Large Format Photography – Day 6 in the Netherlands

On the Sunday evening I travelled back to the Netherlands. Not only to return my mum’s car (thanks Mum!) but also to spend another day on my large format photography project. Initially I had planned to stay a few days, but as it’s Sean’s birthday tomorrow I’ll have to get back to Dusseldorf. I had written down a whole list of possible culprits for the trouble my glass plates were causing me last time which included peeling of the chemicals, lack of contrast, black spots, wavy lines, fogging, holes in the collodion, clotting in the drain corner………quite a list.

Having read a LOAD of posts on the collodion.com forum, there were a number of ways I could try and adress the issues at hand.

 

  • The peeling collodion? Clean the glass plates better. Use albumen subbing round the edges. Be careful not to sensitize the plates when still too wet, or the collodion lifts off.
  • The collodion clotting in the drain corner? Add some additional (denatured) alcohol to the collodion. Wick off the corner with a tissue/ piece of paper.
  • Flow lines in the Collodion? Work faster. Thin the collodion with some additional (denatured) alcohol. Pour more than needed – do not stop pouring until 3/4 of your plate is covered.
  • Low speed? A Quick clear collodion mixture is slower in speed. This cannot be remedied. Remember that an ambrotype is an Underexposed plass plate negative.
  • Low Contrast? The collodion is too new and needs to ripen. Add some old collodion, which is now slow, but very contrasty. It is the bromides in the mix that give contrast (iodides give speed). Make sure you are not overexposing – when developing, an image should appear in 8-10 seconds and development needs to be stopped at 15-16. If it comes up too quick, you’ve overexposed. Too slow and you’ll have underexposed. Develop too long and the image will dissapear back off the plate and go grey and grainy.
  • Fogging? You’ve developed too long. The developer is too intense. The silverbath is too alkaline – check the PH value, which should be 3 and bring it back to the correct value. Check for light leaks within your darkbox – the plate should come out completely clear without light. The collodion needs time to ripen.

 

I had already diluted my developer 1:1 with water (this should have been distilled, I used demineralised) so I can use it as a tray developer. The pouring of a little developer and rocking the plate did not seem to work out well for me. I then tested the darkbox again for light leaks and the darkbox passed fully.

Next, I cleaned a few plates extra carefully, till they were literally squeeky clean. I diluted my collodion with denatured alcohol by adding 15 ml to my 55 ml collodion. When pouring my plate I immediately noticed an improvement in flow. I managed to cover the plate more easily, with less sticking to the corners and wicking off the drip in the drain corner. The flow lines seemed a lot less obvious, wlthough I did still notice them being there – but I suppose when I’ve worked on my technique they may improve as well. I took care not to sensitize the plates too quickly, lest the collodion would let go from the plate.

 

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After sensitizing in the silver bath for 3 minutes, I exposed for a waaaaaay shorter period of time – I don’t really know why I thought I needed 2 minutes or more – and started with a 15 second shutter on F5.6 and it came out GREAT.

Plate 2 I tried with a longer shuttter speed to see the effects of a few seconds more. It was shot with a shutter of 25 seconds and developed for 1 minute in my diluted developer.

Plate 3 I coated a larger plate to practise the collodion flowing (it went well), exposed it for 20 seconds and developed for 30 seconds.

Plate 4 was an attempt at a self-portrait with gas mask, like I tried last time. Even though the exposure looks ok at 15 seconds, f5.6, the sun came through and it is slightly overexposed. Apart from that, I should have slouched a little further down on the chair!

At this point, it had been very cloudy with showers off and on. There was a massive downpour at a point mid0afternoon and I decided to continue indoors with artificial light, seeing I picked up a 2000W handheld video light 2 weeks ago on a fleamarket.

Plate 5 was shot with just a plain bulb, on 30 seconds, f5.6. I forgot to close the shutter when taking the plateholder off the camera, but there’s nothing on it.

Plate 6 I used the videolight (both bulbs = 2000W in total) for 30 seconds, f5.6. There is an image showing, but it’s not amazingly clear.

Plate 7 I used the videolight (both bulbs = 2000W) for 60 seconds, f5.6. This looks good!

Plate 8 I used the vidoelight (both bulbs = 2000W) for 40 seconds, f5.6. This looks a little underexposed, but still nice.

Plate 9 I tried to get a close-up of a rug cleaner. I used the videolight (1 bulb = 1000W) for 1 minute, which is too dark.

