Much of this year has been spent in a big learning curve about stainless steel and electrical heat engineering. The goal was to come up with a design for a Daguerreotype mercury pot to be made commercially available for sale, … Continue reading
Recently I visited the first collecting institution I ever worked for – the Alexander Turnbull Library within the National Library of New Zealand. I met with Staff from the Photographic Archive section and the Photograph conservators to talk about cased … Continue reading
Haven’t had as much time for much plate making this year as I am heavily involved with one of my better ideas – the ImageObject exhibit and symposium. The idea got mooted after a chance meeting with the Director of … Continue reading
After nearly 14 years of custom making authentic daguerreotype enclosures for clients around the world, I have decided to cease seeking this work and just make them for my own daguerreotypes. I feel fortunate to have gathered the experience I … Continue reading
My whole plate camera is finished and is ready to go into plate production. I have a landscape as well as a portrait lens and the darkslides which shoot whole plate vertical or horizontal have reduction frames for half plate.
My camera maker has completed the main work on the body of my Grand Photographe, next is the dark slides.
My camera maker is making very pleasing progress on the grand Photographie reproduction..
Construction has begun on my next camera. A reproduction of the Chevalier “Grande Photographie” folding whole plate camera design (see image of vintage examples) but carrying a Voigtlander petzval lens. It is part of my long term goal of having … Continue reading
Last week I taught a workshop to a photographer and demonstrated both the mercurial and becquerel versions of the process. Having not made a non mercury developed daguerreotype since 2008 it took some testing to find out the ASA of … Continue reading
A quarter plate study of a gravestone sculpture.
Some new acquisitions the darkroom has made this daguerreotypists life much easier of late. From Lundphotographics.com, two dipping tanks, one I use for galvanising, the other for fixing. These store in a handy caddy and save me having to decant … Continue reading
After a long hiatus I am back into plate making, this was a test plate that came out surprisingly well and while ungilded will be a keeper.