Springfield, MO Fine Arts - What is Digital Wet Plate Photography?

Carolyn and I are proud to introduce our new Fine Art Gallery of Digital Wet Plate Imagery...

Susie's Rose - Available for online purchase in our gallery - CLICK HERE TO VISIT GALLERY

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The traditional 19th century art of the wet plate collodion photographic process has interested me since I learned of it several years ago. 

As the name implies, it was a wet chemical process, invented in 1851. It originally had to be done in its entirety – from preparing the chemicals and loading the camera to developing the final image after taking it - within about 10 minutes, making it incredibly impractical if you wanted to be mobile because you had to haul the entire darkroom with you. 

 Skyline of Downtown Springfield, Missouri - Available for online purchase in our gallery -  CLICK HERE TO VISIT GALLERY

Skyline of Downtown Springfield, Missouri - Available for online purchase in our gallery - CLICK HERE TO VISIT GALLERY

This process is most often associated with tintypes, but there are also ambrotypes and daguerreotypes - the latter of which was a slightly different process and eventually replaced the wet plate process due to its practicality.

 Available for online purchase in our gallery -  CLICK HERE TO VISIT GALLERY

Available for online purchase in our gallery - CLICK HERE TO VISIT GALLERY

However, the tedious process provided that ever-so-familiar antique look we’ve all seen; the dark overtones, the brown shadows and vanilla highlights, those worn and deteriorated edges and corners, that almost ghostly appearance of people. 

 Available for online purchase in our gallery -  CLICK HERE TO VISIT GALLERY

Available for online purchase in our gallery - CLICK HERE TO VISIT GALLERY


Our love for the digital wet plate process started as a hobby, but the moment we shared these with our loved ones, they began asking how to own one. So, for the first time ever, we are making our fine art prints available for purchase! 

 To further emulate the traditional properties of true wet plate photography beyond our digital process, we choose quality metal, ready to display on the walls of your home and treasure for a lifetime. The images are available in sizes:
8x12"
16x24"
24x36"
In an effort to provide unique and gorgeous images you can instantly display on the walls of your home, all metal prints are delivered ready-to-hang, at no additional cost to you.  

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fine art by kent & carolyn photography