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Hand-Coloring to Add Life

written by: Jill Enfield

When I went to Sicily for a show of my work several years ago, I tacked on some time for travel so that I could shoot without interruption. The gallery owner took me on a daytrip to Taormina, a beautiful coastal town not far from where she lived. However, once we got to Taormina, it began to rain. Even though Kodak infrared film was called High Speed, it was anything but that. I always shot at ISO 250 with a #25 red filter, which knocked the ISO down another two stops. Given the dark storm clouds, I did not have Read more »

Liquid Emulsion on Tile with Hand Painting

written by: Jill Enfield

Every year my children’s school has an auction to raise money and I always donate one of my images. A few years ago I decided to do something especially for the school. I had been working with photographic emulsion on tiles on and off for a few years, but had never hand-painted on top of the emulsion. Doing this kind of project, where I have a deadline, helps push me to try new things. I planned to donate the tiles to the school where they would be embedded in a wall, but before doing that, I scanned the tiles and made prints Read more »

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Wet-Plate Collodion Photography

Discover a century-old, uniquely expressive hands-on process
written by: Jill Enfield

Wet-plate collodion photography has been around since Frederick Scott Archer introduced it to the world in 1851. Collodion was used to produce glass negatives as well as ambrotypes and tintypes. It usurped the Daguerreotype in its ease and versatility, and has aesthetic merit today. When slightly over-exposed and over-developed, a beautiful negative is created that can be used to produce multiple prints of the same image. When under-exposed and under-developed, a beautiful thin negative is produced on glass that, when backed with black, appears as a positive. When exposed onto a piece of metal (not really tin, but a blackened piece Read more »