Plate 10 I tried again. I used the videolight (1 bulb = 1000W) for 2 minutes. There is an image showing, but it is still underexposed.

 

Shoud you be wondering what the messy white spots are on some of the edges – those are the supports on the inside of my plate holder. On my self portrait, they seemed to have been more than a little dirty and caused some silver contamination. Also: please ignore the canvas pattern going through the wet plate images, I took the snaps of them on my apron as I did not have any black paper/ velvet etc at hand.

By this time I was knackered and cleaned up my stuff, to be continued! (possibly next week!)

 

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Kunsthalle & Stadtmuseum Dusseldorf

Last Friday the 21st of June, Georgiana and myself had the whole day to ourselves as my partner Sean and her partner George were at a work-related outing and not expected to return home until after 21:00 at the earliest. We first went to the Kunsthalle, where they was a shared exhibition with the works of Henri Chopin, Channa Horwitz and Guy de Cointet and even though I am normally not a fan of minimalist, abstract works of art, some of the works on display were simply exquisite. Such detail and fine craftsmanship – and the little brochure accompanying the show did the works printed in it no justice at all. Some things need to be seen live!

The exhibition next to it featured the works of Michael Kunze and spans a couple of decades of his work. It is interesting to see the major shift in styles the artist has encountered and I initially had some trouble believing all the works came from the same hand. Some of the works are amazing, stunning, beautiful or thought-proving. Others I thought were cluttered, messy, ill-conceived or spoiled by 1-2 elements. I don’t mind being provoked by art – as anything beats being bored – but it seems that all (to me) offending works stemmed from the period of 2005-2006. Strange….. Also, there is a wide variety in sizes, the smallest being a common size of roughly 40 x 60 cm and the largest (“Morgen”) being 6 huge canvasses put together to create an image several meters across.

Both exhibitions run to the 30th of June 2013, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to see it!

 

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Next on the list was free rhubarb and gooseberry cake and coffee at the MaxHaus as I had a couple of coupons 🙂

Needless to say it tasted most excellent!

 

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As we still had half of the afternoon left, we went to the Dusseldorf Stadtmuseum. It is right around the corner from the Max Haus and again, we had coupons for free entry. We started on the first floor, where we were stopped after about 20 minutes by an overzealous employee, asking for our tickets (we were LITERALLY the only ones there) and if we would stow our bags. I refused, mine just being a small handbag, after which she continued to explain in rapid German that we needed to be very very careful as the bags may easily damage some of the works on display. *Sigh* Fiiiiine, we’ll promise to be careful. I normally don’t go to a museum intending to damage anything, thank you very much. Then, she pointed out that we were in the wrong section completely and needed to start downstairs as that’s where the older items are, and we were now nearly in the present. We told her we didn’t care much for the ‘correct’ order after which she frowned but otherwise left us alone, occasionally ‘casually’ passing by to check on us.

 

 

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KIT (Kunst im Tunnnel)

On the Wednesday, Georgiana and myself went to the current exhibit of KIT (Kunst im Tunnel) in Dusseldorf. For some reason, and I have no idea where this idea came from, I thought the KIT Tunnel would go underneath the Rhine for quite a stretch. But it was nothing of the sort. Yes, It’s a bit of tunnel. Yes, it’s not small. I don’t think it actually goes under the Rhine as it would not be deep enough, but I could be wrong.

We went in and the current exhibit turned out the be centered around the theme ‘Brasil’

 

There were  not may art pieces on display. The video work by Tatiana Blass – “Half of the speech on the Ground; Deaf Piano” was very impressive and more than a little bit sad. The video (roughly 10 minutes) features a pianist playing a piece by Chopin on a concert piano whilst two men in turn pour a mixture of molten wax and vaseline into the body of the piano. The sound slowly gets distorted, the pianist has a harder time playing, until, finally, the piano is silenced forever. Piano torture in true form, symbolizing the loss of voice, the inability to speak and words being cut off.

A sculpture of hers, cerco #4 was imbued with a sense of movement, whilst at the same time, the bronzed dead pheasant within a prison of sorts, was not going anywhere in a hurry. A nice contrast that stirs emotions of unease.

The drawings/ photographs by Mauricio Lanes – ‘Progresso” were beautifully executed. A simple yet elegant idea where the artist formed the word Progresso on the floor in graphite powder and left it up the audience to do with it as they pleased, all the while taking still images from the ceiling. These images where then transformed and arranged on the wall as the installation shows.

