i am not comfortable walking around shooting street photography. i don’t have the nerve to ask anyone for a picture. my plan was to catch a cab and head downtown and instead i decided to walk. sometimes the best encounters happen by chance.
i met Ken on the corner of 6th avenue and 31st street. i first saw the camera then the box. it stopped me right in my tracks.
i was very patient and waited until he was developing one of his glass plates then we talked. he is a very fascinating and generous person. i mustered the courage to ask him if I could take pictures and he graciously agreed. he offered advice and wisdom to a total stranger. my fascination with the wet plate process is growing more and more each day.
i love that his camera is old beyond ages and the process he uses is even older yet it produces on the most magnificent pictures i have ever seen. the framed show has made a special and you can see the process from beginning to end.
stepping out of my comfort zone was extremely rewarding.