Carlin Sundell travels back in time, Brings back photos as proof!


Well not exactly, had to give the National Enquirer headline a shot. Carlin Sundell works as a freelance photographer here at StudioNemo and is a good friend of ours. He recently attended a workshop on wet collodion plate photography. Wet collodion plate photography was developed by Frederik Archer in the mid 19th century. The image is exposed on to a glass or tin plate covered in collodion, a viscous liquid, made by dissolving nitrated cotton in a mixture of alcohol and ether and then light sensitive salts are applied to the plate, exposed, to create the photo. You literally need a entire chemistry kit in the field and work quickly in an ether rich environment to develop the plate. At some point a gas lantern is involved in the process… Chances for “KA-BLEWY” go way up! I suppose that’s half the fun, eh? Well fortunately Carlin returned not looking like THIS, and brought us back some amazing photos. Gives you an appreciation photography’s early years in today’s mind-numbing point and shoot world.

Click ahead to see some shots of Carlin in action!

Setting up the shot.

oooo! Combustibles!

OOOO! Fire with said combustibles!

Prepping the plate with chemicals that WILL KILL YOU! Please wear safety goggles.

“Yes, I have heath insurance? Why do you ask?” -Carlin Sundell.

One Response to “Carlin Sundell travels back in time, Brings back photos as proof!”

  1. […] field has taken him into other seemingly timeless directions as well. Anyone remember what wet plate collodion is? (Told you he traveled back in time). From the moment I got invited to the screening I kept […]

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