A Brief Summary

While this portion of the site is in development, here is a summary of my specialist analogue processes.

* Wet Plate Collodion (1851) is a pioneering black and white alternative process, which I employ with high-powered lighting for instantaneous exposures. The photographic material is coated, sensitised, exposed and developed within fifteen minutes, necessitating a portable darkbox. This produces a 4x5” or 8x10” tangible photograph called a tintype when made on sheet metal, or an ambrotype on glass, with the image ingrained in silver; boasting unrivalled clarity and tone.

* Silver Gelatin Dry Plate (1871) are sheets of glass hand coated in a fine grained, black and white orthochromatic emulsion, prior to a shoot. An exposure is made directly onto the glass, creating a distinctly detailed negative in 4x5” & 8x10” formats. From these I then make contact prints, using an enlarger for traditional and alternative hand printing, for beautifully unique, indelible prints.

* Sheet and Roll Film (1889) are emulsion coated pieces of celluloid, in both colour and black and white. Though roll film is more commonplace, large format sheet film is far more esoteric and masterful - which is my prime forte. The large surface area offers superlative detail and supreme resolution. I develop my film stocks in my own darkroom and also use a trusted professional lab. I have a collection of highly sought after stock of treasured emulsions and long out of production ’grail’ films, in 4x5”, 8x10” and 6x17cm formats.

* Integral Film (1972) or ‘peel-apart packfilm’ create a colour or black and white 4x5” negative and a single, positive dye print simultaneously after each exposure. This film is fabled, with its material rare and sought after in recent years. Beloved for the stand-out quality of its duality, I have a large quantity cold stored, ready for use in a notable project.

Each process creates original, one of a kind photographs. An erudite hand and eye are requisites for the dedication and precision required to utilise them. These methods are the means that define the end result. The methodical approach emphasises the value of the subject by way of the respected craftsmanship behind the making of the photograph.