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Friday, April 5th, 2024

Visit me in Vienna and in Graz

I will do wet plate portraits on Sunday the 7th of April at the VIENNA VINTAGE PHOTO FAIR

And on April 19th I do my brand new Talk “Tintype Stories” during the Fomo (Fotomonat) Graz at the beautiful Mori. Entry is also free, but a reservation is needed here: hello@fomograz.at This talk is in German. More information here: https://www.fomograz.at/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/FOMO24_Mail_Tintype.pdf


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    Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

    DIY Ambrotype/Glass cleaning clamp for wet plate photographers

    Cleaning ambrotypes is a very tedious task. Especially when you want to prepare many plates. Thats why I wanted to get one of these glass clamps for cleaning. Most clamps I found online were not what I was looking for. Then I found the one Adam Savage made for Gary Oldman: https://youtu.be/4MVxJNawefM?si=sxB__Zr7kcl_g1rQ
    I guess lots of you guys did not know that mr. Oldman is also one of us who the path down the rabbit hole to work with the wet plate process.
    Inspired by the wonderful design of Adam Savage I started to design my own version that can be 3D printed. Even the wooden version of Adam Savage is much more beautiful, my printed design may be easier to clean. You can download the files for 3D printing from my Patreon page
    No membership is needed, but consider it if you want to support me. Or buy me a tea or PayPal me


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    Wednesday, July 12th, 2023

    It’s time to say goodbye – a story about an end and a new start

    In todays post I’ll use photography to make memories for my cherry tree that I grew up with since I was a little boy.

    Many years ago I renovated the house of my grandma and with that came also a big garden full of trees. Every year I am lucky to harvest fresh raspberries, apples, pears, cherries and many other fruits. It’s so wonderful to wake up in the morning and get yourself some fresh breakfast from the garden.

    This was the garden when I inherited it, you can see parts of the huge cherry tree in the background

    The biggest and probably oldest tree of all is my cherry tree. I remember climbing it when I was little. It brings a wonderful big shade during the hot days and it’s fruits are so delicious.

    you can see how big my cherry tree was many years ago
    The recent years thunder storms and heavy rain hit really hard on the tree. Its missing about half of its branches on one side.

    I always thought this giant beauty will outlive me for sure. But after the last visit from a gardner I learned that the tree is probably completely hollow already and it it will be soon not save anymore to walk under it. That really made me sad, because I have so many memories with this tree. That was the moment, when I realised, that I want to capture a last memory on an ultra large format ambrotype. I captured already a tintype of some cherry blossoms of this tree many years ago. and I am really glad that I did.

    For this project I brought my 12×16″ wooden Ultra Large Format came into my garden. Lenswise I decided to go with my 360mm Voigtländer Heliar universal.

    I did a similar plate with the same setup last year, when I captured the rebirth of one of my apple trees.
    The tree looked like It was dying, but it grew out of it self again. When I thought it was dying, I gave it another year. And exactly in this year it grew new branches. And yesterday I had the first of its apples again for breakfast.

    I exposed the apple tree ambrotype for the trunk of the tree to get a bright look. With that I get lots of solarization where the branches touch the sky and I think this looks great on glass plates.

    But for the cherry tree I wanted to do things a bit differently. Thats why I used a very old collodion, old developer and a stronger fixer. With overexposing again, this should give me a warmer look with again lots of solarization.

    The wet plate process is mostly seeing blue light and thats why the sky is easily overexposed. I really love how this turned out.

    Maybe you ask yourself why I exposed for the tree trunk on both of these images. If I would have exposed for the green leaves or thin branches, the ambrotypes would have been much more contrasty you may think. My thoughts are, that the trunk is one of the most important parts of the tree. If it gets hollow, there is a great chance, that the tree will die.

    As always I did a scan of the plate, to have kind of a copy of it. If you want to know more about this huge scanner, have a look here: https://youtu.be/Oi3Tef3zZPE
    I always try to get the scan as close to the real thing, but to see the light reflecting on the silver when it hits the glass plate is not is something you can not replicate in a scan.
    This will be a memory that lasts forever . To see these two plates side by side, please check the end of my video, a photo or scan just won’t do justice. For me the apple tree plate stands for a new beginning and the Cherry tree p late for the end.
    I am really sad that the tree must go. But where life ends there will be a new one. After it is gone, I will plant a new cherry tree there. And for sure I will do some plates of it. portrait (c) Michael Liebert

    I chose these portrait of me here, because it fits in perfectly into this story. Some time ago I booked a portrait session with Michael Liebert. He knew that I am connected to my garden and to this tree, thats why he choose to take my portrait there. And now this portrait is the prefect fit for my story today.

