New equipment

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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

Testing the water

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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.

Collecting the Contemporary

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I would like to extend an offer to all contemporary daguerreotypists – a trade of work – my enclosures for an example of your work. For a mercurial daguerreotype one of my moroccan cases and for a becquerel plate, a … Continue reading

Fixing Focus

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A problem with taking portraits used to be keeping focus while taking the lens cap on and off. A problem no longer – having access to a good engineer who doesn’t mind small jobs is priceless. The extra piece of … Continue reading

Trailer upgrade

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Another title for this post was almost the impossible project.. but it is done – the darkroom trailer now has a new water supply and waste system. The previous tap and distilled water tanks were only 10 litres each with … Continue reading

Sixth plate moroccans

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A stack of cases for a client stateside, deeper than my normal cases, not for ambrotypes but another glass based process – orotones.

White and gold ovals

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A pair of passe partout for a client and fellow daguerriean, white line with a black border and gold pigment line on a white border

Angel in store

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I have housed and cased the Angel plate which is now in my online store. All of the portraits in the current Reflecting mana exhibit are available through my dealer gallery.

Headstand

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My portraiture work now has a helpful addition – a sturdy headstand for the long exposures. I did have a replica headstand (the top shown here) but it was without the base and relied on a chair I had to … Continue reading

Reflecting Mana: Portraits of Tainui

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My first national exhibit has opened at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery and on on till February 12th 2012. I have added the ten portraits in the exhibit to the Daguerreotypes section of this website.

Angelic

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I have made a few of attempts at this scene but a couple of recent conversations with other contemporary daguerreotypists and with a improvement I made to my polishing technique, my proficiency with the process has reached a new level.