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

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

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


vrijdag 21 november 2014

How does a petzval lens looks like?

Every  now and then I receive questions about petzval lenses.
How does a petzval lens looks like, how the glass should be mounted, etc.
So I made this short video which shows you the inside of a petzval lens
and how the glass parts should be mounted.

For video click HERE


donderdag 23 oktober 2014

This is a new Video made by Patrice Lesueur. 
He acompannied me in the past few months during several wet plate shoots.
It gives you an insight how this process works behind the scenes.


vrijdag 3 oktober 2014

The making of " Icarus....."

Idea's can pop up in my mind but stay there for months.
This was one of those.
I made this picture in my mind already a dozen times before and now it is ready
it's not exactly what I was expecting.

It's not a bad plate but still not exactly what I am looking for.
Actually this plate got by far the most likes and has been shared hundreds of times.
So in the coming weeks I will have a remake of this one.
Thanks to Patrice for the digital files!
26x26cm Tintype
Hermagis 12"f 4.5 petzval
Exposure time was 20 seconds.