In 2009 I found Wet Plate Collodion, my first encounter Was from my friend Tim who had a Gallery in the Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano. He was making Ambrotypes and I was shooting digital photography. His life went from photography to protecting the oceans. So he left the country and moved to Central America to save sea turtles. Tim has a non Profit vitalactionproject.org that saves a lot of turtles from being eaten. he left a lot of gear at my house. It sat for four years while I looked at it. I would look at it wonder what should I do with all this old chemistry. The strange silver tanks and boxes of stuff. Having no Idea what it was or how to use it.
So I started looking for a way to learn this process, I found William Dunniway and started making plates on Feb 12, 2015 with him. He taught me how to pour plates. He trained to make my own Chemistry, the way to be safe with it. how to be clean As well as maintaining a silver bath. from that Time I have been making at around fifty plates a week. This process is one of the most rewarding art forms I have found.