Glass Plate Negatives


After some research in the B.C. archives, Trudi found a photograph of the exterior of the studio building at 562 Fisgard taken in the late 1800’s. We decided to re-enact this photographic event. This led us to researching glass plate photography.  This is a picture of us in the dark room creating the glass plates. It was an amazing process involving a strange gelatinous concoction of silver nitrate and other chemicals heated in a crock pot in the darkroom to be later cooled and then squeezed through a kitchen ‘ricer’ and then reheated. The liquid was then carefully poured onto the surface of a very clean pieces of glass, allowed to harden in the dark and then put into the back of a 4″ X5 camera and exposed.

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