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

August 10, 2017 - "Honoring Sky Woman" with my dear friend, liaison and collaborator for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Mo...
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Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Exhibition Nov. 3rd, 2017

August 10, 2017 - I have spent the last two years of my life capturing my friends in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on...
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Nokota Wild Horses on The Dakota Plains Captured in Wet Plate Collodion

July 20, 2017 - I am so proud to share the entire series of plates from my "Wild Horses of the Dakota Plains", captured in the historic...
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Myron Dewey from Digital Smoke Signals Captured in Wet Plate Collodion

July 13, 2017 - Myron Dewey, "Strong Thinker", Paiute Shoshone, for the series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Per...
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The Capsizing of Humanity - The Raft of the Medusa - A Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration

June 23, 2017 - "The Capsizing of Humanity", June 17th, 2017, a wet plate collaboration eight months in the making. I based this work on...
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We Dance for Those Who Cannot, Isabella Dawn Lebeau in Wet Plate

June 16, 2017 - "We Dance for Those Who Cannot" the prayer of little Isabella Dawn Lebeau, Standing Rock Hunkpapa, her Native American n...
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Richard Orville Grey Day "Wolf Eyes Looking" Hunkpapa Dakota in Wet Plate

May 02, 2017 - Richard Orville Grey Day, "Wolf Eyes Looking", Hunkpapa Dakota Standing Rock, for my series "Northern Plains Native Amer...
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Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn - Miss Indian World Captured in Wet Plate Collodion

April 20, 2017 - Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn, Miss Indian World 2016-2017, Hunkpapa Lakota / Inhanktowan Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Nation,...
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Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse - Keeper of Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe in Wet Plate

April 10, 2017 - Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse "Sacred Horse", Lakota Sioux, in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silv...
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Father John Floberg Rector at the Saint James Episcopal Church in Wet Plate Collodion

March 23, 2017 - Father John Floberg, "Nape Wakan" which translates as "Holy Hand", Rector at the Saint James Episcopal Church at Cannon...
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The Execution of Saint Sebastian in Wet Plate Collodion

March 23, 2017 - Saint Sebastian, Patron Saint of Athletes and Archers with Brandon L. Wetch. After being condemned by the Romans he was...
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"Kintsugi" with Rowyn Hjelle and her Scar from Adrenocortical Carcinoma in Wet Plate

March 20, 2017 - "Kintsugi" with Rowyn Hjelle and Dan Miller. 5x7" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process. Thi...
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"Tableau Vivant of the Condemned" Vampire Wet Plate Collodion Series

March 17, 2017 - "Tableau Vivant of the Condemned" Dan Miller and Rowyn Hjelle, 8x10" black glass Ambrotypes in the historic wet plate co...
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Brian Sorbo "My Eyes Have Seen Too Much" Dakota Access Pipeline NO DAPL!

March 02, 2017 - "My Eyes Have Seen Too Much" with Brian Sorbo, 5x7" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process. B...
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Archie Fool Bear "Afraid of Nothing" Yanktonai Dakota Sioux in Wet Plate

March 02, 2017 - Archie D. Fool Bear, (Kokipesni) "Afraid of Nothing", Upper Yanktonai Dakota Sioux, for the series "Northern Plains Nati...
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"The Son of God" with Mitch Miller in Wet Plate Collodion

February 02, 2017 - A triptych of plates, "The Son of God", "Temptationis Oblitus" and "The Struggle for Favor", with Mitch Miller, Brianna...
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Donald Trump "POTUS Revealed" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch

January 26, 2017 - Trumps signed executive orders to approve the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline, on my birthday no less, January 24, 2...
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"Tolerance by Oppression" with Sophie Landin in Wet Plate Collodion NO DAPL

January 12, 2017 - "Tolerance by Oppression", Plate #3 in my No Dakota Access Pipeline Series. 8x10' black glass ambrotype in the wet plate...
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"Death by Oil" with Darren Thompson in Wet Plate Collodion NO DAPL