The other video work on display, also featured among our favorites and we watched the full loop twice. “Bronze Revirado”  by Pablo Lobato shows young lads ringing the local church (?) bell, swinging it round and round ever faster, making their movements of swinging, pulling and avoiding a devastation blow from the edge of the bronze bell into a dance of sorts. The images are hypnotic, simple yet entertaining as you see a young generation engaging into this mixture of ritual and play.

The images from “education for adults” by Jonathas de Andrade were based on the simple word-cards that children use(d) in school all over the world. Myself included, being from the Netherlands and raised in the 80’s, know this system as well as many of you. The images are supposed to convey a timeless vision of Brasil as the concepts were taken from talks with a women analfabetic group over a months time – and in some of the images were could agree, where some seemed positively dated. They did provide us with quite a lot of viewing material and quite a bit of amusement as most the images as executed well and can be interpreted in various ways.

Even though the selection of works on display was not vast, there is always that one thing you don’t quite ‘get’ . For us it was the work of Marcelo Cidade who, in his metal sculptures tried to convey a sense of movement, of trickery of the eye and a notion of uselessness. Something that seems rubbery is actually metal. What seems light and casual is actually solid. I did half understand his ” e Agora, Jose?” yellow bands over wooden sawhorses, The black block plate on the floor was a little less impressive (sorry, no image).

The last work I will comment on was Matheus Rocha Pitta – “Die Abnahme”, at least, that’s what we think it was. the floor plan was a little unclear about the work in the central little space, and the brochure with information about the artists and works told us nothing about it. What it seemed to be was a random display with supermarket products, some opened or half-eaten and, due to the lack of explanation of the artists’  motivation, we missed the point completely.

 

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Dusseldorf: Barbarossa’s Imperial Palace & Medieval walled city Zons

Last Sunday (yes, almost a week ago – I have some blogging to catch up on!) Sean and I went to the location where once stood Barbarossa’s Imperial Palace, which is only about a 20 minute drive north from Dusseldorf city center. It was a bright and beautiful day so we were not surprised there were quite a few people about. The remains are not vast, but beautiful even though they have been restored and destroyed, restored and destroyed by many historical events – and then restored again to an inch of its life to represent it in its present form.  The few carved stones they have about are impressive but again, I wonder how much restoration has gone into them for the lettering was in too perfect condition to be believable as-is.

 

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We went into the small town near it to stumble upon a flea market. We found nothing good so we just had ice cream instead.

 

Then, we drove onwards to Zons, which is a medieval walled city to the south of Dusseldorf. It took us roughly 35 minutes to get there from Barbarossa’s palace. We managed to find a parking spot and walked in. The city is small (more like a village) but well preserved and the towers, gate and double defense wall around it were a pleasure to behold. We climbed the mill for the nominal fee of 1 euro to enjoy the views. After that, a walk through and around the town, which all in all took less than an hour. Yes, the place is that small. Finding the statue of the chain-mail and plate clad Bishop was a nice little surprise. The town is pretty with lots of little place to eat and drink – and they had an open-air theater show going on. All and all well worth the visit, although I do not how easily it could be reached by public transportation.

 

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Large Format Photography – Day 4 & 5 in the Netherlands

Unfortunately, the weather was actually not good enough on the Thursday to be able to make photographs. The skies had been grey for a while, but towards the afternoon it started pouring! I decided to wait until Friday to continue the wet plate photography and focus instead on cutting additional pieces of glass and do other preparatory work, such as further light-proofing the dark box and adjusting the dark box stand to make it more sturdy. I adjusted the developer by diluting it 1:1

 

On the Friday, I set up and started work. The first plate I took was another light test and it was looking a lot better this time. The second plate, a candle, came up, be it a bit vague. The third plate, a self-portrait was the same. Then, I tried a white subject on a dark background (a coffee pot) and then the same subject on a lighter background. I had a few mistakes in between – double collodion coating, not closing the dark slide when taking the plate holder off the camera, the plate holder dropping and the holder opening, exposing the plate…..All images had been taken on f5.6 at 2-3 minutes shutter.

