"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why."
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
I got a shipment of old ambrotypes today. Bought all of them in a bulk buy for $48 USD. My hope is to look into the past to help my future path in wet plate.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Here is kind of a neat thing. I have always like actor Jeff (The Dude) Bridges panoramic photographs, often shot on movie sets. Through the years I have seen his photographs in 2 or 3 photo mags. Turns out Mr. Bridges is in the Number 8 edition of Silvergrain Classics magazine and THE FAMILIES OF THE DUMP will be in edition 9 (I think!).
"Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented."
Saturday, October 17, 2020
I am a little late to the game here. THE FAMILIES OF THE DUMP photo story is in the next issue/edition of the Silvergrain Classics Magazine. I am just now learning about this wonderful 100 page book qualify like magazine now. Here’s some info:
Note* This is the international English edition of the mag. Will it make it onto magazine shelves worldwide? An international audience for the families?
The German published SilverGrains Classic magazine looks quite wonderful. Found this link last night of Markus Hofstaetter showing a copy of the magazine with his wetplate photo on the cover. THE FAMILIES OF THE DUMP will not have a cover but will be in the magazine, a beautiful thing.
Check out Markus and the mag here.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
With the coming of winter I am starting to winterize the darkroom trailer. Today I removed all vulnerable chemicals and placed them in the house. I dumped the sinks waste water tank as well.
I also made all my unopened bottles of ether into Quinn’s Quick Clear Iodizer (very long shelf life). And I used up the remaining collodion USP to make “Gerry Collodion”. The ether is now safe.
Note* I used the Indian Cadmium Bromide and the Ammonium Iodide for the first time. I hope these chemicals work!!!
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Slept a ton the last three days, probably 10-12 hours each day. Last night managed to send out the files to the next magazine publishing THE FAMILIES OF THE DUMP and tonight will work on making Iodizer. I want to safely neutralize some unopened bottles of ether I have before the snow. Iodizer (the either mixed in) can be stored safely for long periods of time. I will use the first of my new supply of Cadmium Bromide and Ammonium Iodide in this new iodizer.
Note* Ordered some LAMPBLACK powder, will try to mix that in with varnish and use it to back the clear plate ambrotypes I am making now. This is a test to see how it compares to asphaltum.