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.

2011 USA trip

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Since I lived in NYC and left in 2002, I have been back 5 times adhering to the same travel formula at this time of the year. Its become something of a ritual, traveling to NYC and staying with my … Continue reading

Fountain

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Sunday in some formal gardens yielded this 1/3 plate. The 52 second exposure calmed the motion of the water and left passersby unseen.

NZ Portrait Gallery

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This recent portrait is for an exhibit I’m having at the NZ Portrait Gallery from Nov14th till Feb 10th.

Exhibit – Reflecting Mana

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Recently installed at my dealer gallery is the first in a series of portraits of Maori from the Tainui iwi (tribe). The display cabinets are the latest incarnation of my design where the lighting (cold light leds) is from the … Continue reading

Oculus

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Another academic journal has focused on my daguereotypy, pdf file available here (8.1mb).

Taonga

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The mid winter skies were blue and full of UV today, which helped make for an exceptional portrait, the plate is a very strong one and I’m pleased to say my best yet.

Broken glasses and book

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One of the joys of the home office is getting parcels. Usually its art supplies with a catalogue thrown in which makes for a good read. This morning though it was a fed ex box from a european client with … Continue reading

Light and Rain

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A lack of sun is the bane of daguerreotypy, lately I’ve had enough to get a good test plate, work out where the bromine is at and then the rain sets in. Such was the case today when trying to … Continue reading

Te Parapara gardens

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Back at an old locale for shooting today with some varied results, the bromine quadrate test plate of 24, 21 18 and 15 seconds was most pleasing, even for composition. The other two plates suffered from underexposure with some overdevelopment … Continue reading

Bromine study

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Between periods of shooting I have taken to storing my brominated silica gel in a small glass stoppered container. This is so I can more readily study its color and keep that color under more control. In the hours prior … Continue reading