 

The last plate I tried on a wasp ball that I found in Dusseldorf a few weeks ago. Considering the subject is brown and will therefore show up darker on the plate, I extended exposure by doubling it to 4 minutes on f5.6. Also, I changed the collodion by using another bottle (one that was full, instead of the half-full one that contained the last strained off remains from the batch I mixed up. This last image showed up very well indeed!

 

Some of the problems I encountered today were: very slow emulsion speeds, lack of definition in the image, peeling of the emulsion layer off the glass plate (maybe due to tray developing?), runny images/ uneven developing when not tray developing, collodion too sticky and not running across the plate well and spots on the developed plate (the silver needed filtering).

 

Hopefully, I can find the answers to most of these issues in the next week as I’m off to Dusseldorf again!

 

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Large Format Photography – Day 2 & 3 in the Netherlands

On the Monday night I hardly managed to get any sleep somehow – I shall blame it on the huge list of things-to-do on my list!

After getting up at silly-O-clock (6:00) I check on my collodion mixture – and it looks good! I pour a little on the ends of some narrow-cut plates so I can leave those in the silver bath jar overnight.

 

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My mum and I went on an epic shopping round through the area, visiting 6 second-hand shops to find things I still needed for this project. Remember – I may be sponsored but I am on a budget! Let’s make that buck go further! This time, I found a good glass bowl, wisk, ‘plate fryer’ aka BBQ utensil, coffee filter, small bottles with screwcap (these are actually baby bottles and they are a fantastic size! Don’t mix them up with the one for the baby though…) and a drying rack.

So having gotten these items, I decant the collodion mixture into 3 of these 300 ml bottles (2 full, 1 to about 1/3rd). I mixed up the egg whites and ammonium iodine to create albumen that will form the base for my dry plates. The eggs fizzed up amazingly quick but the scummy texture of the whites is kinda apaling after it has been sitting around for the required few hours. I also decanted this into the 300 ml baby bottles.

 

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Next, I was on to deburring some glass. After all, I intend to use those plates and would not like to cut myself. I put a large flat wetstone (available from DIY shops or like I did, a sports shop. They use them for deburring ice skates) in a tray to catch the water and grit coming off the plates. It makes a lot of noise doing this, so I recommend you not doing it too early or late at night.

 

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Having a few safe glass plates, I clean them and coat them with the albumen. Then I try ‘baking’ them using a hotplate. The first plate slips through the wires of the ‘plate baking tray’ and falls crashing to the ground. I am more careful with the others. It takes forever for the plates to dry and since by this time it’s getting dark, the mosquitos are very annoying and what’s worse: distracting. I call it a night and whilst I am clearing away my things, I leave two of the plates unattended on the hotplate for about 5 minutes, resulting in a crack and a full break. Right, lesson learned.

 

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The next day, I gather a few things from the hardware store – I need to reinforce the stand for my darkbox with some chains (something I have not gotten round to but should seem fairly important) and I got a ground cover to make sure I don’t leak any Silver mixture onto my Mum’s garden tiles. I cut some additional pieces of glass as my test pieces are running out quickly – from the sheet I used I only destroyed about 1/10th of it, as most cuts were straight and clean and snapped cleanly. I bet I could get good at it over time!

 

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I made a second attempt at coating some glass with the albumen mixture from yesterday – the baking over the hotplate is so-so at best as I obviously cannot trust it not to break my glass plates if I leave it unattended, and it takes roughly 5 -10 minutes for each plate to dry sufficiently to put it away on a drying rack.

I simply do not have the patience to sit and ‘bake’ several plates like this, it would take almost 2 hours to do a batch of 10! For now, I have done about 6, enough to run a few tests on tomorrow or Friday.

 

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By this time, the weather was still a fairly dark grey, as it had been since late morning and I was getting fairly confident it might not rain after all until the evening. My camera had been stored on the attic so I dragged it downstairs (it is just as heavy as it looks) and set it up outside, on the ground cover -obviously- and next to the darkbox.

 

After hauling out all the chemicals and setting up the work space I was ready to take my first test shot on wet plate.

