Why I paint with light...
I’ve been an active wet plate photographer since 2014 when I discovered the process while searching for a more tactile and engaging photographic medium. My growing dissolution with digital photography and a desire to bring excitement to my work led me to the 19th century wet plate photographic process where images are taken directly on glass and metal plates.
Wet plate photography offers a rich historical heritage going back to the American Civil War. Each image must be carefully planned and executed given the complexity of the process and the time required to create the final result. The photographer and subject often have a more collaborative relationship because of the need to get the desired result with fewer exposures. The variables involved to create a successful image are extensive, so a wet plate photographer must dedicate a significant amount of time to the maintenance and preparation of chemistry and be keenly aware of environmental conditions when photographing.
My background in the biological sciences and documentary filmmaking have complimented my adventures in wet plate photography by providing an understanding of the chemical processes involved and a desire to tell stories in the images I create.
Currently, I’m working on a photographic project that explores the use of alternative medicines and treatments by combat veterans struggling with PTSD and other physical and mental ailments. Images made will be a combination of tintypes, ambrotypes and salt prints contact printed from wet plate collodion negatives on hemp paper, as well as combat paper made from military uniforms.
An exhibit including over 20 pieces of my original work will be on display September through October 2016 at the Santa Clara County library in Saratoga, California.
A list of my past and present exhibitions can be found here.