I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.

This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.


For my website please visit : www.alextimmermans.com

Alex Timmermans
Holland


"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"

zondag 19 april 2015

"Spring cleaning..."

As you  most likely already know my head is always filled with crazy ideas.
Ideas is one, but making a plate out of it is a always a challenge itself
Problem always is to find the suitable location, the right props etc.
And of course I need the best weather.
Not to warm and cloudy....

This time I wanted to make a plate using a vacuum cleaner to expose the re-birth of Spring.
After searching for two days for a good location I finally ended up using the garden
of a good friend of mine, Johan Verhulst.
A huge garden with some amazing big trees and ofcourse enough
leaves which I needed for this plate.
Making this plate took us half a day and just after we finished it started raining.
So we had some luck during that day.
Digital pictures made by Johan Verhulst and Ferry van der Vliet.
11 x11" tintype
Dallmeyer 3a petzval wide open at f4
exposure time 2 seconds











maandag 6 april 2015

ECW 2015

Also this year there will be a European Collodion Weekend which
will be open for public on Sunday May 10th 2015.
 
So if you want to meet some of the best wet platers and
see their skills just pay us a visit.
 
Open from 12:00 till 17:00 hours.
Free entrance and free parking

woensdag 18 februari 2015

The making of The rain maker

During past few weeks I have been working on a new picture I had in mind.
This time I already knew the title:  "The rain maker"
 
I discovered a beautiful antique green house which was flooded at that moment.
So I asked for permission to use it for my idea and the owner agreed.
 
I made some clouds and wanted to see these clouds really pour rain during the shoot.
So I had to make a construction of tubes and hoses to make that work.
 
The first shoot wasn't a succs.
The weather conditions weren't good and somehow the plate wasn't interesting enough.
 
During the second shoot everything worked out just perfect.
Here you can see the actual picture and some pictures
made by Henk peters showing HOW it was made.
The final picture: "The rain maker...."
 

Short video of the making of:

Video The rain maker


 
 















woensdag 21 januari 2015

Expanding the life span of your developer

I know, it was about time posting something new on my blog.
A lot of things happened in the past few months.
Some great gallery shows, new studio etc. But that I will keep for my next blogs.
In the meantime I ran a quick test how to expand the life span of my developer.
It's nothing new that you can't store your developer for ever.
On the long term, depending on the light and temperature, it will darken and won't function anymore as it should be.
In the old days I stored my chemicals in those "collapsible" bottles.
But the downside was that they weren't transparent. So you weren't able to see how it looked like
So I ran a test using the "Vacuvin" plugs. Every wine lover now knows what I am talking about.
These plugs are being used to suck out the oxygen of a wine bottle which makes you able to store it a little longer after the bottle was opened.
I did the same with 2 bottles of developer.
One was stored with the Vacuvin plug and the other just with a normal plug.
Both bottles were filled with fresh developer and stored in front of a window, directly into the sun
and above the central heating for about 2 weeks.
As you can clearly see the right bottle became more yellow already after a few days.
The left bottle (with the Vacuvin plug) remained at almost the same color.
So this is a very easy way to extend the life span of your developer in a rather cheap way.


P.s. running the same test with a collodion mix now.
and ofcourse not placed above the central heating or in the direct sun.... lol