Emotions and opinion run the gamut when it comes to utilizing denatured alcohol within the collodion process. Some suggest it should be avoided at all cost while others report you can pour with confidence. Both opinions have merit. The first realization must be the understanding that the majority of collodion photographers today gain their information from social media channels originating in the United States of America. Therein lies the crux of the issue: what holds true in the good ole US of A may not be compatible with other countries, and most likely isn’t. Most countries have liquor/spirits legislation that...
In our continuing search of discovering all things collodion, we have been bombarded with the self-induced question: Does size matter?
The long-and-short of it is yes, and no.
wet plate photography is little different than digital captures, or E6 and C41 processes. Collodion at its very core is little more than another tool within the photographer’s tool chest from which to communicate a predetermined message.
Canadians have every reason to be proud of our photographic heritage. As grad-student Jim Burant wrote in his 1977 Carelton University dissertation Pre-confederation Photography in Halifax, Nova Scotia: …they had proved themselves to be abreast of the rest of the world in terms of technique, ability, and achievements.