When most people think cameras, they think of small hand-held devices that can easily be tucked away into a back and carried about. But, if you ask Ian Ruther about his camera, he’ll tell you it’s the size of a delivery truck—literally. That’s because Ruther converted a truck into a mobile camera and processing lab, in which he travels the country creating large wet plate prints. Take a look at Ruther’s journey in the following video:
For those unfamiliar with the process, wet plate photography uses the collodion process which requires a silver bromide emulsion to develop the photographs onto sheet metal. Most of Ruther’s prints are done on 36 x 24-inch sheets of metal. Each print costs Ruther upwards of $500 to produce. But the results are unique works of art, made using an antiquated, but visually stunning process.
As you saw in the video, the process has been trial and error for Ruther and it appears that his diligence is paying off.
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