"A Novel's Nefarious Ending" Wet Plate Collodion Diptych by Shane Balkowitsch

August 16, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", a diptych, with Shelbe Ann Neubauer and Ethan Michael, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. The book tells the tail of an unexpected visitor later that afternoon.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, 9 seconds and 3 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes, natural light at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota.

Styling and prop assistance of Laine Pope (propmaster of the studio) and behind the scene assistance of Chad Nodland (digital photographer of the studio).


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"No Vaccine For Death" Large Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration University of Mary

July 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschNo Vaccine For Death, A Wet Plate CollaborationNo Vaccine For Death “No Vaccine For Death” a wet plate collaboration in the historic process of silver on glass. 89 collaborators gathering for no other reason than to create together. We pulled this off with 18 months of planning and zero budget.  

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f11, 1 second of exposure, 8x10” black glass ambrotype, at the University of Mary, by Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio.  Colored photographs by Chad Nodland the official digital photographer for my studio.  

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NO VACCINE FOR DEATH

A Wet Plate Collaboration

July 17th, 2021

University of Mary at The Marian Grotto

Bismarck, North Dakota

Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist

 

LIST OF COLLABORATORS

Cast:                         Support Staff and Crew:

Brenda Miller (Plague Doctor) Marek Dojs, Director

Adam Steen (King)             Michele Oster Renner, Costumes

Greyson Balkowitsch (Death)   Tom Wirtz, Assistant w/ Camera

Sharon Balkowitsch (Dutchess) Ivy Brown Jacobson, Hair

Mike Swenson (Body in Coffin) Michael Stevenson, Costume Design

John LaLonde (Judas on Boat)  Jason Lueder, Master Carpenter

Kevin Tengesdal (Throat Slit) Laine Pope, Prop Master

Lance Loken                   Andrea Heidrich, Hair        

Charlene Lelm (Lady at Table) Anthony Nelson, Set Designer             

Emily Brandt (Dead Body)      Chad Nodland, Head Photographer

Bonnie Balkowitsch (Queen)    Paul Noot, Master Artist

Abby Balkowitsch (Sister)     Katherine Corbett, Photography    

Jessica Gustafson (Skeleton)  John Moore, Photography

Benjamin Helget               Kelli Jo Swenson, Set Lead

Eric Bobby (Running Naked)    Dustin White, Writer & Poet

Amber Sams                    Melanie Kuntz Malsam, Make-up

Laine Pope (Jester)           Shantel Arendes, Bones

Karel Sovak (Grim Reaper)     Chad Balkowitsch, Trailer

Peter Woodrow (Laying Hands)  Carol Carlson, Support

Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders     Nancy Willis, Support

Sami Saunders                 James Kyle, Photography

Tiana Saunders                Marcus Johnson, Photography

Alicia Leingang (Skeleton)    Travis Blankenbaker, Armorer

Carlee Gifford (Dead Lady)    W. Scott Olsen, Writer / Reporter

Alyvia Balkowitsch (Child)    Peter Johnson, Support

Mahliya Balkowitsch           Marsha Johnson, Support

Gregg Rutter (Apostle)        John Sweeney, Coffin         

Rachel Praus (Plagued Soul)   Jerry Lindblom, Support           

David Leingang (Shield)       Eileen Heidrich, Props       

Catherine A. Segura (Lute)    Harry Heidrich, Support Vehicle

Clint Saunders (Plundering)   Anne Polasky (Support)

Herbert Ascherman, Jr.        Judith Hammer (Support)

Asher Nodland

Adam Hasbargen (Skeleton)

Monte Faul (Breaking Wheel)

Maja Dojs

Katja Dojs

Winona Kozak (Skeleton)

Derek Lowstuter (Skeleton)

Justin Boone

Molly Clark

John Brule

Gabby Nistler

Ahlauna King

Kailyn Allen

Danielle Monzelowsky (Lady)

Eric Monzelowsky (Lord)

