Sergey Sergeev

This month we had the opportunity to work with Sergey Sergeev at Red Tree. Sergey is a professional photographer based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
Sergey spent some time with us and his camera from 1900, showing us how to take photos with it and develop them onto wet plate collodion.
It was just awesome to spend some time in the dark room, see the techniques and chemicals being used and applied as it was done well over hundred years ago. No megapixels, no digital trickery, no I fix this later in photoshop. What you see is what you get.

From Sergey:
"When I took the camera in my hands at 12 years of age - I knew that's what I wanted to do in my life. I always liked the hand approach techniques but as everyone else moved into digital technology I knew my first love was black & white photos and my time in the dark room where I felt like a magician. I love the feeling of control and excitement seeing an image emerging. I love mixing and experimenting with the chemicals for wet plate collodion plate black & white photos.
In my photography I use everything from 35 mm format to 10"x8" cameras, modern day equipment, to the one' s used in 1900. Lately. I started to use only large format cameras, currently I use 5"x4", 7"x5", 10"x8" cameras."

Sergey teaches workshops and one-to-one training on different topics including: 
  • Wet plate collodion 
  • Developing film and printing in caffenol
  • Traditional B&W film techniques for beginners, intermediate and advanced
  • How to use field cameras



More of his work and contact details can be found on or 

The Model Life

Red Tree Studio got published in an interview of Melissa-Maria Carton with Music Review Unsigned
The article features two images of Maik Sinkovec and Carl Farmer of Red Tree Studio with the models Melissa Carton and Nikkie W. and the makeup artists Sarah Tonin and Nina Whitt.

MRU Magazine-1

Hi my name is Melissa-Maria Carton and this is what it’s like to be a SFX model.
There is nothing in the world like SFX make up artistry and I consider those who master it to be the most gifted in the profession. I’ve done some high fashion bizarre make up looks on models myself, including one for MRU during the summer, but nothing comes close to the sheer talent of those who can induce nightmares with just some gelatine...

The full article can be found here...