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Vintage Photographic Processes

Above: Platinotype of Narrabeen Lagoon Below: L: Platinotype portrait  R: Wep plate collodion prortait (gothic inspired)

Above: Platinotype of Narrabeen Lagoon

Below: L: Platinotype portrait  R: Wep plate collodion prortait (gothic inspired)

The birth of photography is generally accepted as the public announcement of the daguerreotype process in January 1839 by Louis Daguerre to the French Academie des Sciences. The mid to late 1800's saw a number of photographic processes which exhibited great variations in their original form and also with later aging processes. With the advent of digital technologies it is possible to recreate the style of these vintage photos, though the purists who use the same procedures and similar cameras would disagree.

My favourite images are those using the wet plate collodion process with it's aging, and the platinotype process which was a variation of the ambrotype and tended not to exhibit aging characteristics.