Wet plate collodion Christmas portrait

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This was the other awesome part of my weekend. Eadaoin brought me down to Enniskerry in Co. Wicklow on Saturday to see Powerscourt. As we weren’t in any particular rush, we wandered in and out of shops around the village. The village is a tourist trap that attracts the Bohemian style of vendor. The dozen shops on the square house a dozen different artists: there are cluttered antique stores, candle makers, booksellers, potters, painters and photographers in a row one after the other.

Monika Fabijanczyk is housed upstairs in a small gallery-potter-bookseller. On Saturday Monika had an offer of a wet plate collodion portrait with a large-format camera for €55. I regret that I never took any really nice photographs of Caira, Garrett and I together, Eadaoin was on hand and I am notoriously impulsive, so I jumped at the chance to do this. Monika was wonderful. She talked us through the process and even took us into her darkroom to show us the development after the image was snapped.

The final picture is beautiful, ethereal and unique and easily worth the cost. It looks simply gorgeous on felt and will hopefully be mounted in time for Christmas.

Wet plate collodion development



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