Wet plate collodion eats

This ongoing series of images started out as an excuse to hand color some images. The wet plate collodion process is a cumbersome chemical photo-making method invented in the 1850s. The images are a unique creations on blackened aluminum plates. The process is slow and requires me to carry a mobile darkroom, though I made these pictures in my driveway. Before adding the final varnish to the plates, I hand color them with pastel chalk and a fine brush. The hot varnish mellows the color and spreads it, too.

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