Monday, June 30, 2014

When Worlds Collodion

How about some wet plate collodion photography?

Photo by Nadezda Nikolova
parasol-itude

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.

Would I!?

A lovely day for some wet plate collodion #photography, no?
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:

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developing from the norm

The process requires skill, patience and luck. When everything works perfectly, it's like magic.

Nadezda Nikolova
negative space

These are my favorite photos from the day...

Photo by Nadezda Nikolova
shoe stopper

Photo by Nadezda Nikolova
give me the slip

Photo by Nadezda Nikolova
branch dressing

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.

4 comments:

Nadezda said...

Thank you, Becky, for the lovely post! I don't think I've ever received a compliment quite like this -- wow!! Luckily, the admiration goes both ways -- I found a muse in you!

Becky Haltermon said...

You are a dear!

Frederik Sisa said...

Beautiful photos - the inevitable result of a brilliant photographer and her equally brilliant model.

Well done, y'all! :)

Becky Haltermon said...

Thank you, sir!