Like most wet plate photographers, I use a period lens (1860's Ross) and chemical formulas from the same era. Occasionally a 1930's Schneider lens is used to achieve focal points not possible with the older Petzval style lens. Along with my artistic projects, I do portraits (on site or in studio). Contact me for details on commission work or to find out more on events.
I will be appearing several dates this summer at the Pepper Place Market Maker's Village! So come get your portrait made for or with a loved one (or pet).
DATES: May 6 , 13, 27th; June 10; July 1, 29; Aug 12; Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7
Wet Plate Images
My work in Wet Plate Photography is currently focused on complimenting and strengthening a long in the making essay, Of Flesh and Word, that takes up persistent violence in the US South. Channeling the work of philosophers, Nietzsche, Foucault, Hayden White, and Southern Historians to make the case that it is the structures of metaphor employed in history and identity that have their resonance through violence, I have found Wet Plate images to be a perfect medium for adding a vernacular of image and a fitting anachronistic device. It has re-inspired and improved my previous attempts to articulate these concepts. In short, the tactile and immediate qualities of wet plate images ease the alienations of language and add a vocabulary of its own.
The selections above take up important aspects of culture in the US South. Central themes of time, history, genealogy, race, and their expression through metaphors of violence, literature, and music are invoked. The first six will be exhibited in an upcoming Artron exhibit in Shanghai.