I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.

This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.


For my website please visit : www.alextimmermans.com

Alex Timmermans
Holland


"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"

dinsdag 25 juni 2013

Making a new ground glass

 
Recentely Peter van Hal, a fellow wet plater from Holland, contacted me and
told me about an add of a very rare antique panorama camera.
It had the extreme size of 12x24"!!
 
I contacted the seller and we came to an agreement.
Last weekend we drove to Brussel to collect the camera.
Of course it needed some work. but the base is in very fine condition.
It came complete with the original plate holder.
 
A few things I have to repair and it was missing its ground glass.
Some months ago I got some grinding powder from Arjen Went.
Wasn't able to give it a try before, but what works for small also works for BIG.
 
So I cut a 12x24"glass plate and started grinding.
Well, it was much easier than I expected. It took me no longer than
half an hour to grind a completely new ground glass.
 
Sorry for the video quality. I had to grind with one hand
and hold my I-phone with my other hand.....
 
short video how to grind a new ground glass.
 
 


A 8 x10"plate holder near the ground glass. Just to show the size of this beautiful camera.

 


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