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Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Wet Plate Talk and Menschenbilder Exhibition in Judenburg

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Letzte Woche war ich bei der tollen Menschenbildereröffnung in Judenburg dabei. Außerdem hielt ich gleich zwei Vorträge über den Kollodium-Nassplattenprozess und über meine Herangehensweise beim Porträtieren mit diesem historischen Verfahren im Murtal Museum. Dabei hatte ich viel Spaß und lernte auch viele tolle Menschen kennen. Judenburg ist immer einen Besuch wert, neben den Menschenbildern und dem Museum gibt es auch noch das schöne Puchmuseum und den beeindruckenden Sternenturm zu sehen. Danke an Heinz Mitteregger, Karoline Straner und Philipp Odelga für die Fotos von mir. Zusätzlich nochmal Danke für die Einladung!

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English version

Last week I was at the amazing Human Pictures (Menschenbilder) exhibition in Judenburg . Additionally I had two talks about the collodion wet plate process and how I approach my portraits with this technique in the Murtal Museum. I had so much fun there and met so many great people. If you are in Austria, you will like you visit in Judenburg, Beside the Museum and the current exhibition, you can visit the Puchmuseum and the planetarium Sternenturm. Thanks a lot to Heinz Mitteregger, Karoline Straner and Philipp Odelga for the photographs of myself. Also thanks a lot for the invitation.

For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Tribute to Borut (Peterlin) and a wet plate workshop with Michael and Philip



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Bei meinem letzten Kollodium Nassplattenworkshop haben wir eine “Tribute to Borut” Nassplatte erstellt und sonst gab es auch viel Spaß.
Mehr dazu im Video und in der Gallery. Um einen Nassplattenworkshop zu buchen, kontaktiert mich hier: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/



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English version

During my recent collodion wet plate workshop we did a “Tribute to Borut” wet plate. You can see in the video and gallery that we had lots of fun during the workshop and also when we made the tribute plate.
Contact me here for a workshop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/



For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
Or book other ones here http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

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If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Martin Bailey podcast interview

I was interviewed by Martin Bailey Photography to be part of his podcast about the United Art Gallery and my work. You can find the full episode here: https://mbp.ac/715
Very honored to be on his show.

 

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Behind the United Art Gallery with analog photographer Nella Aguessy

In this video-podcast I’m talking with the Nella Aguessy an analog photographer from Berlin about her photography and also about her powerful “we can’t breathe” project



Thanks a lot for being part of this!


Nella Aguessy
Website: https://www.bigmotha.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigmotha/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bigmotha-292966801056880/


Visit our Gallery here: https://unitedart.gallery/ Are you working yourself on an art project (photo or painting) with a distinct connection to the equal rights or the coronavirus topic? Then you can submit your image here:https://unitedart.gallery/pages/be-a-part-of-it/



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Upcoming wet plate workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

privat workshops in English contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

My Wet Plate Portrait of Paul at the Menschenbilder 2020 exhibition

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Ich bin wieder sehr stolz, dass ich es auch dieses Jahr mit einem Porträt auf Kollodium-Nassplatte zu den Menschenbildern geschafft habe. Ein so ehrlich lachendes Porträt auf Kollodium-Nassplatte zu erstellen ist eine Herausforderung, dennoch ist es mir gelungen. Deshalb ist die Freude um so größer, dass es das Porträt von Paul zu den Menschenbildern geschafft hat. An dieser Stelle möchte ich mich sehr herzlich bei der Innung der Niederösterreichischen Berufsfotografen für Organisation der Menschenbilder bedanken.

Mein Model ist gewachsen 🙂

Termine der Menschenbilderausstellung:
17. Juli 2020 – St. Pölten
16. September 2020 – Neunkirchen
16. April 2021 – Stockerau
4. Juni 2021 – Armschlag


In der Gallery findet ihr mehr Bilder von der tollen Ausstellung

Nächste Nassplattenworkshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

Fine Art Shop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/
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English version

I am very proud that my collodion wet plate portrait of Paul made it again to the Menschenbilder exhibition (pictures of humans exhibition)
As many of you may know, it is very tough to do a collodion wet plate with this hones happy expression. This makes it double sweet to see it in that large size. This is only possible because of our professional photography association – Thanks a lot for organizing such great contests/exhibitions!

my model got taller than me 🙂

upcoming dates and locations for the exhibition:
17. Juli 2020 – St. Pölten
16. September 2020 – Neunkirchen
16. April 2021 – Stockerau
4. Juni 2021 – Armschlag


