Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio: Blog https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio (Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Mon, 16 Aug 2021 16:36:00 GMT Mon, 16 Aug 2021 16:36:00 GMT https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u138495834-o103366542-50.jpg Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio: Blog https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog 82 120 "A Novel's Nefarious Ending" Wet Plate Collodion Diptych by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/-a-novels-nefarious-ending A Novel's Nefarious EndingA Wet Plate Collodion Diptych A Novel's Nefarious EndingA Wet Plate Collodion Diptych

"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).


Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland Photo by Chad Nodland"A Novel's Nefarious Ending", behind the scenes by Chad Nodland

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) A Novel's Nefarious Ending Diptych Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/-a-novels-nefarious-ending Mon, 16 Aug 2021 16:44:47 GMT
"No Vaccine For Death" Large Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration University of Mary https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/-no-vaccine-for-death 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

 


 

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"Fading Away, Again" Wet Plate Collodion Inspired by Henry Peach Robinson https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/-fading-away-again 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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Fading Away Henry Peach Robinson Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/-fading-away-again Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:33:00 GMT
Apple Creek Gallery - University Of Mary Dedicated to Northern Plains Native Americans https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/apple-creek-gallery 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

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Apple Creek Gallery Battle of Apple Creek Ernie LaPointe Historical Society of North Dakota Native American Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio shane balkowitsch Sitting Bull University of Mary Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/apple-creek-gallery Wed, 10 Mar 2021 21:22:19 GMT
Cheyenne Eete Kippenberger "Fire" Miss Indian World 2019-2021 in Wet Place Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/cheyenne-eete-kippenberger Wet Plate CollodionCheyenne Eete Kippenberger "Fire", Seminole Tribe of Florida, Miss Indian World 2019-2021Miss Indian World

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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.

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Cheyenne Kippenberger Miss Indian World Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Seminole Tribe of Florida Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/cheyenne-eete-kippenberger Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:52:13 GMT
"Love And War" Reversed Double Exposure in Wet Plate Collodion Honoring Jan Saudek https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/-love-and-war Love And War Wet PltateDouble Exposure

“Love And War” with Jill Rossi and Grace Gierke, a double exposure in-camera wet plate collodion photograph in the historic process of silver on black glass. I was inspired by the glorious work of Jan Saudek. I thought It would be challenging to attempt the illusions that he created in the darkroom with my camera.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, two 11 seconds of exposures, 8x10” black glass ambrotype, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylights bolstered by continuous fluorescents at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota.

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) double exposure large format Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/-love-and-war Tue, 26 Jan 2021 18:50:41 GMT
COVID-19 Social Isolation Wet Plate Series Acquired by Plains Art Museum https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/covid-19-social-isolation-wet-plate-series-acquired-by-plains-art-museum COVID-19 Social Isolation Wet Plate SeriesPlains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota Acquires Wet Plate Collidion Images of Shane BalkowitschPlains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota I just received confirmation from Andy Maus from the Plains Art Museum that their board has decided to acquire my entire series “Covid-19 Social Isolation Wet Plate Series” for their permanent archive. It makes me very happy the works will be kept here in my home state of North Dakota long after I am gone.

Plains Art Museum is the largest and only accredited art museum in North Dakota, reflecting our “demonstration of the highest professional standards for education, public service and collections stewardship, and a commitment to continued institutional improvement.” Less than 7% of American museums have the distinction of being accredited.

https://plainsart.org/

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COVID-19 Social Isolation Wet Plate Series (Seven Plates):

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Greyson Shane Balkowitsch “The Susceptibility Of Everyone” taken on 3-20-2020 (#3491)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Shane Bart Balkowitsch (Self Portrait) “The Mask Of Social Isolation” taken on 3-27-2020 (#3496)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Alyvia Jean Balkowitsch “Girl With Virus” taken on 4-10-2020 (#3501)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Abby Ava Balkowitsch “Nurses: The Front Line Of A Pandemic” taken on 4-17-2020 (#3507)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Bonnie Jean Balkowitsch “Contagion Beauty” taken on 4-24-2020 (#3513)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Mahliya Sophia Balkowitsch “Coronavirus Tea Time” taken on 5-1-2020 (#3515)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Abby Balkowitsch and Dalton Kral “COVID-19 The Chaperone Of Prom” taken on 5-8-2020 (#3516)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of the North Dakota COVID Memorial “North Dakota Departed” taken on 10-28-2020 (#3696)

8x10” black glass ambrotype of Eve Marie Lancaster “The Maskless Infusion” taken on 10-30-2020 (#3701)

https://fence.photoville.com/covid-19-social-isolation-wet-plate-series/?fbclid=IwAR2hNv067w6lVfYjpeWzE_GwPE4ago-r4OhLPxEQAmmcFP-zqwwpjtDoe8w
 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Andy Maus Coronavirus COVID-19 Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Pandemic Series Plains Art Museum Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/covid-19-social-isolation-wet-plate-series-acquired-by-plains-art-museum Mon, 05 Oct 2020 15:31:52 GMT
"Dignity" Native American Statue in Chamberlain South Dakota Captured in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/-dignity Dignity StatueDignity Statue Wet Plate by Shane BalkowitschDignity by Dale Claude Lamphere, Chamberlain, South Dakota

The statue “Dignity” captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass.

I will be making prints and cabinet cards available to raise funds for the American Indian College Fund. I will also be donating the original plate to the South Dakota State Historical Society.  Representative Tamara St. John from South Dakota was on hand to show support for this effort.  

Dignity is a sculpture on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota. The 50-foot high stainless steel statue by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Claude Lamphere depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains-style dress receiving a star quilt.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f8, 2 seconds of exposure, 8x10” black glass ambrotype.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Dale Claude Lamphere Dignity Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Tamara St. John wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/-dignity Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:26:54 GMT
"Telesilla In Stone" Wet Plate Collodion with Angie Kambeitz https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/6/-telesilla-in-stone Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate StudioTelesilla In Stone Wet Plate Collodionby Shane Balkowitsch

"Telesilla In Stone" with Angie Swiec Kambeitz, in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylights. 8x10" black glass ambrotype at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota. Styling by Kary Janousek and Abby Balkowitsch.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Greek Statue Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Telesilla Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/6/-telesilla-in-stone Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:48:29 GMT
"Girl With Virus" During COVID-19 Pandemic Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/4/-girl-with-virus Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschGirl With Virus with Alyvia Balkowitsch Wet Plate CollodionGirl With Virus During Pandemic

"Girl With Virus" with my daughter Alyvia Jean Balkowitsch, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass, inspired by the work of Banksy. She turned 9 years old yesterday.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotype, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylight. The virus prop was kindly provided to us by Greg Gerla in Canada.

"Girl with Virus" with my daughter Alyvia was projected on a wall in Los Angeles late last night. This is what kindness and thoughtfulness looks like during a pandemic. My friend and fellow photographer Stephen Levey did this for my daughter's birthday after finding out she could not have a party. These are trying times for us all, but let us all be reminded of the small things we can do for each other to make a difference in each other's lives. Alyvia could not have a real birthday party because of the pandemic, but now she has this. It needs to be said that Stephen and I have never met, we just have a profound appreciation for each other's work.

