In 2016 I made a successful series of wet plate images of grain silos during a road trip through rural New South Wales. As I now plan to make this series an ongoing project I thought I should tick off the only two remaining grain silos left in Tasmania.I discovered work is already underway on this one in Launceston to convert it into apartments, so I headed up in February 2017 to try and capture it before construction was too far advanced. Unfortunately the collodion gods were against me and I did not get a plate I am completely happy with. Another attempt will need to be made soon. #Wet Plate
Making wet plates on location is hard enough without getting to site and realising you have left something behind! After the first time I left the fixer behind, I made myself a wet plate checklist. Laminated, I can use it over and tick off each item as it is prepared and or packed. Clean with a little alcohol and it is ready for next time. There are a few things on that first version that I have now found I don't need with me. Time to make a new one and this time add: Have you checked those new plates you ordered are actually cut to the correct size!!! #Wet Plate
2017 is less than two months old and things are going pretty well so far!
About two weeks ago I received very exciting news that an exhibition proposal I submitted to the Revela-T analogue photography festival in Barcelona had been accepted! My first solo international exhibition. Today I received an email advising a wet plate diptych had been accepted into the Wyndham Art Prize! #Wet Plate
Over the years I have found I need to let my work alone once it is first made. I am often disappointed by my first impression, but have found almost without fail that when I come back to images after days, weeks, months or even years, I view my work with less immediate emotional attachment, and appreciate them much more. I made these wet plates over 6 months ago, and they have sat in my plan cabinet since. Today I pulled them all out to select some that I might want to enter in an art prize and was pleasantly surprised. I am happy with this series as it is so far and liked the way many of the images worked together. #Wet Plate