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Jun24

The Mask Series

In the summer of 2013, Shane Balkowitsch invited John Brewer and myself to participate in The Mask Series. The project, probably the largest of it’s kind, involved 101 wetplate artists from all over the world and took six years to complete. The idea...
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Jun09

‘See Me’ Exhibition, Pride 2018, Isle of Wight

John and I were so happy to be invited to participate in the IWPride Arts Festival, as part of a fabulous LGBT+ photography project called See Me, exhibited at Space 5 in East Cowes. We stayed with lovely local artist, Julie Wright and partner...
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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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Jan04

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Recently, John assisted Stephen Berkman in shooting a wet plate image for the 2016 American superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. John was assisted by Arat (Huge) Komsawadichai during...
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Nov30

Workshop Dates for 2017

Here are the dates for wetplate collodion workshops coming up in 2017. These are group workshops. If you would rather have a one to one workshop and/or a workshop tailored to your individual needs perhaps with albumen printing for example please...
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Aug29

Cyanotype Project at The Lotus Childrens Centre

During mid-August Sebnem Ugural, who John knows from E5 Darkroom in Hackney, went to Mongolia to work with children at The Lotus Childrens Centre. Lotus Children’s Centre is an official Mongolian non- governmental organisation (NGO) that currently...
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Jul30

Wetplate Workshop at Sheffield Hallam University

On the 12th and 13th of July, John was invited to teach wetplate at Sheffield Hallam University to members of staff: Michèle Lazenby, Senior Lecturer, BA HONS Photography, Media Arts; Darcy White MA, Principal Lecturer in Film and Photography; Sonya...
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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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May25

Photoshoot for ‘The Ninetree Stumblers’

John recently did a wet plate photoshoot for The Ninetree Stumblers, a three-piece band that performs vintage American music of 1920s and ’30s. The band is headed by Liam Kirby, with Ruth Gordon and Dan Weltman. Here’s what their website says...
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