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"

donderdag 24 maart 2016

Marcel Wanders

Recently I had the opportunity to "shoot" Marcel Wanders.
Marcel Wanders is a famous Dutch designer,
well known for his awesome products, all over the world .
Just have a look at his beautiful website: Marcel Wanders
I was able to use his own studio which is located just in the middle of Amsterdam at the third floor.
We were extremely lucky finding a parking place just in front of the building.
As you already might know my car is fully loaded will stuff which I need
to make just a single picture. So it took us some time to lug everything up....
That's the only downside of wet plate photography.

Setting up everything always takes me about 1 hour (including making a test plate).
Normally with these kind of shoots we are very limited in time but Marcel loved the process
and he was very willing to pose and was in no hurry.
We were able to make 3 plates and as always the last one was the best... :)

26,5 x 26.5 cm Tintype
Exposure time 6 seconds
Dallmeyer 3a at f4

Digital pictures made by Ferry v.d. Vliet

maandag 21 maart 2016

The making of.....

Wow, just noticed I wrote my last blog more than half a year ago....
sorry for that. I promise you, you will see some more blogs very soon!

A lot of things happened in the meantime. Like an exhibition during Photo Shanghai, several publications in magazines, some new pictures made for the storytelling series, new BIG studio and a lot more. So I have been quite busy in the past half year.

For now I want to share the making of a picture (actually two pictures).
I had this picture in my mind for already a long time and wanted to include it in the storytelling series. click here for the series
But I was asked to make an exhibition picture for a very talented Dutch photographer who uses tulips for making his art. just have a look at his work: www.basmeeuws.com
So this time we used the same setting for making 2 almost identical pictures.
One for the exhibition of Bas Meeus and one for my storytelling series.

It always fascinates me how colours do change while using the wet plate process.
The umbrella was black, and the Tulips did have all kinds of colours.

Many thanks to Bas Meeuws for posing (and sorry for the wet clothes.... :) )
To Oogenlust for hosting their garden again.
To Paul Jongerius for helping me with the Tulips.
And to Ferry vd Vliet for being the model in this picture and the digital picture he made during the shoot