Riley JB - Photographer & Alchemist



Hand-made portraits using light, time & silver. Take a seat and have your portrait created with the Victorian-era wet plate collodion technique. A black metal plate is coated with collodion salted with iodides and bromides, sensitized in a bath of silver nitrate to become a custom piece of film. The plate is loaded into a large format camera, circa 1925, and an exposure is made using powerful strobe and continuous lights. Before it can dry, the plate is developed in the darkroom before your eyes. Then the magic moment of the image going from a negative to the final positive in the fixer bath.

The plate is then varnished using gum sandarac (sap from a cypress tree), lavender oil and alcohol. Once varnished, the plate will last for  150 years and likely more. A true heirloom photograph.

Before booking be sure to read about the Wet Plate Process and a list of Questions & Answers.

I’ll be at the Market Collective on Sunday May 26th, 2019 with a pop-up tintype studio in the nvrlnd arts foundation booth. Only 13 appointments available. Book yours below and save $25 off the price of a 4”x5” tintype portrait.

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