24.04.14 by Jeff

“Yosemite” by Photographer Ian Ruhter

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That little guy up on that cliff there is one of the most passionate photographers I’ve ever met. His name is Ian Ruhter and unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re already familiar with his Silver and Light project that’s seen his life savings become an old delivery truck / giant mobile camera. If this is news to you watch this, and this, and read about the time I met him in Vancouver.

Ian’s latest film sees him, and his co-conspirators Lane and Will, return to Yosemite a year and a half after what Ian calls his biggest failure in his life. “Yosemite” is a huge milestone in Ian’s inspiring project. Watch the video below!

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10.05.13 by Jeff

Photographer Ian Ruhter / Silver & Light Vancouver

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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!

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21.11.12 by Jeff

“American Dream” by Ian Ruhter

American Dream by photographer Ian Ruhter
If you are going to watch one video today, this is the one. Earlier this year I posted about photographer Ian Ruhter’s incredible “Silver & Light” project (see it here). Ian built the world’s largest wet plate camera inside of a truck and now he travels around creating these insanely beautiful large scale images using silver and light. Each one costs him about $500 a pop to produce.

“American Dream” gives us a small glimpse into Ian’s travels so far, meeting people, and hearing their incredible stories as he shoots their portraits. Inspiring stuff! Watch below!

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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!

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