In der Gallery findet ihr mehr Bilder von der tollen Ausstellung

For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
Or book other ones here http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

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If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Shooting A Wetplate Portrait of a Medieval Knight Sword Fighter



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Unterhalb des Videos findet ihr Erklärungen zum Shooting



Ein originelles Porträt von einem mittelalterlichen Schwertkämpfer (Staatsmeister) war gefragt. Ein Ritter in Rüstung samt seiner Hieb- und Stichwaffe auf Kollodium-Nassplatte ablichten ist der Plan. Da eine Rüstung “farblos” ist – also nur die Farben wiedergibt die diese reflektiert, war das erste Porträt draussen geplant. In meinen Garten gibt es genug Reflektionen. Leider hat uns das Wetter kurzfristig einen Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht, da auf einmal ein Unwetter aufzog.

Somit habe ich einen Hensel Integra 1000W Kompaktblitz als Aufheller aufgestellt. Außerdem sorgte der Blitz auch für ein schönes Catchlight.

Diese klassische Pose gefiel mir sehr gut, da ich so den spannenden Helm und das Schwert mit ins Porträt bekommen habe, ohne das Gesicht zu verdecken. Einen etwas helleren Hintergrund hätte ich noch gerne gehabt, aber da spielte das Wetter nicht mehr mit – Kaum waren wir fertig, fing es schon an zu regnen. Bei diesen Bild könnt ihr gut erkennen, wie die Linien direkt auf den Ritter hinzeigen. Ich versuche sehr oft solche Elemente in meine Bildkomposition einzubauen:

18x24cm Kollodium Nassplatte, Century Reisekamera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzvalobjektiv

Im Studio lichteten wir ein zweites Porträt mit aufgesetzten Helm ab.
Hierbei verwendete ich ein klassisches Clamshell Licht mit einer sehr nahen Softbox (Hensel Grand Mini 85) samt Reflektor um genug reflektieren in der Rüstung zu schaffen. Außerdem bekam ich mit diesem Setup genug Licht unter dem Helm um die Augen auszuleuchten.

Reflektor, Hensel Grand Mini, Hensel EH Pro 6000 Blitzkopf, Hensel Tria 6000S Generator

Bei solchen nahen Porträts ist die Schärfentiefe sehr gering, da das Dallmeyer 2b Petzval Objektiv sehr lichtstark ist (220mm F3)

Mit dem Ergebnis war ich sehr zufrieden. Ich habe die Platte wieder ein kleinwenig unterbelichtet um etwas härtere Kontraste zu erzeugen. Somit entstand ein sehr ausdrucksstarkes Porträt.

18x24cm Kollodium Nassplatte, Century Reisekamera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzvalobjektiv

Ich habe schon viele Portraits von Soldaten gesehen, die erschöpft von einer Schlacht kommen. Ein Porträt in dieser Art sollte es werden. Ein Ritter der von einer Schlacht kommt. Die Erschöpfung mußte Klaus garnicht spielen, da die Rüstung samt Helm extrem viel Gewicht hat und einiges an Energie von ihm forderte. Hier noch ein Selfie zum Abschluss, damit ihr versteht was ich meine 🙂



In der Gallery sind nochmal mehr Bilder zu sehen:

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English version

You can find more information about the shooting underneath the video.



The task was clear – an original portrait of a Medieval Knight Sword Fighter (national champion)
So I planed to do a collodion wetplate of a knight with his armour and sword. My first thought was, that an original armor has no “color” so to say. You just see the reflections of the environment. That was the reason I wanted to shoot the first portrait in my garden. Unfortunately the weather gods were against us and just after when we started a thunderstorm was on its way.

To fight agains the “low light” situation, I used a Hensel Integra 1000W compact flash as fill and also to create some nice catchlights.

I decided to go for this classical pose to show this aggressive looking helmet and the sword without covering the face. I would have liked to have a tiny bit brighter background, but the weather played here against us. As soon as we finished, it started to rain.
You can see the lines from the sky pointing directly to the knight. This is something I always try to integrate into my portraits

18x24cm collodion wet plate, Century view camera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens

We did the second portrait in my studio. This time he was wearing one of his helmets. I used a classical clamshell light with a pretty close soft box (Hensel Grand Mini 85) in combination with a reflector. With this setup I got enough reflections on the armor and could also bring light under the helmet to illuminate his eyes

Reflektor, Hensel Grand Mini, Hensel EH Pro 6000 strobe head, Hensel Tria 6000S generator

When shooting portraits that close with my Dallmeyer 2b lens (220mm F3) you have to deal with a very small depth of field

I was very pleased with the result of this portrait shooting. I underexposed the plate a tiny little bit to ged stronger contrasts. With that I could produce a very strong portrait.

