I'm in the process of obtaining everything I need to start shooting wet plate.
This is a very old photographic process, actually one of the first, where a plate of metal or glass is coated in a collodion, then sensitized in silver nitrate. The plate then has to be exposed and developed before the plate dries. If the plate dries, the image will be ruined.
Because of this, wet plate is almost instant photography, taking only a few minutes.
If you shoot on glass, the image is a negative. If you shoot on black painted metal (aluminum is used nowadays) the image is both a positive and a negative.
I want to start shooting wet plate because the images usually have a very haunting quality. Only blue and ultraviolet light is captured, so there is a grittyness to the image and peoples eyes really stand out. Landscapes also look much differnt than normal black and white photography.
I'm getting excited and can't wait for the chemicals to arrive!
Here are a few examples of wet plate. These aren't my images, just a few I like.
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And here is a video that Tested has done showing how it works.