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 28 november 2012

Black glass ambrotype
Hermagis petzval 420mm 4.5 wide open

zondag 25 november 2012

Nice find at fair

Today is visited a very large collecting fair in Utrecht, Holland.
I hoped to find some wet plate related things like camera's, lenses etc.
But couldn't find anything like that.
BUT, i found something extremely rare.
A beautiful small mahogany box containing a kristal glass perfume bottle and a ambrotype.
Even the original key came with it and all is in excellent shape.


maandag 19 november 2012

Fabulous book about antique French optics.

A little bump for a fantastic book.

During my last visit at Bievres i bought myself a fabulous book about antique French lenses.
This book is written by Corrado D’Agostini.
It contains almost 400 pages covered with loads of information about the most famous French optics.
Including many pictures. Names like: Berthiot, Hermagis, Darlot, Jamin etc.
You will also find many background information about the makers and technical information about the optics.
Also every documented lens has it's serialnumber published.
Unfortunately not the year of build. Pity, but you can't have it all
If you are interested in Old photographic French lenses, this is a book you need to have in your collection!
21x30x3cm !!
ISBN 88-8341-491-6

zondag 11 november 2012

Fotografica fair at Nieuwegein

Coming Sunday, november 18th, there will be the anual fotografica fair at Nieuwegein.
About 200 tables filled with all kinds of photography related stuff.
So a must for collectors etc.
I will have 2 tables filled with collodion related things.
Nothing for sale, but just to show the beauty of the collodion process.
So if you have the time, just hop by.
Open from 11:00-16:00 hours
See you coming sunday !
More information you can find at the Fotografcia website:



woensdag 7 november 2012

Fixing a 20x20" black glass ambrotype

The fixing stage of a 20x20" ambrotype i made a few days ago.
it's like unpacking a nice gift everytime again....