What I find very poignant about this projection is that Banksy started with his graffiti on walls, this image was inspired by him and now this inspiration is back on a wall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aepRZlMIIRE

https://www.kxnet.com/news/local-news/coronavirus-inspires-bismarck-photographer/

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"Demeter Awakens" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch with Carlee Gifford https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/-demeter-awakens "Demeter Awakens" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch"Demeter Awakens" with Carlee Gifford "Demeter Awakens" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch"Demeter Awakens" with Carlee Gifford

"Demeter Awakens" with Carlee Gifford, a diptych in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. A collaboration with Rachael TreeTop from Crabapple Floral.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotype, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylight bolstered by one continuous fluorescent fixture, at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/-demeter-awakens Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:22:08 GMT
"Columbus Landed, Columbus Fell" Wet Plate Collodion to Take Back Columbus Day https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/-columbus-landed-columbus-fell  “Columbus Landed, Columbus Fell”, with Allan Demaray and Lance Loken, wet plate collodion.

“Indigenous people north and south were displaced, died of disease, and were killed by Europeans through slavery, rape, and war. In 1491, about 145 million people lived in the western hemisphere. By 1691, the population of indigenous Americans had declined by 90-95 percent, or by around 130 million people." - Wikipedia

This wet plate is my attempt to address the genocide that has occurred in North America since Christopher Columbus landed on August 3rd, 1492.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotype using natural light through Northern facing windows and skylights at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota.

https://msumadvocate.com/2020/03/06/i-killed-columbus/

Christopher Columbus"Columbus Landed, Columbus Fell" Wet Plate Collodion"Columbus Landed, Columbus Fell" by Shane Balkowitsch

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Christopher Columbus Columbus Day Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/-columbus-landed-columbus-fell Wed, 04 Mar 2020 17:35:00 GMT
"BALKOWITSCH" Documentary to Premiere at Fargo Film Festival March 18th, 2020 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/-balkowitsch-documentary The feature length documentary “Balkowitsch” will screen at the Fargo Film Festival on March 18th, 7pm at the historic Fargo Theatre.  Directors Greg DeSaye and Chelsy Ciavarella will participate in question and answer session following the screening.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11929442/

Much controversy is surrounding Shane's work coming into this festival.  Recently he received personal threats, boycotting and vandalism in his home city of Bismarck for a mural "Standing For Us All" with Greta Thunberg that he tried to install in an alley.  His previous mural that has been up for over a year called "Liberty Trudges Through Injustice" was egged.  Over 50 local, national and international news organizations ran with the story of hate that was thrown his way.  A grass roots movement in Fargo with the guidance and leadership of Michael Williams agreed to take the art installation in Fargo as a way to show that not all of North Dakota feels this way.  The large installation will be installed at the Frontstreet Taproom in Fargo at 1pm on the day of the opening of the film.  The city of Poughkeepsie in New York has also decided to install the piece for their residents to enjoy.  Shane also has plans himself to install the mural at Standing Rock near Sitting Bull College.  The film has since been awarded the "Prairie Spirit Award" and has received Honorable Mention by the film festival.  

Everyone has a purpose, but most spend their lives searching. For one man, his purpose came late in life and has been fueled with passion, spreading like wildfire across the prairies and now spanning the world.

Shane Balkowitsch has found his voice through the lost art of wet plate photography. He is archiving history, preserving bloodlines and capturing his visions in silver on glass for future generations.

"Art can be a weapon for change and we artists have the ability to wield it at will." - Shane Balkowitsch

Fargo Film FestivalShane Balkowitsch Fargo Film Festival Wet Plate"The Anonymous Egging of an Artist"

Art ValdalismThe Egging of Lady Liberty"Liberty Trudges Through Injustice" A Wet Plate by Shane Balkowitsch

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Fargo Film Festival Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/-balkowitsch-documentary Wed, 04 Mar 2020 17:08:44 GMT
"Alice in Wonderland" in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/-alice-in-wonderland-in-wet-plate by Shane Balkowitsch"Alice in Wonderland" in Wet Plate CollodionAlice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland" a wet plate collaboration, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass.

Thank you Dan Miller for bringing us all together. The fabulous Amber SamsCaylin CatheyTessa Marie and Caitlin Dooley we stupendous in their roles.

Not many people know that Lewis Carroll was an accomplished wet plate collodion photographer as well as an author.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure using Northern light through windows and skylight bolstered by continuous lights.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/-alice-in-wonderland-in-wet-plate Tue, 05 Nov 2019 20:59:40 GMT
"The Passing of King Arthur" in Wet Plate Collodion Inspired by Julia Margaret Cameron https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/the-passing-of-king-arthur Shane Balkowitsch Inspired by Julia Margaret CameronThe Passing of King Arthur in Wet Plate Collodion"The Passing of King Arthur"

"The Passing of King Arthur", wet plate inspired by the work of Julia Margaret Cameron, circa 1875, in the same process that she used in the Victoria ero.

Thank you Kevin R TengesdalKary JanousekAli HornerJesse CastilloShaelynn LarsonLaine Pope and Anthony Nelson for all you did for this image.

8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate process of pure silver on glass, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylight at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio.

"The Lady of Shalott" in wet plate collodion, inspired by the poem by Lord Tennyson and the painting of John William Waterhouse, circa 1888.

"King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther in Apocrypha", a wet plate inspired by the beautiful work of Julia Margaret Cameron, circa 1865.

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) John William Waterhouse Julia Margaret Cameron Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/the-passing-of-king-arthur Tue, 05 Nov 2019 20:53:21 GMT
"Standing For Us All" with Greta Thunberg in Wet Plate Collodion at Standing Rock https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/-standing-for-us-all Climate ChangeGreta Thunberg in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch"Standing For Us All"

"Standing For Us All" is the name I have chosen for this wet plate of Greta Thunberg. This image has been shared hundreds of times with thousands of likes in the past 24 hours. Before she left us yesterday I asked her father Svante a question. I asked him "What can I do for Greta and her cause?". He explained to me that I have already done my role by taking her wet plate. His only request was that the images be shared with the world along with Greta's message.

"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you." - Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg captured for the first time in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Her message is simple. Listen to the science and then take action.

I need to thank Jen Jewett for making this happen. I am forever grateful. I also need to thank Standing Rock for helping us capture this history on their lands. My friend Chad Nodland also took the day off to be able to take some behind the scene images that I will share soon. I need to thank my daughter Abby Ava Balkowitsch for being there for me today. She helped me greatly achieve these two exposures in less than 30 minutes.

Last but not least, I want to thank Greta and her father Svante for giving us their time and trust. This opportunity means the world to me.

Climate ChangeGreta Thunberg in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschGreta Thunberg

8x10" black glass ambrotypes, natural light., Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f5.6, 3 seconds of exposure, October 8th, 2019.

