Combining a 170-12 months Previous Moist Plate Course of with Meals Pictures


Photographer Markus Hofstätter — recognized for his collodion wet-plate pictures experience — determined to attempt one thing totally different and used the 170-year outdated taking pictures course of to seize extremely detailed high-end meals images.

Hofstätter, primarily based in Austria, has photographed all of it — from portraits to wildlife — however hadn’t experimented with meals till an surprising connection was made. Whereas within the course of of buying a Cambo AST studio stand, Hofstätter discovered the vendor was well-known meals photographer and columnist Hans Gerlach.

After months of planning and discussing, each determined to collaborate on a high-end meals pictures shoot utilizing the moist collodion course of. Hofstätter and Gerlach needed to fastidiously plan what dishes to {photograph} and what colours the dishes ought to include as a result of this sort of photographic course of solely sees blue mild — which means that crimson coloration turns black and blue turns white.

Hofstätter writes in his weblog that the collaborative venture was much more fulfilling due to Gerlach’s in depth meals preparation and presentation expertise which mixed nicely with Hofstätter’s personal experience within the moist plate collodion course of.

The shoot passed off in Hofstätter’s studio the place he used a 13 x 18 centimeter Mentor digital camera with a 250mm Zeiss Tessar lens. Whereas Hofstätter arrange the tools and made it’s safe sufficient for top-down pictures, Gerlach ready the dishes within the kitchen. Each labored tirelessly all through the primary day and photographed quite a few dishes however realized that the silver nitrate bathtub had turned dangerous which precipitated some plates to return out lower than best. As soon as the issue was corrected, they may return to taking pictures and producing profitable moist plate photos.

This isn’t the only kind of pictures and different points had been attributable to Hofstätter’s modified moist plate holder which didn’t keep in place and precipitated some plates to grow to be scratched.

“That is one thing each moist plate artist has to face sometimes,” says Hofstätter.

Nevertheless, most plates turned out precisely how they imagined it — stuffed with element and texture that may look nice as massive prints.

Shot with Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens

Hofstätter additionally shot some plates with a 150-year outdated Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens which created a swirly bokeh. Although the lens produced a powerful out-of-focus space, what was in focus — resembling the feel of the bread and the onion items — present nice element when carefully inspected.

Extra of Hofstätter’s work may be discovered on his web site, Instagram, and his weblog, together with a record of what instruments he makes use of for his wet-plate pictures. Hofstätter’s prints from the shoot may be considered on ArtPal.

Picture credit: All photos by Markus Hofstätter and used with permission.


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