary book that shared recipes for making those very new and magical things called photographs. The PDF of the 1864 edition The …
Some would say I like to make things unnecessarily complicated, and that might be true. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to just press a button and be done with a picture, but I simply don’t know when to leave well enough alone. Take for example my new series Pythagoras… Named for one …
On The Edge of Reality
“Photographs do not lie” …. but then again, they don’t tell the truth either. I like to say that and I love to make pictures that don’t tell the truth. A good example is my Borderlands series. They appear to be panoramic landscapes. But they are actually gigantic enlargements of the artifacts on the …
The Photography Show – AIPAD 2016
The annual AIPAD Photography Show is at the Park Avenue Armory April 14-17 and more than 80 galleries will be showing contemporary and historic photography. At Charles Schwartz Ltd. booth #415 I will be showing photogram tintypes, some the traditional monochrome and for the first time I will be exhibiting some tintypes with wild colors. …
Everything New is Old Again
Returning to the basics, the Elementary series are wet-plate tintype photograms made using a cube, sphere, cylinder, pyramid, and a few other shapes designed in a CAD program and created with a 3D printer, I also returned to the most elementary image making technique: photograms and one of the earliest photographic technologies: collodion wet-plate to …
MOMENTO in POP PHOTO
An article about MOMENTO appears in the December 2009 POP PHOTO Magazine on page 26. “Modern Antiques” is the My Project feature.
MOMENTO now available
MOMENTO is a collection of human experiences and technological dreams triggered by our cameras. With each camera is a story told by its owner. The cameras were photographed using a19th century glass plate negatives, emphasizing how quickly the technology of past image-making has been made antique. The cameras capture our experience in mere fractions of …
Brassworks Gallery Exhibit
BETWEEN ORDER AND DISORDER – An exhibit of Bill’s large giclee prints is scheduled for the Brassworks Gallery – 105 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ – January 22 through April 15, 2009. The two person show will also feature paintings on paper by Harriet Finck. There will be an opening the evening of Thursday January 22, …