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


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

  • GREAT!!!! Just love it!

  • As you said… Pure inspiration!!

  • Oliveira

    At the beggining seems like he’s manufacturing dugs.

    • ya it looked like an episode of Breaking Bad

  • Du_mb

    un dos tres…… SPLASSSSSSHHHHHH

  • Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Du_mb


  • vishal

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

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

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

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