WET PLATE COLLODION
with Jill Enfield
24 - 29 August 2021
Saga - Inderøy - Norway
Join the master of historical photo processes, Jill Enfield, in this hands-on workshop in Wet Plate Collodion Photography. The workshop cover all the steps in this prosess, from preparing and handling chemistry, cutting and cleaning glass, the dark room set up, getting correct exposures, and varnishing the finished plate.
Our Wet Plate Photography workshop will transport you back to the begin- ning of photography and teach you to create glass negatives and tintypes using wet plate techniques from the 1860s.
Our instructor Jill Enfield, has written two books about the topic and is regarded as one of America’s most experienced and respected alternative process artists.
The collodion process, which is said to have been invented in about 1850, was the first widely used photographic process that produced a negative
image on a transparent photographic medium. Other methods of the time, such as the Daguerreotype, produced a one-of-a-kind positive image, which could not be replicated easily. With the collodion process, however, the photographer could make an unlimited number of prints from a single negative.
The workshop will cover the entire process from cutting and preparing glass & aluminum, mixing and handling chemicals, safety procedures, making portable darkrooms, assessment of exposure time, evaluation of results, and all that goes into mastering the wet plate collodion process.
We will have cameras on loan for our students, but we suggest to bring your own, to get experience with a camera you can use after the workshop. Old cameras, which we will be using, have different 'personalities', and might take a while to get control over. For camera suggestion, the Kodak Brownie Camera (large size) suits this process very well. Large format cameras are also well-suited. Ebay is a good resource for Kodak Brownie Cameras.
NOK 10.200,- (deposit NOK 2.200,-). This does not include travel costs, accommodations or meals.
This workshop has a material fee of NOK 1.000,-, which covers all the material you need for the prosess, including chemistry, glass, tinn, varnish and equipment.
Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition inc. material fee, at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.
International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.
SAGA / ACCOMMODATION:
The workshop takes place at our creative center SAGA in Norway.
Saga is a creative retreat center, with large spacious rooms, a homely atmosphere, and beautiful nature right outside the door. The stress of day to day life is left behind when you enter our center, so you can focus all your energy on expanding your creative talent and adopting new skills. SAGA has a hotel section, which offers accommodation for participants during the workshop. If SAGA is fully booked we will organise alternative accommodation nearby in the same price range.
There are single beds in all of SAGA's hotel rooms. Most participants will have to share hotel room with one other participant of the same gender. If you are a group traveling together, or you have a preference when sharing a room, please make a note when registration for the workshop.
Saga is known for it's fresh homemade food. We will start each day with a healthy breakfast, before heading to class, or out shooting. We serve warm lunch at SAGA every day. Breakfast and varm lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay is included in the accommodation fee.
If you are not staying at our hotel you can still be part of the meal plan.
Meal Plan: breakfast, varm lunch, coffe/ tea and fruit pr day: Nok 455,-.
If you have any food allergies please let us know when you register for your class and we will try to accommodate your needs.
For dinner: the options will be discussed with the group on arrival. There are one restaurant in walking distance to SAGA, and several in driving distance. Dinner is not included. Saga has a full liquor license.
PRICE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS:
Shared double-room: NOK 1.200,- per person. The price includes shared double room, breakfast, warm home-cocked lunch, and coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay. To get a shared double room requires that we have another participant of your gender, that can share. If we do not, you will get a private room - see price below.
Private room: NOK 1.350,- per night. The price includes a private room, breakfast, warm home-cocked lunch, and coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay.
Payment for accommodations and meals is done directly to SAGA, before you depart. SAGA accept Visa and MasterCard.
GETTING TO THE LOCATION:
The closest airport to SAGA is Trondheim International Airport. From the airport, take the northbound train (towards Steinkjer), which stops at the airport terminal about every two hours. You will disembark the train at Røra Station (about 1 hour and 10 minutes) where NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and transport you to SAGA. Estimated travel time to SAGA from (Time include direct flight to Trondheim Airport + train to SAGA): Oslo: 2 hours / Bodø: 2 hours / Copenhagen: 3 hours / Stockholm: 3 hours / New York: 12 hours (NYC+Oslo+Trondheim)
You disembark the train at Røra Station and NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and take you to SAGA. Estimated travel time to Røra by train from: Oslo: 9 hours / Trondheim: 2 hours / Bodø: 9.5 hours / Storlien (Sweden): 3.5 hours. For the local train schedule see: www.nsb.no/rutetabell
Follow E6 to Røra, then RV 755 to Straumen.
Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.
Full: NOK 10.200,-
+ material: NOK 1.000,-
Deposit: NOK 3.200,-
Se payment details in the workshop description.
Registration on our workshops are binding
WHEN TO ARRIVE:
The workshop starts on the evening of the 24TH of August, at 7PM.
WHEN TO DEPART:
The workshop ends on the 29TH of August after lunch.
We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed on. The confirmation will happen no later than a month before the workshop start.
WHAT TO BRING:
Students are recommended to bring their own camera for Wet Plate Collodion. E-bay is a great resource for old cameras.
You should also bring an apron, and clothes and shoes you do not mind getting chemistry stains on. Protective eyewear,
and gloves we will supply.
If you react to chemistry smell, you might want to bring a chemistry mask. However our chemistry lab at SAGA has great ventilation.
Jill Enfield is one of America’s
most experienced and respected handcoloring artists.
She has taught hand-coloring and non-silver techniques at Parsons School of Design, The New School, and the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as in work- shops throughout the United States and Europe.
Jill’s more recent emphasis has been on the wet plate collodion process, originally used by Matthew Brady during the Civil War.
Jill’s personal work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, Camera Arts, PDN, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine, Shutterbug, Popular Photography, Digital Camera, and ZOOM.