How about some wet plate collodion photography?
I met the beautiful and talented Nadezda Nikolova at the Harry Dean Stanton Fest, where I accosted her and and her handsome escort in an effort to get interviews for my silly movie with Josh Flowers.
She introduced herself and her photographic work and asked if I would model for her.
Do not make fun of his homemade lens cap.
I met Nadezda at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington a week ago, and we worked from mid-morning to late afternoon, taking nine photos.
Nadezda uses an nineteenth-century photography process with the handsome camera above. Because the images must be developed before the plate dries, she uses a craftily-constructed dark room in the back of her car.
Here's her feet as she works in her mobile studio:
developing from the norm
The process requires skill, patience and luck. When everything works perfectly, it's like magic.
These are my favorite photos from the day...
give me the slip
I am in awe of the remarkable luck that brought in contact with this brilliant artist. I am a big, giant ham and would happily model for most anyone who told me I'm pretty. But Nadezda is one of those rare talents that you only meet once or twice in your life.
I can't wait to be back in front of her antique camera.