The collodion process or wet plate collodion, developed in about 1850, replaced the first reliable photographic process, the daguerreotype.
The making of wet plate collodion images is a painstaking process that requires the photographer to prepare the medium, expose it and develop it in situ.
Wet plate renders images as romantically spooky time travelers.
It is a fragile process. I like to work with it because it emphasizes the fragility of my subjects.
Also a lot of chemicals accidents happened and are, according to me, very interesting and very beautiful on the pictures. It is often a perfect way to show sensitivity, or pain, the wounded ones or the vulnerable ones.
As it is a slow process, it is perfect to indicate things have a materiality through long exposures as in my series about music instrument (see « Cello »). It is a magical door to a world of poetry and dreams. ( see « the dreamers » ). An opening to be able to say with images a lot about the beauty of life and of human nature in a fascinating but very challenging world . (see « Denial » ).
HP indigo prints are available, signed and dry stamped – 20 copy of each numbered and only 17 for sale and sent with one artist proof. – frame size 30×40 or 40×50 – Wet plate originals are not for sale. For additional information, special requests & current print prices: (+33) 06 12 37 29 57 Mel@niefrey.com