18x24cm collodion wetplate, Century field camera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens

I know these portraits from soldiers that came exhausted and empty from a war zone. Thats how I imagined to do this portrait. Because of the heavy duty armour and helmet, Klaus did not have to act to be exhausted. So you know what I am talking about, I add a selfie from after the shooting at the end of the post 🙂



In this gallery you find some more images:

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

division – a portrait made with non – visible light

I have the feeling people are more and more divided these days, thats the reason I created these portraits.



With these portraits I show the division in visual form. On the left side the blindfold is blocking the sight – people can not see clearly, the faded tattoos are standing for a faded reality and the fist shows anger and caginess.
Where on the right side you see eyes that see through the blindfold, high contrast tattoos and an open hand that is ready to help and hug.
This images is also part of our new Album in the United Art Gallery:
https://unitedart.gallery/albums/justice-for-all-inspired-by-black-lives-matter/ You can join us with your own art about this topic. Just click the “be a part of it” and choose the topic you want to submit to.



I shot the first portrait with the wet collodion process (Sensible to UV light only) and with a digital infrared camera. The second portrait was shot with a Rollei Ortho 25 Film (Sensible to UV light only) and a Rollei Infrared 400 film. In UV light everything that is blue will get bright and red dark. Because tattoos often contain blue color they get brighter and the red blindfold gets black. In IR light it is the opposite, thats why you can see through the blindfold and get contrasty tattoos.

Thanks again to Alex and Bernhard for helping me, as you can see in the video, there were a lot of tasks to do in a short amount of time to bring this portrait to live



compare the images by yourself

Digital color
Digital color
Digital color
Digital Infrared
Digital Infrared
Collodion Wet Plate
Collodion Wet Plate
Rollei Infrared 400
Rollei Infrared 400
Rollei Infrared 400
Rollei Ortho 25
Rollei Ortho 25

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Behind the United Art Gallery – Sarah Weal

Sarah Weal (http://www.sarahweal.com) ist talking in this video podcast about her Covid19 related Furloughed Friendship portrait work and also about her commissioned portrait work.

Thanks a lot for being part of this!



Visit our Gallery here: https://unitedart.gallery/ Are you working yourself on an art project (photo or painting) with a distinct connection to the coronavirus topic, that was made during this time? Then you can submit your image here:https://unitedart.gallery/pages/be-a-part-of-it/



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Upcoming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

privat workshops in English contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

#stayathome – a tintype agains COVID2019



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Wenn wir alle gemeinsam zu Hause bleiben, können wir die weitere Ansteckungen verhindern und die Kurve abflachen.


Ohne Assitenten kommt wieder meine Insta 360 Kamera zum Einsatz. Mit meiner iPhonemodifikation hatte ich Liveview auf meiner Polaroid Miniportraitkamera – mehr zu dieser Modifikation findet ihr in der Gallery.

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English version

If we all together stay at home, we can flatten the curve and save lives.

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Without an assistant I had to use my Insta360 again to shoot this video. Additionally I did use my iPhone as a live view on the polaroid mini portrait camera, so I could frame myself. Check the images in the gallery to see how I did that.


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If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

World Photographic Cup Best Nation Award for my Wet Plate Portrait

English
My collodion wet plate portrait of Gabriel Baharlia won an award at the best of notion 2020 category at the World Photographic Cup. What a great start into 2020!!
I hope to see some of you in Rome during the ceremony.

All images can be found here: http://www.worldphotographiccup.org/wpc_gallery/best-of-nation-2020/


German
Mein Kollodium-Nassplattenporträt von Gabriel Baharlia hat beim World Photographic Cup 2020 den Award für “the Best of Nation 2020” gewonnen. Was für ein genialer Start ins neue Jahr!!!
Ich hoffe ich werde ein paar von euch in Rom bei der Verleihung treffen!

Alle Bilder findet ihr hier:
http://www.worldphotographiccup.org/wpc_gallery/best-of-nation-2020/