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    Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

    Wet Plate Talk and on location shooting at Fomo Graz

    Fomo Graz stands for Fotomonat Graz and translates to month of photography in Graz. The Fomo team invited me to do a talk and also shoot collodion wet plate portraits on location there. Thanks a lot for the invite it was such a great event and also thanks a lot to https://www.atelierjungwirth.com for letting me use your location to work on my portraits there. We had a blast, so many interested people during my talk. I really enjoyed explaining my favourite process to you guys. Also the wet plate portrait shoot was great, so many people wanted their portrait done. I think I shot 22 portraits on that day. Check out the video underneath for more impressions from this event. You an enjoy the video on a 4K screen with HDR support!

    Check out these instagram pages from the people in the video: Fomo Graz , Ana, Luke, Julia

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    Thursday, July 15th, 2021

    The First Analog Photography Festival After The Pandemic

    This was such a great experience! It was not only great to meet people again at the Camera Obscura Festival, but it was also awesome to meet artists that are interested in an analog workflow. Another great thing is, that this festival is not an exclusive “wet plate event” it is also for people who work with the analog medium in any way. That was so cool, with this option you will experience things you may not have seen before. Like Large Format Cameras build from Legos. It was so nice to meet all of you guys finally in person another big thanks to Stefan, Christian and Denis for organising this great event! If you want to be notified for the next Camera Obscura Festival, register here: http://cof.mhaustria.com

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    Thursday, February 25th, 2016

    Nassplattenakt Eclipse

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    Wir hatten das große Glück für ein Shooting kurzfristig das Model Vanessa zu bekommen (Von www.model-kartei.de ). Vielen Dank für die Ausdauer und Geduld um ein weiteres Nassplattenshooting fertigzustellen.
    Dieses Nassplattenunikat entstand mit Leidenschaft, Silber und Licht auf einer über 100 Jahre alten Kamera. Wollt Ihr selber so ein Kunstwerk? Informiert euch unter http://zeitreise.jetzt
     
    Titel: eclipse
    Model: Vanessa
    Plattengröße: 30x40cm
    Arbeitszeit: ca 4 Stunden (Inklusive Vorbereitungen)
    Kamera: Unbekannter Tischler um 1900
    Objektiv: Voigtlaender Heliar 480 mm F4.5 @ F9
    Blitze: Hensel Expert Pro 2800 Watt/Sekunde
    All diese Platten sind handgemacht (Beschichtung, montieren usw)
    Um so ein Ergebnis zu erzielen, benötigt man viel Geduld und viel Übung.
     
    Vanessa 1
     
    Vanessa 2
     

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    English Version:
    Luckily we were able to have the model Vanessa (from www.model-kartei.de) for another wet plate shooting. Thanks a lot for your patience and stamina to make this piece of art happen.
    This one of a kind tin type was made out of passion, silver and light with an over 100 year old camera.
    Have a look at http://zeitreise.jetzt if you want to have done a tin tintype of you.
     
    Title: eclipse
    Model: Vanessa
    Plate size: 30x40cm
    Working time: about 4 hours (inclusive preparations)
    Camera: Unknown carpenter from 1900
    Lens: Voigtlaender Heliar 480 mm F4.5 @ F9
    Strobes: Hensel Expert Pro 2800 Watt/Second
    This plates are all handmade (pouring, coating, mounting and so on)
    It needs a lot of practice and patience to make a photograph like that with that old technique.
     
    Vanessa 1
     
    Vanessa 2
     

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    Friday, February 6th, 2015

    Licht (Ambrotype)

    Ich glaube, daß wir einen Funken jenes ewigen Lichts in uns tragen, das im Grunde des Seins leuchten muß und welches unsere schwachen Sinne nur von Ferne ahnen können. Diesen Funken in uns zur Flamme werden zu lassen und das Göttliche in uns zu verwirklichen, ist unsere höchste Pflicht.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

     
    Dieses “Lichtbild” entstand mit Leidenschaft, Silber und Licht, mehr davon hier: http://zeitreise.jetzt
     

     

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

    Bilder die aus Leidenschaft, Silber und Licht entstehen

    Von seinen Eltern lernt man lieben, lachen, und laufen. Doch erst wenn man mit Büchern in Berührung kommt, entdeckt man, dass man Flügel hat.
    Helen Hayes
     
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