Building wet plate archive

May 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Do you know Studio Q Live Show? These three and more hours long video meetings are organized by Quinn Jacobson monthly. You can find them on YouTube, here is a record of February session. I've never managed to attend one of them live, but I build a bit strange habit to watch, or better, to hear them in my studio while I'm making wet plates. The pace of these records is really slow, but I like them not just because it fits the slow pace of wet plate process. Every time, in every show, sooner or later, they start to talk about something really, really interesting. Last time it was about long term storage of plates.

I have to admit I destroyed some plates because I put them in plastic or paper bags. As Quinn Jacobson mentioned, the sandarac varnish can be sticky for a very long time and only safe long term solution is to put the plates freely into boxes. When I was shopping in a local hardware store I've discovered plastic boxes with a seal. Their inner dimension is just enough for 18x24 cm plates and some holders. I was looking for a light and easy to build solution, so I tried just to add into the box a small wooden ladder glued with a hot air glue gun. Very rough and primitive solution, but it works. 

 

 

 

And because this is a wet plate blog, here are some of just archived plates. 

Four WillowsFour WillowsFour plates 18x24 cm
Wet plate photography, tintype

# 410, 411, 412, 413
900 EUR

 


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