Climate ChangeGreta Thunberg Captured in Wet Plate Collodion for the First TimeDigital Behind the Scene Photographs by Chad Nodland Climate ChangeGreta Thunberg Captured in Wet Plate Collodion for the First TimeDigital Behind the Scene Photographs by Chad Nodland Climate ChangeGreta Thunberg Captured in Wet Plate Collodion for the First TimeDigital Behind the Scene Photographs by Chad Nodland Climate ChangeGreta Thunberg Captured in Wet Plate Collodion for the First TimeDigital Behind the Scene Photographs by Chad Nodland Climate ChangeGreta Thunberg Captured in Wet Plate Collodion for the First TimeDigital Behind the Scene Photographs by Chad Nodland   by Shane BalkowitschGreta Thunberg Wet PlateGreta Thunberg in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschGreta Thunberg Wet PlateGreta Thunberg in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschGreta Thunberg Wet PlateGreta Thunberg in Wet Plate Collodion

Some Articles About the Plates of Greta (Over 75 Articles Have Been Written and Published Worldwide):

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/12/02/us/ap-us-thunberg-standing-rock.html

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Library-of-Congress-archives-Greta-Thunberg-wet-plate-photo-565712851.html

https://petapixel.com/2019/10/15/a-wet-plate-portrait-of-greta-thunberg/

https://mymodernmet.com/best-photos-of-2019/

https://apnews.com/9967e80965f84fa697bfbcd5d8f1f7e5

https://emulsive.org/articles/darkroom/wet-plate/greta-thunberg-capturing-the-voice-of-the-21st-century-using-150-year-old-wet-plate-photography

https://mymodernmet.com/native-american-portraits-shane-balkowitsch/

https://www.analogforevermagazine.com/features-interviews/shane-balkowitschs-historical-wetplates-greta-thunberg
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Update 11/13/2019 -

My young friend Greta Thunberg just shared my wet plate "Standing For Us All" on Instragram, Facebook and Twitter!  The wet plates received over 2,000,000 likes.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4zpzsApiS4/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

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Update 11/20/2019 - 

It is official! I just received confirmation that the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Prints and Photographs Division) is going to permanently archive and curate my original ambrotype of Greta Thunberg (Plate #3328) "Standing For Us All".

It is so very rewarding to know that this work will be preserved and shared long after I am gone.

https://www.loc.gov/

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Update 12/18/2019 - 

My Modern Met selects the wet plate "Greta" as one of the Top 50 Photographs of the Year. 

https://mymodernmet.com/best-photos-of-2019/

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Update 12/23/2019 - 

I just received confirmation that the Nordiska Museet in Sweden has received the original into their archive.  They are going to permanently archive and curate my original ambrotype of Greta Thunberg (Plate #3327) "Greta".

https://www.nordiskamuseet.se/en

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Update 2-11-2020 - 

In an attempt to get large print of Greta installed in an alley downtown Bismarck, I have been met with opposition, KFYR informed me that they were doing a story with or without me.  

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Greta-Thunberg-Mural-being-considered-for-downtown-Bismarck-567782031.html

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Update 2-12-2020 - 

Threats of boycotts and threats of vandalism derailed the installation of the mural I was proposing Bismarck, but we have won, "Standing For Us All" is now being installed in Fargo, North Dakota as well as Poughkeepsie, New York.  Thousands of people from around the world have shown support and come to my aid.  The arts were under attack and I used my art as a weapon to drive back the hate and ugliness.  SEE SOME OF THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL articles below:

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Greta-Thunberg-Mural-being-considered-for-downtown-Bismarck-567782031.html

https://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/bismarck/threats-of-boycotts-derail-artist-s-plans-for-greta-thunberg/article_4e8ed731-fb1e-5a80-be04-6c673d1bae53.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Artist-Pulls-Plans-to-Install-Greta-Thunberg-Mural-in-Bismarck-567810201.html

https://www.inforum.com/news/government-and-politics/4934343-Mural-of-Greta-Thunberg-wont-go-forward-in-Bismarck-after-public-backlash

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/12/us/ap-us-thunberg-mural.html?searchResultPosition=5

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/artist-scraps-plans-for-thunberg-mural-after-boycott-threats/ar-BBZWy2r?li=BBnb7Kz

https://amp.sanluisobispo.com/entertainment/celebrities/article240244596.html       

https://kfgo.com/podcasts/nighttime-live-with-bob-harris/941/thunberg-portrait-in-bismarck-will-not-go-up-on-outside-wall/#

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/artist-scraps-plans-thunberg-mural-boycott-threats-68948097

https://www.thedailybeast.com/artist-scraps-plan-for-greta-thunberg-mural-in-north-dakota-after-threats?ref=home&via=FB_Page&source=TDB&fbclid=IwAR28WbAazeimaBkEaDLVMWaCXiXm9K8bKPJoLKWXiMKSdDBVQrIcZPR2cKs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/02/13/greta-thunberg-mural/

https://kosmofoto.com/2020/02/greta-thunberg-wet-plate-portrait-mural-axed-after-uproar/

https://earther.gizmodo.com/trolls-force-artist-to-cancel-a-planned-greta-thunberg-1841666327

https://petapixel.com/2020/02/13/photographer-cancels-photo-mural-of-greta-thunberg-after-boycott-threats/ 

https://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/News-of-the-Day-From-Across-the-Nation-Feb-12-15051942.php

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/2/13/1918941/-Who-s-Afraid-of-Greta-Thunberg-Apparently-A-Whole-Bunch-of-Folks-In-Bismarck-ND-That-s-Who?fbclid=IwAR3OzYzNXxfoYSOBOBGmGd2Axz3nxA7yGPpBOXX5bYYbB3_njg02mjg_O24

https://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/muralmalning-av-greta-thunberg-slopas-efter-kritik/

https://www.inforum.com/news/4941611-Nixed-in-Bismarck-after-backlash-Greta-Thunberg-mural-appears-destined-for-Fargo

https://www.kxnet.com/crime-tracker/downtown-bismarck-mural-vandalized-one-day-after-artist-scraps-plans-for-another-amid-vandalism-threats/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KX_News

https://www.inforum.com/news/4953523-Fargo-business-welcomes-controversial-mural-of-climate-activist-Greta-Thunberg#.XkcJJZIqL0k.facebook

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Shane-Balkowitsch-mural-vandalized-in-downtown-Bismarck-567852661.html

https://sputniknews.com/environment/202002141078310843-bounced-greta-thunberg-mural-welcomed-in-fargo-north-dakota/

https://bismarcktribune.com/opinion/editorial/tribune-editorial-art-vandalism-threats-should-not-be-tolerated/article_d2176442-1a98-5121-84c0-a9e194422ee8.amp.html

https://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Greta-Thunberg-mural-set-to-come-to-Fargo-567919011.html

https://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/muralmalning-av-greta-thunberg-slopas-efter-kritik/

https://shotkit.com/shane-balkowitsch/

https://bismarcktribune.com/opinion/columnists/gary-adkisson-even-in-art-hypocrisy-knows-no-bounds/article_46c9ac79-6af5-56c6-8101-4264d4202381.html

https://www.willistonherald.com/news/state/balkowitsch-mural-egged-in-downtown-bismarck-new-home-found-for/article_db1f7c7e-4f5b-11ea-9cd0-9b1bac496ce6.html

https://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/balkowitsch-mural-egged-in-downtown-bismarck-new-home-found-for/article_a96b77b0-67c2-5af9-ad6f-2cd87588f70a.html

https://www.kvrr.com/2020/02/14/front-street-taproom-to-display-greta-thunberg-mural/

https://journaltimes.com/news/national/artist-scraps-plans-for-thunberg-mural-after-boycott-threats/article_aeb55a19-6e50-5991-b5ca-ef2bcb715a5c.html

https://knoxradio.com/news/local/artist-scraps-plans-thunberg-mural-bismarck

https://740thefan.com/news/articles/2020/feb/13/balkowitsch-mural-vandalized-in-bismarck/984933/

https://syvnews.com/news/national/rebuffed-in-bismarck-thunberg-mural-likely-headed-to-fargo/article_3cdfd278-8dff-521f-99c5-caac1b2df6db.html

http://fargofilmfestival.org/index.php/2020/02/17/balkowitsch-receives-prairie-spirit-award/

https://www.kxnet.com/news/artist-whose-mural-was-vandalized-speaks-out/

https://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/greta-thunberg-mural-finds-home-in-fargo-unveiling-could-coincide/article_40cf4eb9-624d-5815-a568-d6ee7e86ae5d.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

https://kfgo.com/2020/02/14/its-the-ones-well-never-know-about/

https://www.inforum.com/opinion/4957795-Port-Greta-Thunberg-mural-fight-has-devolved-into-Olympics-level-pettiness

https://www.willistonherald.com/news/state/greta-thunberg-mural-finds-home-in-fargo-unveiling-could-coincide/article_dc9ba13e-529b-11ea-a704-9773a745918e.html

https://hpr1.com/index.php/opinion/editorial/art-for-our-sake/

https://www.inforum.com/news/4962240-Greta-Thunberg-mural-intended-for-Bismarck-now-spotted-across-the-globe?fbclid=IwAR2gzdiADb_b0jD-dk7fMb53chCrcYLC9vyfgZIU4S7ESeBK541ylVQlYJQ

