My friend Kristen Hatgi asked me to come pose for a one-day wet plate (collodion) class she was teaching at AIB. I love her photography and was so excited to do so! Above is one of the collodion photos she took of me. Wet plate/collodion is an amazing process. If I had the time, I'd learn it myself. It reminds me of when I made a pinhole camera in high school - the light develops the image instantly onto a surface. In the case of collodion, a sheet of tin metal. Ok, maybe it's not as instant as a pinhole (with wet plate you do have to place it in developing chemicals as with regular photography!), but it still went much faster than my 11th grade darkroom days.
This is (my favorite part of) a collodion by Liz Affa, one of the students in the class (she had awesome ideas and I loved posing for her!).
My friend Molly was also in the class, and here is a collodion of us! Kate said this reminded her of The Grapes of Wrath (I love that book, so I loved hearing that - Rosasharn is one of my favorite heroines of all time! My high school friend and I wanted to start a band and name it Rosasharn), and I agree - we look dirty like we were in a dust bowl.
Liz drying the globe collodion on a heater.
For the occasion, I wore this beautiful orange dress I got from the lovely Veronica of Decades of Baltimore!
I hope you're all having an excellent week! I like the weather lately.