The first Dutch Collodion Day is history and it was a great event. Many thanks to Jeroen and his parents for hosting this and to everyone joining the party.
We arrived a bit after 1 and after some coffee started setting up the darkbox etc. Most people were already present and set up. Lots of cameras, lenses, tripods, darkboxes and plates to fill up the garden, the latter being worth of closer inspection on its own with all the plants, flowers and herbs.
When I started I had some issues with veil (or fogging, or scumming, whatever one wants to call it) and when Jeroen told me that it was the developer acting because of the high temperature he advised to dilute it with water 50/50. So I did and gone the veil was! I made a very satisfying plate of a lily. I’ll post those in a separate post later on.
After we made some plates until about 4:30 we cleaned everything up and when for the BBQ. Yummy yummy! Jeroen’s dad thought it to be great to start out with some champagne and right he was about that! We had a great day and evening, learned some and just had fun so worth repeating again next year (or next weekend for that matter ;-)) On to some more photos, made with an iPhone, forgot my real digital camera so this’ll have to do!
I wish I lived on your side of the pond. You guys seem to have all the fun, haha!
Haha, it was fun for sure! First some collodion-coolness and then on to the food, wine and chatter 😉
Hi Indra! I just discovered your blog and I doubt I’ll be sleeping much tonight (in other words, I love it and find everything very inspiring and intruiging)! Anyway, I am 21 years old and in 2 days I have an interview here in London (I am originally from Slovenia) for a Fine Art Photography course starting in September. I want to start with this technique as well. I know this is extremely random and totally out of the blue, but, how did you start? I mean, I did some research and I find everything so…closed, as if it was always passed from someone to someone etc.. As I have no one to talk to about this I dont even know where to (so basic, but yes) buy the camera or any other thing… Is it a hard ‘area’ to get into? I am sorry for all the questions, but, I am quite sure that tis is so far one of my biggest wishes to do in my life! Thank you!x
Sorry for my rather late response; I’ve been quite busy lately.
I hope you enjoyed the starting of your course in London and great you’re interested in this process. There’s actually a lot of information to be found on this subject. Check this out: http://www.collodion.com/forum
I found this process when seeing a film of Quinn Jacobson online via Youtube. I got intrigued and started gathering information on the process and chemicals being used. I also followed a 2-day workshop and then I got started at home.
It’s a manageable process but I do want to tell you to not take the chemicals lightly. Probably very harmful stuff in your kitchen sink too but be very careful, read and follow instructions on how to handle and store chemicals properly, work clean always, wear protection etc. If you do; you’ll be fine.
Oh, and follow a workshop when you can. There are people all over the world doing this process and do not mind sharing their information. A workshop shows you how everything gets handled and you’ll feel a lot more confident about doing it yourself; at least I did.
Anyway, good luck and if you have any questions I’ll try to answer them as soon as possible 😉
it must have a very happy day. i like you comfortable darkroom.
Thank you! I’m very happy with it myself; it works very good.