I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.

This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.

For my website please visit : www.alextimmermans.com

Alex Timmermans

"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"

zaterdag 27 april 2013

The making of "lost"

Today we finally had some time to make some new plates.
Weather was fine, little sun and 18 degrees.
So "eskimo time...."

This plate was in my mind for already a few months
but it´s always a challenge to find the right location, having the right weather etc.
This time we (my friend Ferry and me) made 2 plates I am extremely happy with.

Both plates were made on 26x26cm black glass.
Exposure time around 1/2 seconds.
Hermagis portrait petzval.
350mm 4.5 wide open.

woensdag 10 april 2013

4-5th of May 2013, 2nd edition of the European Collodion Weekend

On May the 4th and 5th, this year’s European Collodion Weekend takes place.
Over 40 collodion photographers from all over the world are going to show their skills, creativity and passion.
This all based on Fredrick Scott Archers technique, from 1851.
Antique wooden camera’s and 150 years old lenses as well as
modern 35 mm and up to 50x50 cm glass plates are going to be used.
International renowned collodion artist like Alexey Alexeev (Russia),
Gerald Figal (USA),
Fabrice Pejout and Basile Debroeucq (France),
Arjen Went and Manon Navarro (Holland), Borut Peterlin (Slovenia),
Alex Timmermans (organizer of this event) and many more will be present. 
Interested in this wonderful  ancient photographic process and its craftsmen?
Don’t hesitate and take the opportunity to visit is. Free admittance!
           The location:              
Camping ‘De Volmolen’
Volmolen 1
5561 VH  Riethoven
The netherlands
Further information:  
Alex Timmermans


maandag 1 april 2013

New plate carying box

What to do with Easter?
Recently I bought myself some Festool woodworking tools (really great stuff!)
I had nothing to do and the sun was shining today
(although it's still very cold over here). 

So I made myself an adjustable plate box.
This box can hold 13 26x26cm plates and is adjustable to 18x24 cm or even 13x18cm.
I can take out the middle part and adjust it to the other sizes.
From now on I can have a shoot and bring my plates home safely without
asking somebody to hold them the whole drive back home......
Still have to do the paintjob.