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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Wet plate collodion workshop

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do a two-day wet plate collodion workshop with the great Dale Bernstein here in Bloomington at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts. I have always been curious about the process and came into it without really any prior experience. My background was much different than the other folks in the workshop. I walked away with a great respect for everyone who is able to create beautiful images using this process. It’s incredibly hard. Really hard. I made a few images (poorly), but really loved the deliberate thought process that goes into creating each image. It’s something that can easily be lost today with digital cameras. I’d love to give it another shot again soon although it might be hard to convince my wife to keep potassium cyanide around the house with a newborn.

A bouquet of flowers is pictured during a Wet Plate Collodion Workshop at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts in Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Photo by James Brosher)
James Brosher is pictured in a self-portrait during a Wet Plate Collodion Workshop at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts in Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Photo by James Brosher)

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