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2020/02/14/2003730990

https://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/celebrities/article240244596.html

https://mtstandard.com/news/national/artist-scraps-plans-for-thunberg-mural-after-boycott-threats/article_a544181e-6b6c-570f-9d92-80e6d7730077.html

https://www.express.co.uk/videos/6131796354001/Greta-Thunberg-Dakota-mural-is-to-share-art-says-Balkowitsch

https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/26328/what-we-learned-this-week-santu-mofokeng-photogr.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-energy-202/2020/02/14/the-energy-202-pressure-is-on-exxon-and-chevron-after-bp-makes-major-climate-pledge/5e45831b88e0fa4a22a4bc96/

https://bismarcktribune.com/opinion/columnists/mural-related-threats-reflect-badly-on-bismarck/article_1fa18c13-348c-5222-863b-009cd6074208.html

https://www.inforum.com/opinion/letters/4959903-Shaw-ND-makes-national-news-again-and-its-not-positive#.XlFfEldMXec.facebook

https://www.inforum.com/news/4962240-Greta-Thunberg-mural-intended-for-Bismarck-now-spotted-across-the-globe

https://www.inforum.com/opinion/letters/4959903-Shaw-ND-makes-national-news-again-and-its-not-positive#.XlFfEldMXec.facebook

https://vimeo.com/393432791

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Bismarck-commission-to-discuss-public-art-policy-568160341.html?fbclid=IwAR0Cstnuuww5TiIF2vpG0RTh-cSdkSQjvQyJAIAOi9VKNA1QbNQLTsC9ToY

https://www.inforum.com/entertainment/art/4969850-Bismarck-artist-behind-controversial-Greta-Thunberg-mural-shares-stories-of-support-and-hate

https://www.cowboysindians.com/2020/02/photo-essay-shadow-catcher/

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Update 2/22/2020 - "The Anonymous Egging Of An Artist", self portrait by Shane Balkowitsch with the help of his children.  

Fuck Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance "The Anonymous Egging of an Artist" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschThe Anonymous Egging of an Artist, a self portrait by Shane Balkowitsch, his response to the vandalism of "Liberty Trudges Through Injustice" in downtown Bismarck.  

INTERVIEW of Shane Balkowitsch

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-87dej-d58ecc

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Update 3/21/2020 - "Standing For Us All" with Greta Thunberg is installed at the Frontstreet Taproom in Fargo, North Dakota.  Mike Williams was instrumental in getting this accomplished and I am forever in his debt.    

https://www.inforum.com/entertainment/art/5010233-Controversial-mural-of-climate-activist-Greta-Thunberg-installed-in-downtown-Fargo

Front Street TaproomStanding For Us All with Greta Thunberg large mural installed in Fargo North Dakota. Photo by Dan Francis, Fargo.

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Update: 4/5/2020 - A big thank you to the anonymous person or persons that put this billboard up. “Standing For Us All” with Greta Thunberg. She is prominently displayed in the parking lot of Menards in Bismarck. This made my day. Art will prevail. Abby Ava Balkowitsch was with me when this image was made as well as Chad Nodland.

Greta ThunbergStanding For Us All with Greta Thunberg Billboard in Bismarck North DakotaStanding For Us All

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Update: 4/22/2020 - On Earth Day 2020, the news broke in Fargo of the egging of the Greta Thunberg mural.  The mural was so damaged that it needed to be replaced.  

https://www.inforum.com/community/5979223-Fargo%E2%80%99s-Greta-Thunberg-mural-vandalized-earlier-in-April-so-not-on-display-on-Earth-Day

https://www.inforum.com/news/crime-and-courts/6264602-Greta-Thunberg-mural-vandal-shown-in-surveillance-camera-images


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Climate Change Greta Thunberg Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/-standing-for-us-all Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:00:33 GMT
Marcella Rose LeBeau "Pretty Rainbow Woman" Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/marcella-rose-lebeau Marcella Rose LeBeau "Pretty Rainbow Woman", Cheyenne River Lakota, Band of Oohenupa, for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective". Marcella is in the South Dakota Hall of Fame and was a nurse in World War II. She is 99 years young and it was a true honor to be able to take this portrait for her family and legacy. 

Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate PerspectiveMarcella Rose LeBeau, Cheyenne Lakota Captured in Wet Plate CollodionMarcella Rose LeBeau by Shane Balkowitsch

Digital Behind the Scene Color Photographs by Chad Nodland 

Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistMarcella Rose LeBeau Wet Plate CollodionNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistMarcella Rose LeBeau Wet Plate CollodionNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistMarcella Rose LeBeau Wet Plate CollodionNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistMarcella Rose LeBeau Wet Plate CollodionNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-abHGgnRX4

https://www.sdstate.edu/graduation/commencement-program/marcella-lebeau

http://www.sdpb.org/blogs/arts-and-culture/upcoming-angels-in-our-midst-documentary-features-marcella-lebeau-of-eagle-butte/

http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/turtle-island-storyteller-marcella-lebeau/

https://www.westrivereagle.com/articles/marcella-lebeau-named-veteran-of-the-day/

 

 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Cheyenne River Lakota Marcella LeBeau Marcella Rose LeBeau Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/marcella-rose-lebeau Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:21:40 GMT
“BALKOWITSCH” Documentary To Screen At Human Rights Film Festival at Heritage Center https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/-balkowitsch The feature length documentary “Balkowitsch” will screen at the 2019 North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival. The film will screen in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. Directors Greg DeSaye and Chelsy Ciavarella will participate in question and answer session following the screening.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11929442/

Everyone has a purpose, but most spend their lives searching. For one man, his purpose came late in life and has been fueled with passion, spreading like wildfire across the prairies and now spanning the world.

Shane Balkowitsch has found his voice through the lost art of wet plate photography. He is archiving history, preserving bloodlines and capturing his visions in silver on glass for future generations.

Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist, Wet Plate CollodionBalkowitsch Documentary About Shane Balkowitsch's Wet Plate PhotographerBalkowitsch by Gregory DeSaye and Chelsy Viavarella

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/-balkowitsch Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:01:06 GMT
"Brothers" Native American Bison Captured Wet Plate Collodion with Allan Demaray https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/-brothers Bison Buffalo Wet Plate Collodion"Brothers" Wet Plate Collodion of Bison Buffalo with Allan Demaray (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara)"Brother" Bison Buffalo Wet Plate Collodion"Brothers" Wet Plate Collodion of Bison Buffalo with Allan Demaray (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara)"Brother"

"Mideegaadi" with Allan Demaray captured in the historical wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. The word for bison in Hidatsa is Mideegaadi. Different tribes on the plains have their own words to describe the sacred animals. I have also been informed that the word “Buffalo” is being used improperly to describe these animals in North America. Bison is the proper terminology and that is how I will refer to from them from this day forward.

