03.04.12 by Jeff

Silver & Light

Silver & Light a wet plate collodion project by photographer Ian Ruhter
This is pure inspiration. Photographer Ian Ruhter took his life savings and converted a delivery truck into a giant camera. Not just any camera, one that could produce giant images with silver and light using an old photographic technique called a wet plate collodion process.

So what’s that? The collodion process was invented in the 1800s and is extremely tricky. It requires a plate to be coated in silver nitrate, and then sensitized, exposed, and developed before the plate dries (less than 15 minutes, according to Wikipedia).

Now some perspective for those of you who are shooting film and finding it a bit expensive, it costs Ian $500 to produce a single image!

Ian is currently driving his camera/darkroom/truck all over america looking for people and places to shoot. Want to be a part of it?

Watch the inspiring video below!

 

Silver & Light a wet plate collodion project by photographer Ian Ruhter

 

Levi Brown LA California. First ever skateboarding wet plate collodion.

Ian Ruhter Photography

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Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • http://www.marliesvalkering.nl Marlies Valkering

    GREAT!!!! Just love it!

  • http://www.miraruido.com/ MiraRuido

    As you said… Pure inspiration!!

  • Oliveira

    At the beggining seems like he’s manufacturing dugs.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      ya it looked like an episode of Breaking Bad

  • Du_mb

    un dos tres…… SPLASSSSSSHHHHHH

  • http://wishcandy.net Sashiko Yuen

    Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing this!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      ya np sashiko

  • Du_mb

    TOUCHING HERE, TOUCHING THERE, TOUCHING THE CORNER, TOUCHING UP, TOUCHING DOWN.
    ANOTHER SHOT….

  • vishal

    from the way they’re suited up it looks very toxic. I wonder how good it is for the environment.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      haha ya, cant be good….

    • Santa

      Most photography is not good for any environment. Even digital, the batteries end up somewhere. The chemicals that are still used to create archived prints are toxic and if seeped into streams it destroys ecosystems.. Unfortunately, that’s the price one pays for creating/capturing something so lasting and beautiful. Even old school techniques like oil painting are horribly toxic to environment and your health. But oh well, we artists continue doing it because we love it and you love seeing it.

  • http://www.mcacoinc.com Mark

    That is amazing. I’d love to see them in person, the detail must be insane.

  • Nate

    i’m glad he chose levi to photograph, such good style

  • Oneika

    I absolutely love this project. I started photography ten years ago, but took a break. I am back into & have been reading about the earlier beginnings. Thank you for bringing back a beautiful art form.

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  • jayccees feliz

    purely inspirational

  • Patricija Stepanovic

    For some reason I still find Sally Mann to be the only current master of wet plate collodion, i saw her exhibition in London two years ago and those plates are just breath taking.. So much story behind them. I feel like Ian Ruther wants to be a modern day Ansel Adams doing this whole Yosemite thing and I dont really get much from his prints, except ‘oh wow, how big they are’… Maybe I just need to find out more about him!

  • http://arianagillrie.com Ariana

    this guy is totally my hero

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  • Sarah

    so good to see someone so passionate and dedicated!

  • lepetitfaon

    going through the archives of Booooooom is so worth it to come across pieces like this, thank you Jeff! Beyond inspiring, such gorgeous work, it feels so good to see someone following their dreams

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      ya i am still inspired everytime i think about this project. someone really going after something





03.05.16 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Andrea Kowch

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Selection of paintings by artist Andrea Kowch. More images below.

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03.05.16 by Jeff

OURO Collective Presents “PACE” and “Kaleido”

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Heads up for anyone in the Vancouver area, our friends OURO Collective are presenting their new show featuring two works “PACE” (choreographed by OURO) and “Kaleido” (choreographed by Tentacle Tribe). Their work combines street and contemporary dance in a really unique way, and I’m excited to see this show. I’ve shot a couple of their rehearsals and have been planning a project with them in the future!

This is an event for anybody (all ages), and I especially recommend it if you’re a creative person – seeing a lot more dance shows in the past couple years has really inspired the things I’m working on in unexpected ways.

There are 3 evening shows May 5th-7th @ 7:30pm, and 1 matinee show May 8th @ 1:30pm. Advance tickets are available online here.

FYI tickets are slightly cheaper online vs at the door, and their previous show sold out and people were turned away at the door. The show has been kindly sponsored by Converse, with on-going support from Craft Academy SalonSpotlight Dance Centre and Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts.

 

03.05.16 by Jeff

Mind-Bending Photo Manipulations by Artist Laurent Rosset

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A selection of clever photo manipulations by photographer/architect Laurent Rosset, another artist experimenting with the illusion of landscapes which seem to fold back on themselves. You may recall Aydin Büyüktas’ work “Flatland” utilized a drone to create a very similar effect.

More of Rosset’s images below.

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03.05.16 by Jeff

Shit Robot – “Lose Control” Directed by Kevin McGloughlin

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One of my favourite videos so far this year! Kevin McGloughlin directs this mesmerizing visual for Shit Robot’s “Lose Control” featuring Nancy Whang. Stellar editing here – a perfect fit for the track. I’d love to know how some of these effects were achieved. Watch it over on Booooooom TV.

03.05.16 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: May

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Here is this month’s Reader Submissions post! Please share your work here if you’d like to be considered for a feature on Booooooom. The comments allow images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.

One of the things that makes Booooooom unique is all the encouraging comments people send back and forth on these monthly submission posts. The comments and upvotes do not go unnoticed! Voting up work is like high-fiving that person and it also helps us see what work you guys like! Remember, even if your work isn’t featured on the main site these posts can send some decent traffic to your portfolio!

The link at the bottom will open up this full post, simply scroll down and use the Disqus commenting system to submit your work.

 

Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.

 

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