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Josh LeClair uses wet plate collodion photography to do studio portraits in the Fargo area.
Josh LeClair uses wet plate collodion photography to do studio portraits in the Fargo area.
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I've been doing photography since high school, where I used to spend hours in the darkroom making prints.  Now, I'm a professional photographer that uses 99% digital and I would love to get back to my roots.  Portrait photography is my goal here, to make a series of people I work with, friends, and anyone else interesting I can get into the studio.  With the wet plate process it takes longer, so it will be good to slow down for myself as well as my subjects to get a unique looking portrait.

Inspiration - Ian Ruhter has inspired me to try something different rather than just typical black and white photography, by converting a awesome truck into a giant camera that does wet plate collodion photography.  You can see what I mean by this link - https://vimeo.com/39578584

I'm reaching out for funding because there is some cost to starting this project - chemicals, black anodized aluminum (what the photos appear on), a book and video series telling me everything I need to know, and hopefully a bit of a bigger camera.  I'll start with my little camera (the Kodak that's on this project) and then go from there.

For those who don't know me, I love sharing my photography and knowledge of photography with anyone who will listen.  This project will give me the opportunity to connect with more people by taking photos of them, what they do, and/or where they live.  

Thanks so much for your time, and I can't wait to start this project!  Backers, provided this project goes well you may get more than what you were originally promised - I really want to under promise and over deliver!

Risks and challenges

Learning wet plate collodion has a curve to it, especially in dealing with the chemicals that can sometimes be fickle. I'm not one to give up as soon as something goes wrong, so you can be sure to see updates of how the project is going and how the photos are turning out.

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FAQ

  • The Kodak camera I'll be using has a size of around 3"x4" approximately, and the photo will be on black aluminum.

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  • Definitely - since this is a portrait project, once I have made quite a wet plate photos I can scan them in and then send a pdf to your email for you to choose which one you'd like.

    If you live in the Fargo/Moorhead area, or are willing to travel, there is a good chance I could take your photograph and then you could choose that!

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Backers will get a scanned 4x6 print of a wet plate collodion print and a personal thank you.

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    Backers will get a scanned 8x10 print of a wet plate collodion print and a personal thank you.

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    Backers will get a scanned 11x14 print of a wet plate collodion print and a personal thank you.

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    If you live in the Fargo/Moorhead area, there is a very good possibility I could take a wet plate photo of you - to be determined!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Backers will get a actual wet plate collodion photograph sent to them and a personal thank you!

    If you live in the Fargo/Moorhead area, there is a very good possibility I could take a wet plate photo of you - to be determined!

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Funding period

- (30 days)