Modern Collodion has announced the winner of its Wet Plate Competition, an event dedicated to the 19th-century photography technique.
The inaugural wet plate competition attracted 200 submissions from 19 countries. Modern Collodion, a camera-equipment manufacturer owned by Lightbox Photo Academy, said it was ‘thrilled to see such a big response from the wet plate community’. But what exactly is wet plate photography?
The collodion process, as it is also known, involves coating a piece of glass or metal with a syrupy substance before inserting it into a camera. After taking a shot, the photographer has 15 minutes to expose and process the wet plate before it dries.
This Victorian technology is enjoying something of a resurgence, with wet plate technicians achieving a beautifully aged, dramatic look.
Oregon-based photographer Paul Barden won the Wet Plate Competition with his mysterious image of Aristolochia pods. You can see that and more of his work here.