Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn - Miss Indian World Captured in Wet Plate Collodion

April 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn, Miss Indian World 2016-2017, Hunkpapa Lakota / Inhanktowan Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Nation, for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".  She is the first lady from North Dakota to hold this prestigious crown.  The plate with her crown will be the plate donated to the Historical Society of North Dakota. 
 
Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes. 
 
http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/northernplains.htm
 
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Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse - Keeper of Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe in Wet Plate

April 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse "Sacred Horse", Lakota Sioux, in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. He is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. This plate will be permanently curated by the Historical Society of North Dakota at the Heritage Center in Bismarck for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".

My little makeshift wet plate studio was blessed by his presence. He entered my studio as a stranger and he left a friend. Below is a link that explains the history and the story that surrounds this important piece of Native American history.

http://www.firstpeople.us/…/The_White_Buffalo_Calf_Pipe-Unk…

8x10" black glass ambrotype, Carl Zeiss 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds on exposure with continuous florescent lighting.

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Father John Floberg Rector at the Saint James Episcopal Church in Wet Plate Collodion

March 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Father John Floberg, "Nape Wakan" which translates as "Holy Hand", Rector at the Saint James Episcopal Church at Cannon Ball, my new friend. He was an important spiritual figure during the turmoil at Standing Rock. This plate is being donated to the Historical Society of North Dakota in his honor. 8x10" black glass Ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass.  NO DAPL!

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The Execution of Saint Sebastian in Wet Plate Collodion

March 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Saint Sebastian, Patron Saint of Athletes and Archers with Brandon L. Wetch. After being condemned by the Romans he was shot with arrows and left for dead. The story goes that he was saved by Irene of Rome (Kim Olson) who nurtured him back to health. Once healed he quickly returned to the Romans to prove to them that he had survived. So they clubbed him to death.

8x10" black glass Ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure with continuous fluorescents lights.

 

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"Kintsugi" with Rowyn Hjelle and her Scar from Adrenocortical Carcinoma in Wet Plate

March 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"Kintsugi" with Rowyn Hjelle and Dan Miller. 5x7" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process. This pure silver image will last hundreds and hundreds of years.

In her words -

"I had a large adrenocortical carcinoma removed from my left adrenal gland just four months before this image. Doctors worked for five and a half hours to remove the tumor, my left kidney, my left adrenal gland, and repaired the damage to my inferior vena cava.

This image is highlighting my surgical scar, it is a reminder of how powerful our bodies are. It's a reminder that sometimes the radiant, loving light is best shown through the cracks.

In Japan, there is a 500-year-old art called kintsugi where craftsmen repair broken pottery with gold. This is interwoven with the wabi-sabi philosophy of finding beauty in broken things. Instead of trying to cover the crack or seeing it as having lost value, they make it stronger, more beautiful, more valuable, by repairing with gold.

Embrace your scars! Wear them like a medal of strength and honor! You're even more beautiful with them! You're so beautiful! Love your body!"

Rowyn Hjelle"Kintsugi" Adrenocortical Carcinoma Scar in Wet PlateRowyn Hjelle

Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch. 

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