Last year I chased the wild herd on the open plains for 8 hours at Standing Rock. The shot eluded me and I always knew I needed revisit the thoughts in my head. As I tell the college students when the visit my studio every year, "Do whatever it takes to get the shot, the final image in whatever form is all that matters". I applied that ideology yesterday.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f11, 3 seconds of exposure outside my studio in natural light, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes.

My bond with my brother Allan Demaray is becoming stronger every time we create together. My good friend Tom Wirtz was on hand to assist on the set and he also took some behind the scene images of our adventure together.

Wet Plate Collodion of Bison Buffalo"Brothers" Buffalo Bison Wet Plate Collodion Shoot with Allan Demaray from MHA Nation"Brothers" Wet Plate Collodion of Bison Buffalo"Brothers" Buffalo Bison Wet Plate Collodion Shoot with Allan Demaray from MHA Nation"Brothers" Wet Plate Collodion of Bison Buffalo"Brothers" Buffalo Bison Wet Plate Collodion Shoot with Allan Demaray from MHA Nation"Brothers" Wet Plate Collodion of Bison Buffalo"Brothers" Buffalo Bison Wet Plate Collodion Shoot with Allan Demaray from MHA Nation"Brothers" Wet Plate Collodion of Bison Buffalo"Brothers" Buffalo Bison Wet Plate Collodion Shoot with Allan Demaray from MHA Nation"Brothers"

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Bison Buffalo Mandan Hidatsa Arikara MHA Nation Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/-brothers Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:29:12 GMT
Tokeya Waci U Richardson the Great Great Great Grandson of Sitting Bull in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/tokeya-waci-u-richardson The Great Great Great Grandson of Sitting Bull, Tokeya Waci U Richardson "Comes Dancing First", Oglala Lakota / Haliwa-Saponi, for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".

8x10” black glass ambrotype, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, naturally light through Northern facing windows and skylights, 10 seconds of exposure.

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Wet Plate CollodionThe Great Great Great Grandson of Sitting Bull, Tokeya Waci U Richardson "Comes Dancing First", Oglala Lakota / Haliwa-SaponiNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Wet Plate CollodionThe Great Great Great Grandson of Sitting Bull, Tokeya Waci U Richardson "Comes Dancing First", Oglala Lakota / Haliwa-SaponiNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Wet Plate CollodionThe Great Great Great Grandson of Sitting Bull, Tokeya Waci U Richardson "Comes Dancing First", Oglala Lakota / Haliwa-SaponiNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Sitting Bull Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/tokeya-waci-u-richardson Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:31:42 GMT
"The Throne of Gods" A Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/-the-throne-of-gods-a-wet-plate-collodion-collaboration "The Throne of Gods" a wet plate collaboration took place at the State Library in Bismarck on July 20th, 2019.  Over 45 collaborators came together for the day to recreated Zeus on his throne with his gods.  Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist from Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio in Bismarck was the resident photographer for the shoot.  

Wet Plate CollodionThe Throne of Gods - A Wet Plate CollaborationThe Throne of Gods by Shane Balkowitsch at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio

Amber Sams, Steve Schirber, Derek Harper and Ben Pace, Photographed in Wet Plate by Shane Balkowitsch, Directed by Marek Dojs"Those Who Covet the Throne""Those Who Covet the Throne" a second work from "The Throne of the Gods"

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THE THRONE OF GODS

A Wet Plate Collaboration

July 20th, 2019

Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio

at the North Dakota State Library, Capitol Grounds

Bismarck, North Dakota

Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist

LIST OF COLLABORATORS

Cast:

Derek Harper (Zeus)

Steve Schirber (Poseidon)

Greyson Balkowitsch (Mercury)

Ben Pace (Pan)

Amber Sams (Medusa)

Pat Toepke (Cronos)

Bonnie Balkowitsch (Metis)

Abby Balkowitsch (Calliope)

Michele Oster Renner

Sharon Balkowitsch

Gregory Schmidt

Mahliya Balkowitsch (Cherub)

Alyvia Balkowitsch (Cherub)

Alex Nelson (Eileithyia)

Tricia Romanyshyn

John LaLonde

Winona Clarice (Artemis)

Emily Brandt

 

Support Staff:

Marek Dojs, Director

Michele Oster Renner, Wardrobe

Tom Wirtz, Assistant w/ Camera

Ivy Brown Jacobson, Hair

Jason Lueder, Master Carpenter

Mike LaLonde, Photography

Moira McNichols, Make-up

Chad Nodland, Head Photographer

Paul Noot, Painter & Art Direction

Dustin White, Writer & Poet

Laine Pope, Medusa Headdress

Kimberly Reuer, Assistant

Rissa Williams, Cloud Design

Andrea Fagerstrom, Art Consultant

Laura Barker, Tent and Assistant Marcus Johnson, Photography

Troy Balzer, Photography

Melanie Kuntz Malsam, Make-up

Phillip Litton, Videographer

Lance Loken, Set Assistant

Chelsy Ciavarella, Videographer

Greg DeSaye, Videographer

Michael Stevenson, Harp & Costumes

Steve Schirber, Blacksmith

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f11, 2.5 seconds of exposure, 8x10” black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass, Alessandro Gibellini camera called “Red Molly”.

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch The Throne of Gods Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/-the-throne-of-gods-a-wet-plate-collodion-collaboration Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:10:40 GMT
Congresswoman Deb Haaland Captured in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/congresswoman-deb-haaland Wet Plate CollodionCongresswoman Deb Haaland Captured in Wet Plate by Shane Balkowitsch of Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate StudioDebra A. Haaland, U.S. Congresswoman for New Mexico’s 1st District, Laguna Pueblo

Congresswoman Debra Haaland, “Crushed Turquoise”, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico’s 1st District, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. This was one of the most important honors of my photographic journey. She traveled very far to be part of “Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective”. She arrived as a stranger and left as a friend.

This plate will be indefinitely archived at the North Dakota Historical Society here in Bismarck. A second plate will go to New Mexico’s Historical Society as well.

