This is a 4x5 wet plate collodion tintype of Sophie. This image was taken on Christmas Eve 2016 as part of my 'Children of the Alchemy' series, a body of work to capture children as not often seen, through the eyes of a large format camera, lit with studio strobes and surrendering to the nuances that are inherit to the wet plate collodion process.
Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, I moved out to the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand in two thousand and ten to work as a medical doctor, and now live and work in the Bay of Plenty. My passionate addiction to photography led me to teach myself how to make images, starting ten years ago with digital image manipulation and design, then onto digital photography subsequently teaching myself black and white film photography and print making. More recently, I have found my passionate niche by adopting the wet plate collodion process and it is here where I find comfort, sitting on the fringes of modern photography, basking in the hazy fog of volatile chemicals, wood shavings and excitement at the prospect of photographic DIY. Far from re-enacting the days of old, I use collodion to produce contemporary images with contemporary methods. When not at work as a GP, or in my lab experimenting with chemistry, I can be found out and about in my mobile darkroom caravan.