on Wet Collodion

Foto Come Una Volta

A few days ago I had the pleasure of participating in a long video interview with colleagues Alessio Vissani and Simone Frascarelli on the topic of antique wet collodion photography. Thanks to the initiative of DDM Fotografia, which decided to invite us for a chat about this fascinating technique, we had the opportunity to talk about optical benches, lenses, chemicals and DIY bellows.

The focus of the interview was the project Foto Come una Volta, born between Alessio, Simone and me more than a year ago with the intent to promote the Wet Collodion as ancient photographic technique.

Foto Come una Volta

At the beginning of 2020, with the photographic collective Foto Come una Volta, we set ourselves the goal of participating in many initiatives and events, organizing live demonstrations and wet collodion workshops around Italy. We wanted and want to bring this ancient technique to the attention of the public since in Italy it is almost unknown.
As we all know, the Covid 19 has beaten and is still beating hard. Unfortunately, therefore, all the activities planned with the collective Foto Come una Volta have been drastically interrupted while waiting for better times.
However, this interview is a tangible demonstration of the great potential put into the field and that we will soon have again the opportunity to present our projects to the public.

We talked about DIY optical benches, vintage lenses, the chemistry but mostly about how to get into the wonderful world of wet collodion and what you need at first.

In the meantime, enjoy this interview (take some time because it’s really long!).

If you like the world of ancient photography and wet collodion in particular stay tuned because, as soon as possible, it will start again with initiatives of Collodion & Co and the photo collective Foto Come Una Volta.