collodion

Jul24

Toyo Metal Field 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ Sakai Special Camera

Recently I bought a Toyo Metal Field 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ (half plate) camera manufactured by Sakai Special Camera Manufacturing Co. These cameras were made between 1963 and 1975 and are lightweight considering they are of full metal construction,...
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Jan30

Adventures in Hand Tinting Wet Collodion Images at Rabbit Hole Studios

By Kate Horsley Brewer and Martina Jones We’ve recently been conducting some experiments into the art of hand-tinting wet collodion plates at Rabbit Hole Studios. These began by setting up a still life, pictured below, of which we took a number...
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Oct15

New Studio Space

As of October, the Victorian Photographer is sharing new studio space in Compstall with Rabbit Hole Studios, a photographic partnership run and owned by Martina Jones and Lewis David Oldham. Martina works in a commercial interior design studio and has...
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May24

Lomography – Wetplate experiments with the new Lomo Daguerreotype Lens

Earlier in the month, John was contacted by Lomography, the Lomo Camera Company’s online magazine to trial their new Daguerreotype lens. You can read the interview and see some images here.
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Apr30

Exhibition at Dimbola Lodge

Friday 15th April saw the private viewing of John’s exhibition ‘In Search of Lost Time’. The plates were exhibited in The Charles Hay Cameron Gallery at Dimbola Lodge, the ancestral home of Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the 19th...
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Oct24

Q & A with Nicky Thompson

John first met Nicky Thompson at his Manchester studio in 2012 where Nicky was learning the wetplate collodion process. Here is an interview he did with her about her most recent project: What inspired you to do this project? I love wet collodion...
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Jun22

A Haunting at Beckley Park

We had a great time doing a little spirit photography for a short ghost film being made at Beckley Park, Oxfordshire. As soon as we arrived at Beckley (“first enclosed”, Wikipedia tells us, “in the 12th century from land held by Roger...
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Apr14

Prospectuses for University Campus Suffolk at Ipswich

John has been shooting wet plate portraits for the covers of the Undergraduate, International and Postgraduate prospectuses for University Campus Suffolk at Ipswich. From the University’s website: Behind the cover For the 2016 undergraduate prospectus...
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Mar06

Royal Photographic Society Journal Article

Back in January, journalist Helen Clifton came to our studio in Manchester so that John could teach her how to make an albumen print from a wetplate negative. The idea of the day was to recreate an image by Julia Margaret Cameron for an article for...
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Dec09

John’s Shutter Hub Blog

The following blog entry was originally featured on Shutter Hub as part of a blog series written by artists involved in the Alternative Process exhibition currently running at The Engine Room in Mossley, Manchester.  INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BREWER Who are...
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