10.05.13 by Jeff

Photographer Ian Ruhter / Silver & Light Vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver
You might recall, last April I wrote about Ian Ruhter’s incredible project where he took his life savings and turned an old delivery truck into a giant mobile camera. Ruhter designed his camera to produce enormous images with silver and light using an old photographic technique called a wet plate collodion process. Watch the videos here and here.

Last month he was here in Vancouver, with his truck, and a talented crew made up of Lane Power, Madeline Druce, and Will Eichelberger. The team spent an entire month here, driving the truck to random locations, making wet plates, and meeting as many people as they could.

My friend Maurice and I caught up with them in the lower east side as they were making the portrait that Ian (left) is holding in the image above.

A couple days later they invited us to their house and we got to see stacks of images they created while they were here. Take a look below!

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver

You really have to watch the videos I mentioned above to fully appreciate the work that goes into making these images. It was such an inspiration to be around them. Ian says they’ll be releasing a full length video of the Vancouver trip – I can’t wait.

Big thanks to Maurice Li who shot all the photos here except for 1,8,12 (which I shot). Make sure you follow Madeline’s Tumblr, she’s beautifully documented their adventures.

 

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Ian Ruhter Photography

 













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



  • The quality of those photos is amazing, particularly considering they used the truck to do it.

    It would be great if more artists included details of their process when selling or displaying their work, the story is half the value here.

    • ya and i like how they’re using the project and the portraits as a chance for people to share their story. i can relate a lot to what they’re doing because in the end it’s less about the photography and more just about creating an opportunity to connect with people

  • Nate

    sick!

  • Ralph

    what’re these photos taken on? The blog photos…

    • mine were just shot on my iphone – maurice had an SLR maybe he’ll respond here..

    • mauriceli

      Sorry for the late reply! These photos were taken on a Canon 60D and edited using an iPhone!

  • This is such an inspiring project.





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