Wet Plate Collodion Workshops – Spring 2015

The next workshops in 2015 will be here at Villa Roquette on April 25th and 26th and on May 9th and 10th – we take a maximum of six students for each course so personal attention is guaranteed.

Based in the heart of Languedoc, in the South of France, we are close to some of the most beautiful areas in europe – the langudocBational park is on our doorstep and the “Canal du Midi” is a World Heritage site.

With our mobile darkroom you can make large plates and tintypes on location and visit towns established by the Ancient Greeks and Roams, the Mediterranean and the wild unspoilt countryside of Languedoc.

Students can arrange to come days earlier and stay later (as long as they wish), if you stay longer or come earlier the charges are the standard for VillaRoquette plus students can make use of the darkroom, lab, studio and all facilities of VillaRoquette with no extra charges for these services. Cameras, lenses and a wide range of equipment is available.

Students are welcome to bring friends or partners, the inclusive accommodation is priced for a double room. There will be a supplement for meals for those not on the workshop

A prominent artist and lecturer, John Brewer is an expert in wet plate collodion and alternative photographic processes. In the last few years he has mentored hundreds of artists, photographers and hobbyists in wet plate collodion and a great range of students, including many well-known professional photographers, come from all over the world to attend his workshops. John has exhibited internationally and his work is held in private collections worldwide.

 
Educated at Oxford and Harvard, Dr Kate Horsley is a writer and university lecturer who specialises in gothic fiction and has just published her first novel. Kate’s wet plate collodion work has been exhibited nationally, collected privately and included in an international series. For the last two years she has taught wet plate photography with John in venues across the UK.
 
This two day residential course is designed for a group of six students, all of whom will be provided with John’s comprehensive thirty page wet plate collodion manual. To ensure close personal attention, John and Kate will have the support of Tony Tidswell, a professional photographer who is fluent in French.
 
Accommodation will be included and students are welcome to bring friends or partners not attending the course. They have the option of staying in the Villa Roquette for additional days, with full use of the equipment and services provided. A film darkroom area is available to guests for use after the workshop has finished and there is a range of photographic equipment available; students are welcome to bring their own large format camera if they wish.
 
The total price for the course, including two days’ tuition and accommodation, materials, use of equipment, meals and all services of Villa Roquette is £475. Students staying longer or bringing friends or family pay only the (very reasonable) standard supplementary charges.
 
Delivered in English, this course will cover John’s complete wet plate collodion syllabus, enriched by informal discussions over breakfast, lunch and the Saturday evening meal. Wonderful local food and wines are in unlimited supply for all. To add to this, the beautiful countryside, the Mediterranean, French farming villages and sunshine provide fantastic atmosphere as well as spectacular photographic subject-matter.

 

The First 60 years

Sorting through some recent photos I found this interesting snap which condenses my love of photography from when I started to look and see with a camera 60 years ago, to today.

This deserves a caption competition - Me with my Nikon SP and my Pen-P3
This deserves a caption competition -Me with my Nikon SP and my Pen-P3

I have been taking photos for over 60 years. In this snap I am holding the type of camera which inspired me over 60 years ago – the Nikon SP with the 50mm 1.4 – which is without doubt the best 35mm camera ever made (OK possibly the 1.5 is better but only if it is on a Leica IIIf)- I also have an Olympus Pen P3 on my shoulder but at least this has the Zuiko 55mm 1.2 lens on it and is permanently on manual. I use the Nikon as my standard miniature camera (as well as the Olympus OM1 sometimes 🙂 ).

I was inspired by one of the best photographers of the 20th century – David Duncan Douglas – in my opinion, THE best photographer of the 20th century (and I include Ansel Adams in this).

I wish I could remember what I was saying in the photo, but it was probably about the Nikon as I was talking to another photographer….

2337 A Number to Remember

Why is this site called 2337 – well mainly because I happened to have the domain name and it is easy to remember, so I kept it to use here.

What is this site all about – in one word – passion – my passion for good photography.So what is (in my not so humble opinion) “good photography” – that is difficult to answer as my thoughts vary on this every day – but I suppose the simplest way I can state this is – photography is (for me) an image from a real event, in real time, recorded by capturing carefully and accurately the light that is reflected from this event and sharing a reproduction of this image which shows the “truth” and the “virtue” the event.

So “good” photography is using the techniques available to do this very well.

This gives plenty of opportunity for discussion and misinterpretation, but it is what I believe.