1. Portraits Of Seattle #23 Dan Carrillo

    Dan Carrillo’s Wet Plate collodion ambrotype portraits are spreading all over Seattle. Seeing them instantly brings you to another time and knowing the process (Developed in 1851) behind them adds that much more respect the artist and his dedication to his craft. Dan has been working on a series of Seattle Artist portraits. Shooting each one on his 1930 Deardorff 11x14 View Camera. The monster camera itself has been modified to shoot the 8x10 wet glass plate collodion portraits he does. Earlier last year, I began to notice several friends facebook profile photos changing to these incredible images. I was intrigued and found myself practically stalking Dan’s flickr page for more uploads.

    dan carrillo: wet plates from Patrick Richardson Wright on Vimeo.

    Eventually, I was lucky enough to get to sit with him myself for my own portraits. Seeing the process first hand really helped to understand what kind of work goes into these. As with all photography lighting is important but it is all the added factors which can affect this process that are overwhelming. The collodion mix must be made by hand and requires mixing of various chemicals. The glass plates themselves are hand cut. Once finally taking the photo, the subject must remain still for upwards of 9 seconds at times due to the longer exposure times needed. After this the positive plate is soaked/rinsed and eventually placed on a hot plate to dry.

    The finished product speaks for itself but Dan is not limiting his primitive photography methods to this one process. He has been commissioning portraits to afford the class given on Photography’s first publicized method; Daguerreotypes. I would highly recommend anyone whose interested pay for one of these portraits and help Dan reach his goal; bringing a whole new amazing series of art to us all. Word has definitely been spreading around town as he was recently also featured in this The Seattle Times article. I wish Dan the best and am anxiously awaiting the book he will make with the Seattle Artists series.

    Writer Andrew Matson asked Dan the following 3 questions as part of the Portraits of Seattle Project:

    1. Why use anachronistic photography techniques?

    Because I end up with a unique and beautiful photo object. In the next year I plan on making daguerreotypes, which are the first type of photography and in my opinion, the most beautiful.

    2. What is it like when a photographer (you) gets his photo taken by another photographer (Kyle)? Is there a part of you that wants to tell him how to do his job?

    No, I just let the man do his job and trust he knows what he doing.

    3. I notice in some of your portraits using the Deardorff (ancient camera), your subjects wore old-timey clothes. When they showed up to the shoot, did you think, “Oh no! Now there’s not going to be a disconnect between my modern subject and this billion-years-ago camera!” Or did that not bother you?

    I don’t over think any of my shoots and I like to keep things simple. Most of the time the subject picks what they are wearing. No matter what the subject is wearing the photos always look as if they were taken 100 years ago.

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