December 02, 2016 - "Death by Oil" with Darren Thompson, dedicated to the Dakota 38 and to my Native American friends who are trying to push...
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United Tribes Technical College Pow Wow 2016 in Wet Plate

September 12, 2016 - "Empowerment Through Unity", United Tribes Technical College Pow Wow 2016. The entire crowd raised their right hand in s...
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"Love Water, Not Oil" with Dale American Horse, Jr. Dakota Access Pipeline

September 08, 2016 - "Love Water, Not Oil" with Dale Benjamin American Horse Jr., 8x10" black glass ambrotype in the wet plate collodion proc...
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Dakota Access Pipeline Dispute by Standing Rock Native Americans, August 15th, 2016

August 17, 2016 - "You Cannot Drink Oil", a chant that I heard many times while visiting my friends at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation...
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Orlando Scott Goff Featured in North Dakota History Journal, August 2016

August 09, 2016 - August 9th, 2016 RE: Orlando Scott Goff, “North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains”, Summer 2016 Dear...
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The Grand River at Sitting Bulls's Cabin with Ernie LaPointe, July 9th, 2016

August 03, 2016 - "The Grand River at Sitting Bull's Cabin" (Tataka Lyotake) with Ernie LaPointe, his Great Grandson. This is less than 20...
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The Fourth of July 2016 Balkowitsch Fireworks in Wet Plate

July 05, 2016 - I have wanted to for some years to try and capture our family fireworks finale when we celebrate Independence Day. I had...
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Clay Jenkinson Captured in the Historic Wet Plate Process, July 1st, 2016

July 05, 2016 - I was truly honored to share my beloved wet plate collodion process with historian Clay Jenkinson. We took a moment to c...
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Murderer's Gulch Wet Plate Collaboration, June 11th, 2016

June 21, 2016 - I am so very proud to be a part of the wet plate collaboration that took place is an alley in downtown Bismarck on June...
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Tigirlily - Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh in Wet Plate Collodion, May 1st, 2016

May 03, 2016 - Tigirlily, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh were bor...
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Monte Yellow Bird, "Black Pinto Horse" in Wet Plate, April 12th, 2016

April 13, 2016 - Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. "Black Pinto Horse", Arikara Hidatsa, in the wet plate collodion process. Plate #11 for the serie...
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Harold Bach, World War II Veteran in Wet Plate, April 1, 2016

April 06, 2016 - Corporal Harold Bach, World War II Veteran, 791st Quartermasters Trucking Company, he is 96 years old and is the last li...
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Dave Archambault II and Frank White Bull in Wet Plate, March 23rd, 2016

March 24, 2016 - My series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" for the Historical Society of North Dakota...
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Kevin Locke, "First to Arise" Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, February 23rd, 2016

February 25, 2016 - I am very honored to be able to capture Kevin Locke, a world renowned Native American flute player in my beloved wet pla...
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Scott Davis, Commisioner of North Dakota Indian Affairs in Wet Plate, February 16th, 2016

February 17, 2016 - I am presently working with the State Historical Society of North Dakota to produce 50 black glass ambrotypes of Native...
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Tonweya Tokaheya (Dakota Goodhouse) - Native American Indian Wet Plate, January 31st, 2016

February 02, 2016 - Tonweya Tokaheya (Dakota Goodhouse) in the wet plate collodion process. These are the first plates of a series I am work...
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"Amber of the Priory" with Amber Sams, January 22nd, 2016

January 25, 2016 - I had the distinct pleasure of having Amber Sams revisit my wet plate studio. I received a nun's habit from Lori Sager a...
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The Native American Deer Woman in Wet Plate Collodion, January 15th, 2016

January 18, 2016 - "The Deer Woman" Inspired by folklore from the Native American culture of the Pacific Northwest. A rewarding collabor...
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Mike Seminary, Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota, December 10th, 2015

December 11, 2015 - It was an honor to have my friend Mike Seminary in my studio to capture an image of him for the State Historical Society...
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"Inevitable Loss" with Jessie Leben, A Collaboration, December 8th, 2015

