Glass Plates - Old

Fine art photography on vintage and antique glass plates of images made with antique cameras.

I mostly use photographic paper instead of the glass plates that would have been used originally in the cameras from c1900.

In a small secondhand camera shop in Dorset, I found for sale a box of photographic glass plates from the early 1930s and had to try these in my cameras. I later sourced more old plates through online auction sites

Using the ISO as very slow 2 I got some success, once I hasd worked out which face of the plate was light sensitive. The plates have a dark backing so have to be used the correct way round. They were packed with the outer plates of the pile of 12 with the light sensitive side facing inwards. The rest of the plates were in pairs facing each other. The plates show various aged effects from mottling to spots and some fern-like impressions. Each effect adding atmosphere to the image. 

There is something very special today to have an image that is as substantial as a piece of glass rather than an ephemeral digital file.

© September 2020 by Simon Williams