Collodion Wetplate portraits


Silver portraits:

There is an interesting development going on in photography: beautiful nineteenth-century-style portraits using special technique and a reenactment of a dark room with old-fashioned chemistry.

Collodion Wetplate portraits.

This technique from the middle of the 19th century, makes use of light-sensitive layers which are applied ‘fresh’ on an aluminum plate; the layers are directly exposed in a special ‘camera obscura’.

After an exposure time of about 6 seconds, the plate is developed in the dark room. The result is a photoobject, a bit similar to a daguerreotype.

For examples see:

Bernard-Akoi-Jackson-Artist-Silver-Portrait-Store-Wet-plate-collodion-Tintype2-1500×630 (c) Dutch Photography