December 09, 2015 - I was very honored to have the students from the University of Mary out to my humble wet plate studio last night. We col...
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Kat Perkins in Wet Plate Collodion for the First Time, November 30th, 2015

December 02, 2015 - The one and only Kat Perkins visited my wet plate studio today for a couple of hours. She was raised here in North Dakot...
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Monsignor James P. Shea, University of Mary, Captured in Wet Plate, October 19th, 2015

November 04, 2015 - I had the true honor of capturing our very own Monsignor Shea from the University of Mary in the wet plate collodion pro...
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"An Early Morning Row" with Lou Hafermehl at McDowell Dam, August 29th, 2015

September 03, 2015 - I have known Lou Hafermehl for 17 years now. We met on a golf course when the clubhouse paired us up for a round togethe...
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David Borlaug from Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, August 21st, 2015

August 22, 2015 - I had the distinct pleasure of taking a wet plate portrait of a gentleman by the name of David Borlaug. He is the Presid...
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"The Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia" with Jessie Leben, July 22nd 2015

July 23, 2015 - Ophelia is a tragic figure of William Shakespeare, the fiancé to Hamlet. She is driven to insanity and ends her life by...
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"Departure on the Plains" at Fort Abraham Lincoln, July 12th, 2015

July 13, 2015 - "Departure on the Plains" is an idea that I have had for a while of a damsel laying in the tall grass on the plains. Thi...
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North Dakota State Capitol Building first time in Wet Plate, July 3rd, 2015

July 06, 2015 - I had the pleasure of capturing the historic and iconic North Dakota State Capitol Building here in Bismarck, ND. I was...
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Amber Sams Immortalized in Wet Plate, May 29th, 2015

May 30, 2015 - Very fortunate to have the company of Amber Sams in my studio today.
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Julia Margaret Cameron Honored with Wet Plate of The Kiss of Peace, May 27th, 2015

May 28, 2015 - "The Kiss of Peace" by Julia Margaret Cameron was taken in 1869, ten years before her death. I have always found her ima...
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The Bank of North Dakota Captured in Wet Plate for the State Archive, May 20th, 2015

May 28, 2015 - I am very honored to have captured the Bank of North Dakota for the State Historical Society of North Dakota in wet plat...
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My Beautiful Wife Captured in the beloved Wet Plate Collodion Process, May 9th, 2015

May 12, 2015 - I had the wonderful pleasure of spending some personal time with my wife Bonnie in my studio. She is the Mother of our f...
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Brittney Olsen and her 1923 Harley Davidson "J" Model Bike in Wet Plate, May 6th, 2015

May 07, 2015 - I had the huge pleasure of capturing Brittney Olsen and her 1923 Harley Davidson "J" Model dirt track bike in the wet pl...
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Barkeep by the name of Blaze Montana, May 1st, 2015

May 01, 2015 - Blaze Montana is a very skilled and seasoned bartender. He fell in love instantly with the process. He presently works a...
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Our Daughter Alyvia, Her First Wet Plate, May 1st, 2015

May 01, 2015 - Alyvia has been asking for months to have her wet plate portrait taken. She just turned 4 years old, so she has been pra...
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Karl Schroeder and his Wet Plate Collodion Session, April 24th, 2015

April 24, 2015 - I had the pleasure of having Karl in my studio today. We made a total of five plates, and one plate for my new Supernatu...
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Claus Lembke Inducted as North Dakota Hero, April 9th, 2015

April 09, 2015 - I had the pleasure of capturing Claus Lembke in the wet plate collodion process. The below plate with him in the suit wi...
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Corey Loren Carson from Elevate Studios, April 3rd, 2015

April 03, 2015 - I had the distinct pleasure of having fellow photographer Corey Carson from Elevate Studio in my wet plate studios today...
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Rachel Marie Handeland, April 3rd, 2014

April 03, 2015 - I had the pleasure of having Rachel in my studio today. We had many ideas and inspirations for our time together....
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Sabrina Hornung in Wet Plate Collodion, March 20th, 2015

