"Who Will Stop Us?" Michael Foster Keystone Pipeline Valve Turner

October 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

“Who Will Stop Us”, a Wet Plate of Michael Foster.  Mr. Foster is the valve turner who shut down the Keystone Pipeline last year in Pembina County for 7 hours. This week he is facing upwards of 22 years imprisonment if found guilty.

The oil company calls him an eco-terrorist, some would call him a martyr.  You can read his story by my friend Christopher Hagen.

http://hpr1.com/index.php/feature/news/bolt-cutters-and-chrysanthemums/

http://hpr1.com/index.php/feature/news/a-valve-turners-trial-mostly-guilty/

by Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistMichael Foster "Who Will Stop Us?" Wet Plate CollodionMichael Turner Keystone Pipeline Valve Turner

 


"Study of a Blacksmith's Dowward Hammer Strike" in Wet Plate with Steve Schirber

September 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"Study of a Blacksmith's Downward Hammer Strike", with Steve Schirber, in honor of Eadweard Muybridge.

8x10" black glass ambrotype a in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 12 seconds of exposure, continuous fluorescent lighting, NO flash.

Wet Plate CollodionStudy of a Blacksmith's Downward Hammer Strike in Wet PlateStudy of a Blacksmith's Downward Hammer Strike in Wet Plate with Steve Schirber

 


Charles Recountre "Not Afraid to Look" DAPL Captured in Wet Plate

September 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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Charles Rencountre, "Medicine Horse", Kul Wicisa Oyate, for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".  8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic process of pure silver on glass. 

"Not Afraid to Look" is a large 8' tall cement sculpture that Charles created at Standing Rock during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests last year.  Incidentally it is the only thing still standing at the Camp of the Sacred Stone.  It was a true honor to have this important artist into my studio.  He brought a maquette of the original work with him and it was important for us to feature it in his wet plate.

 https://www.ecowatch.com/standing-rock-not-afraid-to-look-2107100951.html

Charles RencountreCharles Rencountre "Not Afraid to Look" SculptureCharles Rencountre Charles RencountreCharles Rencountre "Not Afraid to Look" SculptureCharles Rencountre

 


August 21st, 2017 Solar Eclipse Captured in Wet Plate Collodion

August 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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Solar Eclipse, August 21st, 2017 at 12:32pm, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. 7" round glass black ambrotype, f45, <1 second of exposure with manual lens cap, Carl Zeiss 360mm lens.

A solar eclipse is very significant in the Native American culture and is held with high regard. On August 7th, 1869 a total eclipse was well documented, below is the blog post of my friend Tonweya Tokaheya (Dakota Goodhouse).

http://thefirstscout.blogspot.com/2017/08/eclipse-is-time-for-prayer-and.html

 


"Honoring Sky Woman" with Margaret Landin in the Wet Plate Collodion Process

August 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"Honoring Sky Woman" with my dear friend, liaison and collaborator for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".  7x7" square glass black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process.   

http://dept.cs.williams.edu/~lindsey/myths/myths_12.html

http://www.native-languages.org/morelegends/sky-woman.htm

Anyone who creates in wet plate knows that clouds very rarely will appear in the process, but on this magical day, they made themselves known to both Margaret and I. 

Carl Zeiss Tessar 250mm lens, f11, 2 seconds of exposure. 

"Honoring Sky Woman" with Margaret Landin in the wet plate collodion processHonoring Sky Woman Black Glass Ambrotype

 

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

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