8x10” black glass ambrotype, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, natural light through Norther facing windows and skylight. Thank you Margaret Gonzalez-Yellowbird for being by my side and assisting with this historic series of plates.

by Shane Balkowitsch at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota, USACongresswoman Deb Haaland in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschDebra A. Haaland, U.S. Congresswoman for New Mexico’s 1st District, Laguna Pueblo by Shane Balkowitsch at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota, USACongresswoman Deb Haaland in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschDebra A. Haaland, U.S. Congresswoman for New Mexico’s 1st District, Laguna Pueblo

A quote by the Congresswoman in the front of the "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective":

“Shane’s work shines on its artistic merit and for its collaborative
nature. It is genuine and enthusiastic on a human level. For the folks
of many different Indian tribes who sit for his portraits, and who often
become his life-long friends, Shane builds lasting rapport. It is this
rapport, and the importance of honest collaboration between people
of different cultures, that is so vital for our country and is at the heart of
moving forward as a nation. I strive to emulate the rapport that Shane
has achieved in his art in the work I’m doing in Congress. Shane’s
photographs are not only beautiful, they convey the best example
of good people working together to achieve something great.”
March 21st, 2019, Congresswoman Debra A. Haaland

Digital Photos by Chad Nodland and Chris HagenDeb Haaland Behind the Scenes of Her Wet PlateCongresswoman Deb Haaland Digital Photos by Chad Nodland and Chris HagenDeb Haaland Behind the Scenes of Her Wet PlateCongresswoman Deb Haaland Digital Photos by Chad Nodland and Chris HagenDeb Haaland Behind the Scenes of Her Wet PlateCongresswoman Deb Haaland Digital Photos by Chad Nodland and Chris HagenDeb Haaland Behind the Scenes of Her Wet PlateCongresswoman Deb Haaland Digital Photos by Chad Nodland and Chris HagenDeb Haaland Behind the Scenes of Her Wet PlateCongresswoman Deb Haaland Digital Photos by Chad Nodland and Chris HagenDeb Haaland Behind the Scenes of Her Wet PlateCongresswoman Deb Haaland Digital Photos by Chad Nodland and Chris HagenDeb Haaland Behind the Scenes of Her Wet PlateCongresswoman Deb Haaland   Congresswoman Deb HaalandCongresswoman Deb HaalandNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Book Signing, June 23rd, 2019 Congresswoman Deb HaalandCongresswoman Deb HaalandNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Book Signing, June 23rd, 2019

After some reflection, I have determined that this plate, plate #3194 which is plate #319 for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" will go to the State Historical Society of North Dakota permanently. It has always been my goal to give my best work to our state archive. I also received confirmation from Congresswoman Deb Haaland that this was also her favorite plate of the day. Cementing for me this important decision.

As I stated in my speech on Sunday: "I can make all the work in the world but without their expertise and commitment to curation, this series would be scattered to the wind by time."

I still have to determine which plate to donate to the Congresswoman's Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections in New Mexico. Providing an original plate to her Historical Society is a promise I made to her months ago.

I will then gift a plate to our lady and will keep one for my wall to share with visitors to my natural light studio. It will be displayed with pride and serve as a reminder of our time together. All four plates will be shared and accounted for.

Thank you Chad Nodland  and Chris Hagen (High Plains Reader) for capturing these behind the scene images.  

"Be Fierce"Congresswoman Deb Haaland on Cover of High Plains Reader, Fargo, North Dakota by Chris HagenHigh Plains Reader, June 27th, 2019

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Ernie LaPointe "Crow Foot" The Great Grandson of Sitting Bull in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/ernie-lapointe Ernie LaPointe “Crow Foot”, Lakota, the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass.

Orlando Scott Goff captured Sitting Bull on July 31st, 1881 in Bismarck, then the Dakota Territory in the same historic process. I have now done that again for Ernie 138 years later in the same city.  This is the third time Ernie has traveled to my studio for portraits.  

His original plate was plate #1 for “Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective” and that portrait “Eternal Field” appears on the cover of Volume 1.

Ernie is in town to speak at my books signing tomorrow at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, 2pm at the Heritage Center in Bismarck. Please join us.  Me and my dear friend Ernie Lapointe, we have been laughing together since the moment I met him in 2014.

This is what it is about for me, trust, friendship and moments of time preserved. How will we be remembered?

 

"Crow Foot" - LakotaErnie LaPointe - Great Grandson of Sitting Bull Captured in Wet Plate CollodionErnie LaPointe by Shane Balkowitsch   "Crow Foot" - LakotaErnie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull in Wet Plate CollodionErnie LaPointe by Shane Balkowitsch

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Ernie LaPointe Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Sitting Bull Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/ernie-lapointe Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:28:58 GMT
Congresswoman Deb Haaland to Speak at Book Signing for Northern Plains Native Americans https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/congresswoman-deb-haaland-to-speak-at-book-signing-for-northern-plains-native-americans I just received formal confirmation, Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), U.S. Congresswoman for New Mexico’s 1st District is going to be speaking at my book signing "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective". This is the largest honor that has ever been bestowed upon my work and the series I have been working on with all my friends.

PLEASE SHARE, the public is welcome and for the anticipated crowd size we are going to move the talks out to the outside amphitheater venue.

This is her first visit to North Dakota and she is a hero to so many people. Look at what happens when friendship, trust and collaboration take hold! Remember regalias are cherished and welcomed. Let us have a huge crowd to honor her work in Congress.

“The work that Shane does for its artistic merit as well as for its collaborative nature is genuine and enthusiastic, on a human level. For the folks of many different Indian tribes, who sit for his portraits, and who often become his life-long friends, Shane builds real rapport. Beyond the making of art photographs, it is this rapport, and the importance of honest collaboration between people of different cultures, that is so important for our country and is at the center of the moving forward of our country. I’ll strive to emulate the rapport that Shane has achieved in his work, in the work I’m doing in Congress. Shane’s photographs are not only beautiful, but they convey the best example of good people working together to achieve something great.”

 Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo)

Congresswoman – New Mexico’s 1st District 

March 21st, 2019
Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate PerspectiveCongresswoman Deb Haaland to Speak in Bismarck, Norther Dakota, June 23rd, 2pmCongresswoman Deb Halland to Speak at Shane Balkowitsch Book Signing

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Deb Haaland Debra Anne Haaland Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/congresswoman-deb-haaland-to-speak-at-book-signing-for-northern-plains-native-americans Tue, 04 Jun 2019 17:38:25 GMT
AVAILABLE NOW! Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective (Volume 1) https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/available-now-northern-plains-native-americans-a-modern-wet-plate-perspective-volume-1 AVAILABLE NOW! "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" (Volume 1).

Limited to 1000 artist copies, all books are numbered and signed. Also includes a free limited edition modern day cabinet card of my wet plate "Eternal Field" with Ernie LaPointe, the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull.

The sale of the book will benefit my favorite non-profit the American Indian College Fund.

Please copy and paste below link to purchase:

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/available-now-northern-plains-native-americans-a-modern-wet-plate-perspective-volume-1 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 17:29:21 GMT
Shane Balkowitsch Visits the European Collodion Weekend ECW 2019 in Luxembourg https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/shane-balkowitsch-visits-the-european-collodion-weekend-ecw-2019-in-luxembourg I spent the afternoon scanning the plates that I received from my friends at the European Collodion Weekend 2019 in Luxembourg. The magical work of Maris LocmelisSilvano Magnone and Anabelle Schattens. The next step is to frame them on black felt and hang them in my studio to share with all the visitors of my natural light studio.

I am so blessed to have such creative artists in my life. I feel that these images will bring a smile to my children's faces long after I am gone. The ultimate power of photography is to leave a permanent record of the past.

Thank you Maris, Anabelle and Silvano.


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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) ECW European Collodion Weekend Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/shane-balkowitsch-visits-the-european-collodion-weekend-ecw-2019-in-luxembourg Tue, 04 Jun 2019 17:21:03 GMT
St. Mary's Church, Bismarck, North Dakota Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/st-marys-church Wet Plate CollodionSt. Mary's Church, Bismarck, North Dakota, April 24th, 2019 Wet Plate CollodionSt. Mary's Church by Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate CollodionSt. Mary's Church, Bismarck, North Dakota, April 24th, 2019 Wet Plate CollodionSt. Mary's Church by Shane Balkowitsch

Saint Mary's Church, Bismarck, North Dakota with Father Jared Johnson and both 3rd grade classes standing out front. This may be the first time the Church has ever been captured in the historic process I hold so dear. Orlando Scott Goff had already established his wet plate studio by 1875 in Bismarck. I am not sure if he ever pointed his lens at this structure. An original plate is going to be auctioned off next week for charity. Bonnie Balkowitsch was my wet plate assistant today and she helped me considerably on site. I love you.

