The Studio is a boutique portrait studio specialising in the wet plate collodion process, a photographic technique invented in the early 1850's. Each image is hand crafted, producing an original direct-positive image on a sheet of glass or aluminium plate. A portrait session takes two to three hours, dependent on the number of people being photographed. The resulting images are unique and portray a timeless beauty and character not seen in today's digital world.
Using equipment and techniques developed during the Victorian era, the photographic plates are individually coated and sensitised in the darkroom. They are then exposed and developed while wet; hence the term wet plate process. Once the plates have been fixed, washed and dried, they are coated in a gum sandarac varnish that preserves and protects them for generations.
Being invited into the darkroom to observe this historical photographic process is memorable. Watching the image appear on the plate surface is mesmerising; an experience that few people now have the opportunity to witness. At the end of the session, clients leave with a unique and original hand-made portrait and a complimentary digital file of their image.