 

I picked a subject from the garden – a tabacco plant – and focussed on it. I soon noticed that *duh* it will never stand really still due to the wind speeds on this particular day. I put a stepladder behind it, and tied the plant to the ladder, minimising movement. Apparently it wasn’t enough, as my exposure of 30 seconds (too short), the movement of the plant (minimal but too much when doing a close-up) and piss-pooor pouring techniques resulted in a fine failure. Also, I somehow thought it would be a great idea to pour your collodion base inside the darkroom, hardly being able to see a thing, and to forget proper procedure for all of the steps after exposure. *Don’t panic now, it’s your first go*

I changed the subject, re-focussed the camera, coated another plate – outside the darkbox this time – sensitized it, exposed it for 2 minutes and developed. The image came up hard a strong and stupid me – the mixture didn’t flow nice and even over the plate – I addded more. This plate ceratinly looks creative, even though it is hardly recognisable for what it is supposed to be. A faint outline of the steps and candle are visible, however and I am delighted to be able to see my chemcials mixtures actually working.

Having two plates with some obvious flaws from my side, I cannot help but think that ‘yes these flaws are big, but there is so much distortion going on, there must be other issues at hand’.  A quick google search and a single trip to a wet plate photography forum brought me some helpful answers: I can dilute the developer 1:1, try using tray developing instead of a pouring method and there might be light leaks in my darkbox. Damn.

Yes, I did notice it not being fantastically dark in my darkbox at all times, me naievely thinking it might not hit the plates so badly. WRONG! The third plate I took today was my safelight test – or lack thereof. I coated a plate, put it in the silver bath, took it out, waited about 20 seconds and then developed it. There was a HUGE light stain on the little glass piece! Needless to say, I have taken some time to re-asses my darkbox and added some apparently much needed bits of tape to the sides and the entrance, which is now a fair bit smaller than before. Hopefully the weather will be good enough to try again tomorrow!

 

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Large Format Photography – Day 1 in the Netherlands

I got up early this morning, fresh and ready to mix up those chemicals. I have been living up to this week for a while now and was well excited to get going. I gathered my things outside to start mixing as you should only work with chemicals in a well ventilated space, and which space is better ventilated than outdoors? Luckily, the weather was warm yet cloudy without too much wind.

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I started measuring and mixing the ingredients for the wet plate collodion – I decided on trying John Coffin’s Poe Boy (Or Poor Boy) recipe as it does not require the use of ether – and managed to make some massive mistakes from the get-go.

 

240 ml plain collodion USP (RIGID USP 4%)

300 ml denatured alcohol

6 ml distilled water

3 grams potassium bromide

5 grams potassium iodide

 

I took a large (1.5 l-ish) clear glass container to mix up the batch in but measured out my collodion in a plastic measure. Doing this ruined the measure as the sides clouded over and I scratched a layer of the set collodion from the sides. Therefore: USE GLASS WHEN WORKING WITH COLLODION! I poured this into the large container anyway and added the destilled water. So far so good.

Then I started measuring out the potassion bromide and iodide to dissolve in water. First, I accidentally started with the iodide instead of the bromide. Now, I don’t know if this is a huge mistake to reverse the order, but reversing the order in my case meant I picked up the wrong container and used the wrong amount of potassium iodide. *Sigh*

I started again,  making sure to grab the correct chemical this time and put 3 ml water with it. It dissolves a little. I put the iodide with it. It does nothing. I stir. It does nothing. I take a larger glass container to heat the mixture au bain marie, nothing happens!! Then I figure out a little later than my measurements were WAY off, thanks to my antique scales without a proper container on top, and me reading the wrong numbers from the side of it. *Double sigh*

So I put this stuff away, trying again. Three times lucky, right? And whaddayaknow, both powders dissolve withut a fuss and I manage to add it to the collodion. I have covered it with a rubber gloves as it /fit perfectly and it seemed somehow wrong to just leave it open and have put it away for now to settle in our cool, dark shed, but it should be ready for use in 1-3 days.

 

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silver bath

 

 

Mixing up the Silver Bath was little more than measuring out the 38 grams of Silver Nitrate and adding it to 400 ml of distilled water. It took me about 4 shakes for the crystals to be completely dissolved – let’s hope I’ve not been cheated by the Ebay seller that sold me these!

Filter it through a coffee filter of similar and leave a coated plate in it overnight for it be be fully functional.

 

 

 

 

Then, I mixed up the developer. The developer does not need to be made several days in advance, I just thought I would mix everything up whilst I had the chemicals out.

 

100 ml distilled water

4 grams ferrous sulfate

6 m glacial acetic acid

4 ml (grain) alcohol – I substituted for denatured alcohol

Ferrous Sulfate

 

Measuring out the ingredients for this mixture, I also managed to make the same mistake using those old scales, taking the wrong measurements and I had to redo the mixture once.

