The 2017 Photographer's Rendezvous
Baker Morrell Scholarship winner
Every year we give the Baker Morrell Scholarship to a up and coming photographer. Last year we proudly presented Catherine Segura with the $1000.00 Baker Morrell Scholarship Award and gave her a very warm welcome to our group.
Catherine did a edifying presentation and demonstration of the Wet Plate photographic process. A 1850's process using chemically treated wet emulsion glass/metal plates. It's relatively quick and portable in comparison to other competing 1850's photographic processes (it was the Polaroid of it's day) . The process begins, when a glass/metal plate is coated with an emulsion and then sensitized with liquid chemistry. The plate must be exposed and developed within 10-15 minutes while still wet. The photographic images produced are stunning and once varnished, are very durable.
Catherine's use of period piece lenses and cameras was captivating. Being able to make beautiful glass/metal plate photograph anywhere using her portable dark room was remarkable. From wet plate to developed photo in less than 15 minutes... not bad at all for 1850.
It's so encouraging to see a young, dedicated photographer embracing and mastering such a timeless, elegant process.
Special thanks to Catherine's Mom and Dad for their assistance in making the demonstration so successful.
For more information about Catherine and wet plates photography check out her website http://www.catherinesegura.com
If you want to see her at work, creating beautiful tin types and glass plate photographs. You can see her do her magic, In San Diego, Ca., at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego!
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