In 2012 I was introduced to the interesting 19th century process of wet plate collodion photography. The whole process from taking the picture to development happened in less than ten minutes apart. It is a labor intensive process that keeps you active and on your feet from the start to the finished product. Tin types were relatively quick and inexpensive to make in the 19th century and remain popular. Today where everything is quickly becoming digital artists like, John Coffer and David Emitt Adams still enjoy utilizing this process in their work. Adams led a wet plate collodion workshop making tin types October 27th thru October 28th at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona. He explained how he got started with John Coffer, his mentor in the field and the material requirements needed before taking us step by step into the process.
* Always wear protective eye wear when you are pouring collodion and developing plates and seek immediate medical attention if you get any chemistry in your eyes! Also It is important to wear gloves while handling your plate with the chemistry.
Awe! The varnishing/drying room; I can still smell the scent of lavender varnish on some of my tin types!