Kasia Wozniak : Wet Plate

Kasia Wozniak, is a photographer who specialises in the Wet Plate Collodion process, which is one of the earliest photography techniques dating back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Intrigued by how photographic images can become an object in its own right in today’s digital image making, Kasia is fascinated by the idea of creating a photographic image that is permanent and fragile, encapsulating the bespoke element of the photograph. Her work questions the authenticity of the image and how we view photographs today.

As she shares her working style, Kasia reveals she enjoys walking around new places and that people on the streets are a more interesting subject for her wet plate photography, and she prefers to connecting with people, which are important especially after her university.

Whenever the opportunity arises, Kasia would choose a mix of students and designers for her photography shoot collaborations. As for her subjects, she feels male subjects are easier to connect. Due to the nature of the tedious development process of wet plate photography, she stresses that each and every studio shoot needs to be thoroughly  planned. Some of her wet plates approaches are experimental to reflect the individual subject, such as cutting images physically or paint colours onto it, etc.

Through her lecture, I realised these traditional techniques have now become a niche area of photography. As much as these old techniques are no doubt fascinating to learn, it questions the sustainability of business income as compared to its digital counterpart remains much debated.

My question was how would a commission work be charged.

  • Depends on situation
  • The type of expenses & post process considerations

All in all, I feel that the responses were more general.

However, Kasia did open up on one detail which I have not really thought about previously: Why not use professional models?

Professional models want the shoot to be done fast; quickly in and out. They are not really engaged with the photo. Amateurs are better because it engages them with the photos.

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