Bobbi Holzworth (Skeleton)

Doug Wurtz (Skeleton)

Rissa Williams (Skeleton)

                            

SUPPORTERS:

University of Mary, Monsignor James P. Shea

University of Mary, Dr. Karel Sovak (Dean)

Bismarck Historical Society, Mike LaLonde

State Historical Society of ND, Bill Peterson, Emily Ergen, Lindsay Schott and Joy Pitts

Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative (BDAC), Paul Noot

Image Printing, Inc., Todd Clausnitzer

The Princess Hotel (Mural Installation), Rolf Eggers

 

“NO VACCINE FOR DEATH”

Death, the great equalizer

Creating an equality among all

Showing mercy for none

 

No needle to stop it

No booster to slow

Ever marching on

Giving life a constant

 

Inspiring hope in some

Driving them to greatness

Knowing our time is short

Making the most of what is left

 

By Dustin White, July 7th, 2021

 


 


"Fading Away, Again" Wet Plate Collodion Inspired by Henry Peach Robinson

June 09, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Fading Away - Henry Peach Robinson“Fading Away, Again”, with Eden Jackson, Kathryn Jardee and Myself Inspired by Henry Peach RobinsonFading Away, Again Wet Plate Collodion

“Fading Away, Again”, with Eden Jackson, Kathryn Jardee and myself, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. The scene centers on a bedridden young woman dying of tuberculosis, a disease that has been held at bay with modern day vaccinations.

In 1858 Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901) exhibited “Fading Away” (1858), a picture skillfully printed from five different negatives. This work depicted the peaceful death of a young girl surrounded by her grieving family. Although the photograph was the product of Robinson’s imagination, many viewers felt that such a scene was too painful to be tastefully rendered by such a literal medium as photography. The controversy, however, made him the most famous photographer in England and the leader of the Pictorialist movement, which advocated achieving painterly effects in photography. George Eastman House is the curator of the original works.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotype, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylights bolstered by one continuous fixture, Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota. Lens cap removal and set assistance by Tom Wirtz.


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Apple Creek Gallery - University Of Mary Dedicated to Northern Plains Native Americans

March 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

The Apple Creek Gallery at the University of Mary, dedicated to my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective", Thank you Monsignor Shea and Austin for bringing this permanent art installation to life. The gallery can be found in the new Lumen Vitae Center at the University here in Bismarck.  What an honor to have my work here just a mile up the hill from my original makeshift studio. Thank you Monsignor Shea for thinking my work warrants this attention. 

Video of Shane Seeing Gallery for First Time on 3-4-2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKu68-9VtuI

KX News story of Apple Gallery: https://www.kxnet.com/news/top-stories/university-of-mary-displays-room-with-local-photographers-pieces/

 

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Dedication at the Apple Creek GalleryThe Apple Creek Battle

 

Digital photos by Chad Nodland the Official Digital Photographer of Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio

 


Cheyenne Eete Kippenberger "Fire" Miss Indian World 2019-2021 in Wet Place Collodion

March 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Wet Plate CollodionCheyenne Eete Kippenberger "Fire", Seminole Tribe of Florida, Miss Indian World 2019-2021Miss Indian World

Wet Plate CollodionCheyenne Eete Kippenberger "Fire", Seminole Tribe of Florida, Miss Indian World 2019-2021Miss Indian World Wet Plate CollodionCheyenne Eete Kippenberger "Fire", Seminole Tribe of Florida, Miss Indian World 2019-2021Miss Indian World

Cheyenne Eete Kippenberger

"Fire", Seminole Tribe of Florida, Miss Indian World 2019-2021, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass, for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".  She flew in from Florida to participate in my series.  I made a promise to Cheyenne to get some of the plates to museums in Florida and two of her state's historical societies now possess the original plates, a huge honor.  

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure. 8x10" black glass ambrotypes, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylights bolstered by one continuous fluorescent at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio.

 

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

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