23 February 2013
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.
"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 www.sergeevphoto.com or www.facebook.com/ambrotypist