At a glance, this site is quite similar to the other 5.34 trillion photographers’ websites you’ve seen before. And the purpose is mostly the same. I want you to see, and hopefully enjoy, some of my photographs. But I also want to share some knowledge about things I’m interested in, particularly wet plate photography. So I’ve gathered quite a few links, written some text on the subject, and put up some images for you to see. I will do my best to keep the site fresh and updated. Check back once in a while, hopefully something nice, new and black will be waiting for you.
I have a few projects running and I hope to present them here as they develop. Gårdaskolan is the first of the new projects that will emerge, mature and maybe finish here.
I live in Sweden, on the west coast, in a city called Göteborg (or Gothenburg). I’ve been photographing since 1995 or 1996. Off and on. I used to be a hard core analogue photographer, but I woke up and smelled the coffee. It’s not the technology that matters, it’s the content. The output. In one respect, I’m still as hard core analogue as ever—it doesn’t get more analogue than working with wet plate collodion photography. But I no longer work long hours in the traditional darkroom, and I don’t miss it that much.
I really like e-mails. So feel free to send one to . And I do like a nice conversation. Call me at: +46-707 56 98 47. I’m over at Flickr as well.
Pix from the workshop
Here are some shots from the first day of the workshop. During the second day I hade no time at all to take any pics. Too bad really – I could probably benefit from cloning myself.
Quinn talked about the different substrates that can be used with wet plate collodion.
Quinn showed us how to determine the focal length and f-stop of a lens. This is his Jamin-Darlot Cone Centralisateur. 220 mm focal length I believe.
Roger lives on the streets of Göteborg. He was very kind to have his portrait taken by Quinn, and the images (two) turned out great. Roger was with us in the darkroom and watched the plates emerge in the fixer. He left the studio with one of his portraits in hand. He seemed very happy and asked me to thank Quinn once again.
Quinn made two remarkable plates of Aron.
Here’s Aron and Sara, superimposed.
This is Aron’s image of Markus. Quite stunning I’d say!
The wet plate collodion workshop was a big hit!
First off: thank you very much Quinn, Jeanne and Summer for making all this happen!
Also a big thank you to all six students: Aron, Manuel, Bosse, Alfia, Anna and Markus. And of course Sara, being a very patient model and assistant.
I’ll post some images later.
Thank you everyone who came by the Planket show and my little demo afterwards! I appreciate your interest and comments very much.
Planket gbg 2009
Planket Göteborg is on again this year. You can read more about it here if you understand Swedish. Planket (tr. the fence) is a concept brought to Sweden by photographer Neil Goldstein in 1982. It’s an open, outdoor photography exhibition, where a large number of artists use a fence to hang their work. Last year, Planket Göteborg was a big hit with over 200 photographers showing their work.
This year I will be showing a small series of wet plate self portraits. The mounting and framing will be a bit unconventional, I’m trying to take advantage of the versatility of the glass plate as a substrate. The portraits are on the funny side of life.
So, if you happen to be around Hålekärrsgatan in Majorna, Göteborg on August the 15th, you really should come by Planket.
The wet plate workshop is on!
It will happen on the 5th and 6th of September, here in Göteborg.
First plate with the big camera
I tested the new camera last weekend, and here’s one of the plates. It’s nothing particular really, but it’s really nice to work with a real wet plate camera. Especially the plate holder. As usual, I had the wrong mindset when I tested the camera. I often have a silly notion that I will make a super great plate on the first try. With a whole new camera, new lens, new plate size, new light… I should be glad it turned out OK.
Wet plate workshop in Sweden!
Nothing is decided as of right now, but it is likely that Quinn Jacobson will do a workshop here in Göteborg, Sweden this fall. The workshop will probably be held in Gårdaskolan in an old “art” classroom, where I have my wet plate equipment.