When the Past Speaks
For eight years Mark Luscombe-Whyte refined the wet plate collodion process by taking images of his neighbours in rural France. The results go beyond a simple translation of a technique to a set of portraits full of narrative.
Anna Bonita Evans reports.
« The look you get through wet plate isn’t particularly flattering, it can make a subject look 10 years older than they are – or as if they’ve spent a lot of time under a sunbed – but I still couldn’t get it out of my mind. »
« I often think about what potters say: when throwing a pot it’s the first 1000 that are the hardest. It’s the same with collodion. »
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Mark Luscombe-Whyte Photography
Black+White Photography January Issue 198