Thirty-Nine Plates !!

January 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

The evening of December 18, when Nocturnes Number Thirty-Eight and Thirty-Nine were out of the wash, it was time for Prosecco and some major toasting. Throughout five plate-making sessions in Pass Christian, beginning the 16th of January, we had made thirty-nine twenty by twenty inch wet-plate collodion tintypes, each one using a homemade pinhole camera.

It was an accomplishment that had never been made before. The experts said it couldn’t be done (and logically it shouldn’t be done,) but we had found a way to do it.

And along that way we were also able to place twenty-nine plates in gallery shows, beginning with the New Orleans Photo Alliance, which we consider to be, like Home Space Gallery, our base, and ending with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a fitting denouement.

What had begun as a “fluke,” an experiment, with a plywood camera cobbled together, and no silver bath, the wrong safe-lights, not enough trays, and enough rounds of whack-a-mole to create a new dance, the whack-a-macarena, turned into a dream come true that neither of us had even considered dreaming in the first place. 

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