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.

For my website please visit : www.alextimmermans.com

Alex Timmermans

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

vrijdag 21 november 2014

How does a petzval lens looks like?

Every  now and then I receive questions about petzval lenses.
How does a petzval lens looks like, how the glass should be mounted, etc.
So I made this short video which shows you the inside of a petzval lens
and how the glass parts should be mounted.

For video click HERE


donderdag 23 oktober 2014

This is a new Video made by Patrice Lesueur. 
He acompannied me in the past few months during several wet plate shoots.
It gives you an insight how this process works behind the scenes.


vrijdag 3 oktober 2014

The making of " Icarus....."

Idea's can pop up in my mind but stay there for months.
This was one of those.
I made this picture in my mind already a dozen times before and now it is ready
it's not exactly what I was expecting.

It's not a bad plate but still not exactly what I am looking for.
Actually this plate got by far the most likes and has been shared hundreds of times.
So in the coming weeks I will have a remake of this one.
Thanks to Patrice for the digital files!
26x26cm Tintype
Hermagis 12"f 4.5 petzval
Exposure time was 20 seconds.

maandag 8 september 2014

"The Image Maker...."

As usual I already had this picture circling in my mind for months.
First I planned to make it inside a library or so but then realized that
it would fit much better in the series when made outside again.
The risk is always the weather but yesterday the weather gods were with us.
Cloudy but bright. So perfect weather to make a wet plate.
Again Johan Verhulst was hosting this shoot with his beautiful garden
but he was also the model.
Normally he’s behind the camera so this were his first modeling steps....
While making  the first plate I pulled out the slide of the holder while the cap wasn’t on the lens.
So don’t know the exact exposure time but it came our surprisingly well.

We made some minor changes on the set up and made 3 other plates.
As always the last one was the best it and it turned out to be the fastest shoot I ever did.
Plate was made within 2 hours!

As Ferry wasn't the model this time he was able to make some pictures of the shoot itself.

26x26cm black glass ambrotype
exposure time 6 seconds
Dallmeyer 3a at f4