Luckily for me, I made the faulty batch in a flawed bottle, which turned out wouldn’t close properly, so both are out the door. I took all ingredients for the developer and poured them together into the container, in the order as mentioned.

 

 

 

Gum Sanderac Varnish mix Gum Sanderac Varnish mix

Mixing up the ingredients for the Gum Sanderac Varnish was easy, putting 32 grams of Gum Sanderac in a Brown Glass Jar, adding 220 ml of Grain Alcohol, closing the jar and shaking it.

I’ll have to do this off and on for the next few days in order to dissolve the gum sanderac into the alcohol, before finishing off the remainder of the recipe using 22ml of Lavender Oil and 4 ml of distilled water.

 

 

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Dusseldorf: Hetjens-Museum / Deutsches Keramikmuseum

Yesterday, Georgiana and myself went to the local Ceramics-museum. I had a coupon, so entry was free for both of us. Being a very warm and beautiful sunny afternoon, we had the entire place to ourselves! Although Georgiana seemed a little disappointed that the museum’s collection didn’t hold much modern design or many innovative pieces, I quite liked some of the historical items on display.

 

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Normally I do not hold a great fascination for ceramics, apart from that I seem to be buying flowerpots and vases everywhere and I don’t even have my own balcony, garden or ever buy or receive flowers!I was pleasantly surprised at some of the items – there were a few to provide me with inspiration and even one or two to add to a personal shopping list. I wouldn’t mind owning a pair of porcelain containers like the ones from the dinner service Magnolia, designed by Fance Franck for the ‘Dansk International’ (1983/ 84)

 

Afterwards we went for ice cream and little R&R in front of one the museums nearby. Apparently they are nice enough to put sun loungers outside around the fountain when it’s warm enough 🙂

Let’s hope the great weather keeps up as I’m traveling to the Netherlands this Sunday to finally start mixing those chemicals and start wet plate shooting!

 

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June update: Germany, Photo collections and Sales

Hi everyone! It’s been a few weeks now in Germany and the language thing is starting to come along. I can now figure out what people say most of the time, and replying seemingly appropriate without just giving them a blank stare. On the occasion where the weather was nice enough for us to venture out, we went to the Japan Day (last week on Saturday) which was fun with the many hundreds if not thousands of cos players, but very VERY crowded – images to follow when the film has been developed! We visited the Film Museum (on a free entry coupon), which was unexpectedly good, as well as the Aquazoo 2 weeks ago (again, on a coupon), where especially their fish tank installations were fantastic to behold.

The latest venture this weekend was going to the Dusseldorf Town Hall to see the show “Ehring gehts ins Konzert” and yes, it was just as middle-aged as the title makes it sound (and AGAIN on a free entry coupon!). It was a classical concert revolving around baroque themes, led by renowned violinist  Daniel Hope – and old as it made me feel – it was amazing! Now I’m no great expert when it comes to classical music, and I wouldn’t be surprised if all the pieces they played are actually well-known masterpieces – and I recognized just one – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Winter.

In other news I have finally met someone here to hang out with: Georgiana, a lovely Romanian girl that lives in our building with her partner, who also works at Ubisoft Bluebyte. I managed to visit a few markets and found some secondhand shops around town and bought myself some photos – which was very exciting – as I found a few to add to my personal collection. My aim is to get a good quality example of every single photographic process in history, and even though I’m not yet sure all images I own are ‘ good quality’, I do have examples of most processes by now. Most of them are currently being held in storage with the rest of our household goods and I hope to have them with me again soon.

These are the images I found to add to my collection, mostly carte-de-visites and a cabinet card or two. The Early Round Kodak prints were a bonus since I had been trying to win one off Ebay for a while before giving up and forgetting about them for a while. The celluloid negatives I found were pretty damaged and the images themselves are not very noteworthy. I will replace them as soon as I have a chance.

 

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Which now leads me to tell you I have some images I am selling on Ebay at the moment, and if all goes well, I’ll be putting up some new items here every now and again and my collections grows and shifts.

You can find me as seller Bessels1980, feel free to contact me if you see an item you’d like to buy. Postage can often be adjusted if you live closer by or even in Germany!

 

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Some of the images on sale this week (all within the USA sale):

 

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And finally – I have just heard that my Collodion has FINALLY arrived so I will be planning a trip to the Netherlands to work on my wet / dry plate photography! Exciting times!!