March 21, 2015 - I had the pleasure of having Sabrina Horlung out to my studio. She is a fellow alternate process artist that specializes...
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Virgil Hill "Quicksilver" Wet Plate Series to Celebrate Final Fight and Career, February 20th, 2015

February 21, 2015 - Virgil Eugene Hill "Quicksilver" captured in silver on glass in the wet plate collodion process. A Silver medalist in th...
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The Killing of the Seven Sons of Niobe, February 7th, 2015

February 09, 2015 - "The Killing of the Seven Sons of Niobe " wet plate. This tale dates back to the Iliad over 3000 years ago. Niobe lost a...
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Complete Group of Strangers Visit my Studio, January 23rd, 2015

January 24, 2015 - I had the pleasure of having a young couple out to my studio, and I had another sitter scheduled as well. I had never me...
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My 1000th Wet Plate, Mike LaLonde, January 9th, 2015

January 12, 2015 - On October 4th, 2012 I made my very first wet plate. I have known for some time that my 1000th wet plate was approaching...
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Megan Keniston, January 9th, 2015

January 12, 2015 - Had the pleasure of having a local college student into the studio for a wet plate shoot.
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Mike Seminary, Major of Bismarck in Studio, December 19th, 2014

December 19, 2014 - I had the pleasure and honor of having the Mayor of Bismarck in my wet plate studio today. He was very interested in the...
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Samuel Hayes, the Musician, December 12th, 2014

December 13, 2014 - Jack came to my studio on his daughter's request knowing nothing about the process. He has a real appreciation for histo...
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Stranger Asking for Directions, Impromptu Wet Plate Session, December 12th, 2014

December 13, 2014 - Jeff happened to walk into my office asking directions. Within 5 minutes he was in a head brace having his plate taken i...
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Jack Glasser from Glasser Images in Studio, Decemeber 5th, 2014

December 08, 2014 - I had the pleasure of showing Jack Glasser the wet plate collodion process for the first time. www.glasserimages.com
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Mark Halvorson from State Historical Society of North Dakota, November 28th, 2014

November 29, 2014 - Mark is one of the lead archivists for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. He is very familiar with the wet pl...
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Kevin Tengesdal "The Wolfman", November 28th, 2014

November 29, 2014 - I had the pleasure of once again shooting my friend Kevin on Friday. He is the perfect subject and has the mechanics and...
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Frank Berdini, the 2014 Bismarck's Best Beard Champion, November 21st, 2014

November 23, 2014 - Frank Berdini is the reigning champion of the Bismarck's Best Beard Contest held by the Luft.
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Bismarck State College Art Students Visit, November 6th, 2014

November 07, 2014 - I had the great pleasure of having David Lewellyn's art class from Bismarck State College out to my wet plate studio. We...
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"From The Shards", Accident turns to Inspiration, October 24, 2014

October 28, 2014 - The first time in over 900 wet plates, I accidently dropped two of my 8x10 glass ambrotypes to the floor. The wood plate...
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Bismarck State College Art Class in Studio Visit, October 22nd, 2014

October 23, 2014 - I had the sincere pleasure of sharing the wet plate process with a group of art students from Bismarck State College, th...
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"Head in the Clouds", a Simple Handmade Prop, Oct. 7th, 2014

October 08, 2014 - I have had the idea for some time to bring a cloud into Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio. I created this storm cloud wit...
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Celebrating 2 Years of Wet Plating, Oct. 4th, 2012

October 04, 2014 - Two years ago today, Oct. 4th, 2012, I took my very first wet plate image, a portrait of my brother. We have made a comm...
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"Eternal Field" Admitted to Permanent Archives at State Historical Society, October 2nd, 2014

October 02, 2014 - I am so honored to have my wet plate of Ernie LaPointe called "Eternal Field" accepted into the permanent archives of th...
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Living Masterpieces 2014, Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, September 27th, 2014

September 27, 2014 - I was very excited to be a guest artist at Living Masterpieces, Art that Breathes, 2014. I was able to capture 9 of the...
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Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch. 

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