Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wet Plate Collodion at the Virginia Highlands Festival

 Through generous support and interest in Abington's culture and art, Cary Street Partners invited me to the Virginia Highlands Festival. I judged a Photography show and lectured on my work in historic processes and demonstrated the Wet Plate Collodion process with the help of my new friend Bruce "Amodel"Large. Who supplied the shots of me at work.






That's Hannah behind the camera, she won the peoples choice award and dang nearly won the show, all at age 14. She's cool.
  Me on the shutter, Bruce looking real, and a modern "Photographic Van" in sunset orange, between us.
 I finished the day with a trail run in the afternoon rain.
 That happens a lot lately.
Visit southwest Virginia if you can.
By the way, its the land of O Winston Link...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Our State Magazine Host Civil War History Weekend











Our State Magazine came to town hosting a Civil War weekend with Philip Gerard leading tours, concerts and talks with Historian Dr Chris Fonvielle Jr.   I was honored to give a demo and lecture on the finer points of photography in the 1860's. A few lucky Civil War Tourist, even got their own quarter Plate Tintype to commemorate their visit to Wilmington. Thank you Roger Fish and Wayna

for the shots of me in action. It was a great pleasure to have spent the afternoon with you all. Join us next year for the 150th anniversary of the fall of Wilmington and keep reading Our State's series about the War, written by Phillip Gerard detailing some of the little known occurrences  here in NC.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Surfer's Journal 23.3, a Tintype



As a surfer myself, since 1978, it goes without saying, its a big deal when Jeff Devine calls me to
photograph Ivan, son of Buzzy Trent of Makaha. Serious big deal for me. Thank you TSJ, Alaric and most of all to
Ivan who jumped in 40 degree water for a tintype. One of my best days as a Surfer and a photographer.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Requiem in Glass , stands complete.

 After four months, of little else other than searching the land of the Cape Fear, for the shadows of the
of the war. Aside from some fine tuning, it's finished. The project stems from the urban myth of Mathew Brady's plates ending up as green house glass, which of course, there is no evidence this ever happened.



 Part of a wall, 84 8x10 inch ambrotypes-negtives, depending on how the light strikes them.
Here is a selection of plates, but as you know the beauty of an Ambrotype is when you see it with your own eyes.  All plates are from the stories and legends of the lower Cape Fear during the war years of 1861-1865 created in the winter of 2014.

 View of a rice canal at Peter Point Plantation.
 Jefferson on the river near the Chickamunga battery and wreck.
 Col.Askew and Kennedy , USCT veterans of the Battle of the Forks.



 Rose O'Neal Greenhow at the mouth of the Cape Fear River with her gold intact, the blockade run waiting for morning. Her secrets influenced the early days of the war.




A Union Monitor class ironclad at New Inlet. Four where used in the 2nd assault on Ft Fisher in January of 1865, followed by Croom's Brigade, last seen on the Forks road defenses, 1865.

Special thanks to the Cameron Art Museum, a wonderful art museum on a Civil War Battle Field. Plus they believed in me and helped this happen. And thanks to all the reenactors who make it really fun to shoot wetplate in the woods. Much more to follow.

Mark your calendars, there will be a closing gallery talk and special guest on June 1st.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sleepy Hollow tintypes -Four speak as one


 Four speak as one...

















Tintypes made for TV, in the rain, on the set of the Fox's Sleepy Hollow. For this assignment I used a modern 8x10 camera with a Civil War era lens and precise 1870's formulas for wet plate collodion. These images where used in creating props to be used in episode 109 . If your production needs period photography, I cover 1839 to modern digital photography.

Color photos by Julieanna Moore.
And do Visit my Requiem in Glass at the Cameron Art Museum.