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Collodion Wet Plate Photography - an introduction by Yvette Bessels

It's not everyday you get to learn something about a type of photography many of us have no doubt never tried before. 

This month Yvette Bessels is going to introduce us to the fascinating techniques of collodion wet plate photography. You might well have seen some of the very distinctive photographs made using this technique, and in fact, if you came to our last critique session you may well have seen one of Yvette's images there too. They're beautiful.

So aside from just learning what it is, Yvette will lead us through the techniques involved and the process that has enabled her to develop her own style - you might even be able to sniff some of the chemicals...

Yvette's originally from the Netherlands, where she studied fashion (Apprenticeship:[masked]), the arts [masked]), religions (Bachelor:[masked]) and medieval literature (Master:[masked]). She moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2008 due to her partner's work and has been moving around a lot since then. It was in Leamington Spa in 2011 that she came in contact with glass plate negatives when working for a local Art and Photography dealer and was struck by the beauty of these simple images. It would not be before 2012 when living in Sydney that she got in touch with someone shooting wet plates and not before 2013 that she bought her first wooden camera, set up a kickstarter funding project and gathered the equipment to start shooting wet plates for herself. Now living in Cambridge, she has more time and freedom to delve further into the process and develop her own style.

Should be fascinating, so see you there!

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  • Jonathan B

    Excellent introduction to the black-magic of the craft. Thanks.

    August 30, 2014

  • Owen

    Really excellent!

    August 28, 2014

  • Viviana

    HI - it looks very interesting :) how long does it usually last (just asking as i might be busy around dinner time :( but i would join this as well ) - thanks!

    August 27, 2014

    • Dom R.

      We start the talk at 8 and they usually last about 45 mins to just over an hour, but it can vary... People start arriving from around 7 and we sometimes stay until about 11. Hopefully we'll see you! We're a friendly bunch.

      August 27, 2014

  • Jonathan B

    Now this sounds good......and plenty of time to think up really hard questions ;-)

    August 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      oh no! :D

      August 23, 2014

  • Richard H.

    Alas not. Sorry, will be away that week.

    August 19, 2014

  • Anna

    Sounds fascinating but unfortunately away with work at the moment.
    Hope it goes well!

    August 19, 2014

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