The idea I had for the extreme angle shot was thinking about what it was like when I was young boy and I stood in front of this Church. How tall the steeple seemed to me. It felt like it reached into the heavens. I am calling the plate "A Child's View of the Steeple at St. Mary's".  My grandparents, and my parents and my wife and I have all been married in this Church. I was an alter boy when I was ten years old and I helped with mass under Monsignor Feehan nearly 40 years ago. I remember that he would always reach into his little coin purse after ever mass and give us alter boys a dime for our services. I still have some of them to this day. I have fond memories of this place.

1875 - The Church of the Immaculate Conception, later known as the Church of St. Mary, is built at the corner of Main Avenue and Mandan Street in Bismarck. Fr. John Baptiste Marie Genin was the builder of the original St. Mary's Church.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 250mm lens, f11, 2 seconds of exposure, 7x7" square black glass ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. I used my original 5x7” camera, my first camera to capture these plates.

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Wet Plate CollodionBehind the Scene Images of the Capturing of St. Mary's Church, Bismarck, ND in Wet PlateShane Balkowitsch, Wet Plate Collodion, captures St. Mary's Church Wet Plate CollodionBehind the Scene Images of the Capturing of St. Mary's Church, Bismarck, ND in Wet PlateShane Balkowitsch, Wet Plate Collodion, captures St. Mary's Church Wet Plate CollodionBehind the Scene Images of the Capturing of St. Mary's Church, Bismarck, ND in Wet PlateShane Balkowitsch, Wet Plate Collodion, captures St. Mary's Church Wet Plate CollodionBehind the Scene Images of the Capturing of St. Mary's Church, Bismarck, ND in Wet PlateShane Balkowitsch, Wet Plate Collodion, captures St. Mary's Church Wet Plate CollodionBehind the Scene Images of the Capturing of St. Mary's Church, Bismarck, ND in Wet PlateShane Balkowitsch, Wet Plate Collodion, captures St. Mary's Church
 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Bismarck Father Jared Johnson North Dakota Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Saint Mary's Church Shane Balkowitsch St. Mary's Church Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/st-marys-church Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:43:26 GMT
Kary Danelle Janousek Captured in Wet Plate Collodion at Nostalgic Glass https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/kary-danelle-janousek Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschWet Plate Collodion Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschWet Plate Collodion Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschWet Plate Collodion

Lady Kary Danelle Janousek captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. Kary is the proprietor of High Hat Couture where she makes and restores historic hats.

https://www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/HighHatCouture

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylight at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota.

The plate with her on the couch with the bottle is called "The Couch Traveler".

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/kary-danelle-janousek Tue, 09 Apr 2019 19:42:03 GMT
Book Signing - Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective (Volume 1) https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/book-signing Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate CollodionNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspectiveby Shane Balkowitsch

Please celebrate with us the official book signing and launch of Volume 1 of "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective". At 2PM Ernie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull will be giving a short talk with flute playing by Dakota Goodhouse and an introduction by Shane Balkowitsch.

There will be Native American singers and dancers in the glass atrium following the talks. Shane will be on hand to sign copies of the first book for the series. This book celebrates the milestone of 250 plates for the series. All of the original black glass ambrotypes are curated by the Historical Society of North Dakota. Fifty of Shane's favorite images are featured in this first volume of 4 planned books.

Regalias Welcome, Honored and Cherished. There will be some refreshments and snacks also available to all who attend.

Worldwide Shipping! If you are out of the area and want to reserve a copy of the book when it becomes available complete this online form https://nostalgicglass.inditioncra.com/qz5wish
 

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"The Unexpected Eyes of Carlee" with Carlee Kora Gifford in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/-the-unexpected-eyes-of-carlee "The Unexpected Eyes of Carlee" with Carlee Kora Gifford, a student visitor captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass.

Carl Zeiss 300mm Tessar lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotype, natural light through Northern facing window and skylight.

Wet Plate Collodion"The Unexpected Eyes of Carlee" with Carlee Kora Gifford"The Unexpected Eyes of Carlee" with Carlee Kora Gifford

 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/-the-unexpected-eyes-of-carlee Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:28:42 GMT
"Enemies on the Plains" with Allan Demaray and C.J. Graham in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/-enemies-on-the-plains Wet Plate Collodion at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio"Enemies on the Plains" Wet Plate Collodionwith Allan Demaray "The Little Missouri" and C.J. Graham "Many Bears"

"Enemies on the Plains" with Allan Demaray "The Little Missouri" Mandan Hidatsa Arikara and C.J. Graham "Many Bears" Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f11, 3 seconds of exposure, temperature -2 degrees Farenheit, 8x10" black glass ambrotype.

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Accompanied by Joseph Kayne of Evanston, Illinois.

This was Allan Demaray's second visit to my studio.  Our thought was to do a dramatic wet patle scene in the snow.  We had many conversations about how to set this up, what they were going to wear. We had no idea on the day of the shoot it would be -2 degrees F. outside.  We were up against it, but we prevailed. It was very common for Native Americans to war with each other, as it was even more common for white people to war against each other. It is a dramatization of history, a way of remembering the past, for if we do not look at the past, how can we know where we are going.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/-enemies-on-the-plains Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:23:37 GMT
"Tresses of Amber" with Amber Christine Sams Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/-tresses-of-amber Wet Plate CollodionTresses of Amber in Wet Plate Collodionwith Amber Sams

“Tresses of Amber” with my friend Amber Sams, a black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 12 seconds of exposure, 8x10” black glass, natural light through Northern facing window and skylight.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Amber Sams Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/-tresses-of-amber Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:04:24 GMT
"The Five Transitions of Grief" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/-the-five-transitions-of-grief "The Five Transitions of Grief" - Denial, Misery, Bargaining, Acceptance and Overpowering, a wet plate collodion pentaptych, with the fabulous Caylin Cathey and Kevin R TengesdalOla Klimczak was also present to help behind the scenes. We have all felt grief and we all experience in our own ways. I believe it is the Oncology nurse in me that draws me to this reflection.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylight.

Watch a Video that Kevin Tengesdal composed - 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio shane balkowitsch Wet Plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/-the-five-transitions-of-grief Thu, 27 Dec 2018 21:50:14 GMT
Shane Balkowitsch "Shadow Catcher" Native American Naming Ceremony by Calvin Grinnell https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/shane-balkowitsch-shadow-catcher Shadow Catcher - Maa'ishda tehxixi Agu'agshi in HidatsaShane Balkowitsch "Shadow Catcher" Hidatsa Naming Ceremony"The Naming of Shadow Catcher", with Shane Balkowitsch, Calvin Grinnell, Jason Morsette, Dakota Goodhouse, Margaret Landin and Tiffany Baker

I am very honored and happy to report that today I received a new name. Calvin Grinnell "Running Elk" from the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation bestowed upon my own Native American name in a formal ceremony this afternoon. The name he chose for me was Maa'ishda tehxixi Agu'agshi which is Hidatsa and translates in English as "Shadow Catcher".  D.F. Barry was known as "Little Shadow Catcher" and Edward Curtis was also knows as "Shadow Catcher", both significant Native American photographers that came before me.  Calvin was aware of this and felt it was important for me to carry on the name and the tradition since they are no longer with us.  Jason Morsette also gifted me a song called "Shadow Catcher" that he composed and sang for me during the ceremony.  It was a beautiful ceremony and I want to thank everyone that attended, you know who you are.

