I had the idea for some months about sending my son Greyson, who is 10 years old, into the stratosphere. I was able to find a generous and talented metal sculpture artist by the name of Ed Kidera in Maryland. I made a phone call and proposed a collaboration. He was so kind to agree to send me one of his metal sculpture jetpacks on loan for the shoot. The jetpack arrived and we got our other props together and we were ready for the launch. This was the first time that I have ever used live fireworks during an exposure as well. The entire afternoon was rather magical. The jetpack was very heavy and uncomfortable, but Greyson was a professional and did his best and never complained once, even thought it was obvious he was struggling. The most important thing about this collaboration is the time that I got to spend with my boy in studio. Hopefully some day he will think back and say "I remember the day I was able to fly in my Father's studio".
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch.