The Process

Wet Plate Collodion is a photographic process from the mid 1850's. By the 1890's the process took a backseat as new methods of photography offered more convenience and less danger. Glass plates are covered with salted Collodion, then using Silver Nitrate to sensitise the plates images are created and developed with an Iron based developer. Cyanide is used to fix and Gum Sandarac and lavender oil is use to Varnish and seal the silver to prevent oxidisation. The level of fine detail obtained with this method still competes today with modern technology.