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 24 juni 2015

The book of Alternative Photographic Proceses by Christopher James.

Recently I received the new book by Christopher James:  
"The Book of Alternative photogrpahic Processes (third edition)".

My first reaction was:  "wow, it's like holding an old-fashioned phone again"
Apart from the index, preface, etc. 847 pages are filled with extremely detailed
information about aternatieve photographic processes.
Printed on nice white glossy paper and  complemented with
beautiful pictures of specialists from all over the world.
Total weight: 2.3 kilo!!!

If I just limit myself to the collodion process than alone there are 73 pages filled with
a tremendous amount of information about this wonderful process.
Think of the necessary formulas, chemicals, hardware, how to handle. etc.etc.
More information than in any other wet plate manual you can buy!
This book is a must for every photographer who loves to experiment
with the most beautiful ancient photographic processes

This wonderful book is on sale for a price of around 70 usd, and that's worth it every penny.
You can order it from Amazon but the little bookstore around the corner would also
like to order it for you  and doing that you will also support the small shopkeeper....

The book next to a already thick magazine

73 pages filled with information about the wet plate process.

The needed ISBN number forordering it at your local bookstore.....


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