I started taking photos fairly late so my first “real” camera was a digital SLR. I always felt that I never learned photography the proper way so a few years ago I got a medium format Hasselblad 500c/m. I love shooting film, it makes me really think about what I’m doing.
Earlier this year I came across the wet plate process (invented in 1851). I fell in love with the idea of making photographs with chemicals and working with my hands to create a photograph on glass/aluminum.
I started researching and slowly acquired the equipment. I found an 8×10 view camera that was manufactured sometime in the 1950-60’s.
I poured my first 8×10 plate last week.
I have a long way to go, but I love the process.
From pouring the plate to holding a finished photograph in your hands 10 minutes later is an incredible feeling.
Flaws and mistakes, I made this by hand.
8×10 Tintype . The Big Table . Kansas City . Missouri