I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.

This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.

Alex Timmermans

"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"

dinsdag 1 april 2014

My next exhibition at Do's interiors

The opening of my next exhibition will be on coming Saturday and Sunday
at 13:00 hours at DO's interiors in Eindhoven.
They are celebrating their 12,5 year jubilee. see: http://www.do-s.nl/

 Interested to see some of my new work?
Just hop in and have a glass of "bubbles"....

Many thanks to Anke and Ton  for offering me this opportunity!!


zondag 23 maart 2014

European Collodion Weekend ECW 2014

Dear wet platers, 
It’s official now!
The next European collodion Weekend ECW  will take place during the weekend of May 3-4
For now we have about 50 participants which also will be about the max.
I want it to be a gathering, not a festival….;)

Also this year wet platers coming from all over the World.
So maybe next year we will have to name it WCW?
The goal is to learn from each other, show gear and skills and just having fun.
May 3th will be exclusive for the participants.

On Sunday May 4th the event is open for public.
Free access.
So mark your agendas, May 4th 2014!!

Many thanks to Jan Dijkshoorn of Burogram for the design of the 2014 poster

woensdag 26 februari 2014

Shoot at "Studio Job"

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the owners of Studio Job, Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets.
Two top designers who's work is extremely creative.
Their work is in collections of several international museums all over the world.

They were looking for some new portraits for their pr request for 2014
After they saw the plate I made of Erwin Olaf they wanted to have something similar.
As you already know, to do this on location takes a lot of preparation and time.
It's my worst nightmare arriving on location and than realize that you have forgotten something to take with you.
But everything went just fine. Actually, every worked just perfect.
I was invited to use their studio, which was huge!  Would love to have such a place myself.

They were very patient and cooperative and really loved to see the whole process.
And, they were extremely happy with the final result.


Black Glass ambrotype
18x24 cm
exposure time 5 seconds

Black Glass ambrotype
18x24 cm
exposure time 5 seconds

zondag 9 februari 2014


At the end of todays shooting  I was able to make a "cuicky".
All kinds of trouble.... First plate was ready for use, but it turned out to be too wide so it didn't fit in the plate holder. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh.

So quickly cut a new one, cleaned it (to fast) and made this plate.
So not the cleanest plate I made but I somehow like it...

18x24cm black glass ambrotype
Dallmeyer 3a wide open f4
Exposure time 5 seconds