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Wet Plate Collodion Photography
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Nick Olson
Cedarburg , Wisconsin - United States
Photography - Other/Misc.

At this moment in time, I am a recent graduate of Lawrence University and now a wisconsin based artist. During my time at Lawrence and a summer spent as John Coffer's assistant I learned the art of wet plate collodion photography, a nineteenth century process.

I use alternative photographic methods to express my views on time and change created by the passage of time. I use such processes because I am dissatisfied with the digital medium. The digital medium is now the dominant photographic medium of contemporary society because of its speed, and ability to mass reproduce an single image, creating an exact likeness of the world over and over. My interests are exactly the opposite of these; my work is aimed at creating unique objects, which create a new perspective on the subject, and being involved in the process of creation. By creating an image that is different than the normal mode of seeing, I allow the viewer an opportunity to think and reevaluate their thoughts and beliefs.

phone: 262-689-9058
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The Wet Plate Collodion Process
The process is essential to the creation of these images and how they turn out. I am using the wet plate collodion process. With this process I can make ambrotypes, glass negatives, and tintypes. So far on this site I am showing prints from the glass negatives and some Tintypes.

The process is important to me, because it forces me to slow down and contemplate the subject which I am photographing, this can be both landscape and portraits. With the process I must use large format cameras, usually an 8x10. I also mix the chemicals on site in a dark box. Because the process is so primitive and laborious I must decide ahead of time what to photograph and how to compose it to create a piece of most impact. This technique is greatly different than the digital medium in which people just point and shoot at random hoping that if they take a million pictures one of them is going to come out good. I find this doesn't always work, and with this process I invest time and effort into one photograph and I get one good photograph!

I wonder how many better photos there would be if people thought more about what they were shooting, instead of being trigger happy???

Romance Cliff - Wet Plate Collodion Negative(print) - 25"x35" - $400

Melissa Harris
2013-08-18 21:20:36
I must say you are now my fav. I have always had a thing for old school. Vary impressed.
Jennifer Paul
2009-11-04 16:50:30
Really impressive work! You create a lot of emotion with your developing techniques in these prints.
Love to see more of your work -
Printing photos by hand is becoming a lost art it seems - happy to see your originality!

2008-10-13 08:26:55
Gorgeous, I especially love the anonymous portraits
Chuck Staley
2008-09-19 17:15:53
BTW, Nice Work!

Celeste Nelms
2008-09-18 11:09:35
Nick, Beautiful work as well.
No, I do not manipulate my prints, (toned GSP)
I am in Wisconsin too. Maiden Rock on Lake Pepin.
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