Getting out of my comfort zone and meeting an early photography process

 

 

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.

 

 

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