I cannot explain in words what an honor this is for me and for the work I am trying to do for my friends.  They are now not only my friends but my brothers and sisters going forward.

At the end of the ceremony we had a traditional meal together and exchanged gifts in my natural light studio.  It was important for me to capture the event and my formal witnesses in silver on glass. Here you see an 8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process.  From left to right you will find Jason MorsetteCalvin GrinnellShane BalkowitschTonweya Tokaheya (Dakota Goodhouse), Margaret Gonzalez-Landin and Tiffany Baker.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f11, 2 seconds of exposure, I composed the shot and poured the plate and my daughter Abby did the honor of removing the lens cap.

Shadow Catcher - Maa'ishda tehxixi Agu'agshi - HidatsaCalvin Grinnell and Shane Balkowitsch at his Hidatsa Native American Naming CeremonyOctober 28th, 2018

 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Calvin Grinnell Hidatsa Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shadow Catcher Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/shane-balkowitsch-shadow-catcher Mon, 29 Oct 2018 19:17:21 GMT
"Necessary P.O. Box Not Allowed!" a Political Wet Plate Collodion with Margaret Landin https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/-necessary-p-o-box Margaret Landin"Necessary P.O. Box Not Allowed!" a Wet Plate Collodion PhotographNative American Voter Suppression in North Dakota

“Necessary P.O. Box Not Allowed!”, a wet plate collodion photograph in the historic process of silver on glass. Margaret Gonzalez-LandinDan Francis and Tom Wirtz were wonderful in helping me capture this important political image. PLEASE SHARE!

I had to come to the aid of my friends who are being forced through many steps in order to vote this November. This new unfair law is making it more difficult for Native Americans and others minorities to vote.

Just so everyone understands, the United States Government will not deliver to most physical addresses on the Reservations and require a post office box for mail. Remember we forced them on these reservations. This is a system and a requirement that has been in place for decades. But now a P.O. is not valid to vote? Most all states allow P.O. Box addresses for voting and North Dakota did until recently. This is a scheme to make legitimate citizens of this state illegible to vote and that simply will not stand. We need to make it easier for people to vote instead of making it harder. The technology that we have available can easily solve this problem, but we would rather disenfranchise people.

The point here is that Native Americans SHOULD NOT have to take ANY extra steps to insure they can vote in elections. Telling them to complete a PROVISIONAL BALLOT is telling them, your vote will not matter anyway. They were the first people of this country, need we be reminded. My wet plate camera is a tool that I am trying to use for positive change and awareness.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Margaret Landin Native American Voting North Dakota Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio shane balkowitsch Voter Suppression Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/-necessary-p-o-box Mon, 22 Oct 2018 19:03:15 GMT
A Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock Wet Plate Collodion Photo of Wild Buffalo on Open Plains https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/a-lone-buffalo-at-standing-rock Buffal Wet Plate CollodionA Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschA wild buffalo at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

I was very honored to be given the opportunity to take my portable wet plate dark room to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.  I was given permission to attempt to capture their official herd of wild buffalo.  A task that I could never have been prepared for, no matter what previous wet plate experience I have had.  Ray Moore, Sr. introduced me to Sid Bailey the gentleman that is responsible for caring for this majestic and sacred animals.  We were also joined by Scott Davis who is the Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. 

We spent 6 hours in 85 degree weather with 30mph winds trying to capture these beautiful animals in the process that I hold so dear.  It was nearly impossible to get the darkroom, the camera and the chemicals close enough to the animals in the timeframes required by the process.  If the plate dries in the field, the image is lost so we only had minutes to get the shot, and we found it more difficult than ever imagined.  These animals have hundred and hundreds of acres to roam, and roam they did.  I had to setup and take down my portable darkroom and chemicals no less than six times throughout the day.   When we first entered the field, Ray went around and smudged each of us and our vehicles before entering the buffalo's homeland.  It was a very spiritual moment and it prepared us for the task at hand. 

At the end of the day, the last image of the day, we spent an hour capturing what I now call "A Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock".  What I was left with was a sincere feeling of respect not only for the fabulous animals, but also for my Native American friend.  To think that they would hunt these animals on the open plains with no fences with nothing more than a bow and arrow or maybe a spear is almost unimaginable.  We had a meal together in the open under the beating sun and we all felt the achievement, we felt that we were making history in a small sense.  When was the last time this was ever done, if ever?  The buffalo do what buffalo want, as it should be.  I was amazed at the way they could transverse the open plains, when our modern 4x4 trucks were put to their limits.  The chemicals sloshing around in the back and the plates rattling as they dried. 

I was honored to be able to even attempt this and now that we have an image to show for it, I am proud of what we did that day, together, as a group.  Our entire goal was to pay these animals the respect that they deserve.  The fact that the best image of the day was of a single bull roaming up the hillside, speaks volumes to what we did to the once herds that numbered in the millions.   Also, it makes me think of how difficult it must have been for the Native Americans to be isolated by our government to a reservation when all they knew was to roam freely in this world. 

My life's work is to capture my friends here as they are today, to show that they are still here, to show that we have not stripped them of their culture or their spirit and to give them the dignity and respect they deserve for being the first people of this nation. 

Wild Buffalo Wet Plate CollodionCapturing the Wild Buffalo at Standing Rock in Wet Plate CollodionA Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock, a wet plate adventure by Shane Balkowitsch Wild Buffalo Wet Plate CollodionCapturing the Wild Buffalo at Standing Rock in Wet Plate CollodionA Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock, a wet plate adventure by Shane Balkowitsch Wild Buffalo Wet Plate CollodionCapturing the Wild Buffalo at Standing Rock in Wet Plate CollodionA Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock, a wet plate adventure by Shane Balkowitsch Wild Buffalo Wet Plate CollodionCapturing the Wild Buffalo at Standing Rock in Wet Plate CollodionA Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock, a wet plate adventure by Shane Balkowitsch Wild Buffalo Wet Plate CollodionCapturing the Wild Buffalo at Standing Rock in Wet Plate CollodionA Lone Buffalo at Standing Rock, a wet plate adventure by Shane Balkowitsch

The above digital black and white images were captured by Tom Wirtz.  Tom was also very instrumental in us capturing the final shot of the day and I am forever grateful for his friendship.   

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Monte Owen Yellow Bird, Sr., "Black Pinto Horse", Arikara Hidatsa in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/monte-owen-yellow-bird https://www.blackpintohorsefinearts.com/Monte Owen Yellow Bird, Sr., "Black Pinto Horse", Arikara Hidatsa Wet Plate CollodionWet Plate Collodion https://www.blackpintohorsefinearts.com/Monte Owen Yellow Bird, Sr., "Black Pinto Horse", Arikara Hidatsa Wet Plate CollodionWet Plate Collodion

Monte Owen Yellow Bird, Sr., "Black Pinto Horse", Arikara Hidatsa, a second visit to my studio by this great artist.

8x10" black glass ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process.

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Allan Demaray, Jr. "The Little Missouri" Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/allan-demaray Wet Plate Collodion Native AmericanAllan Thomas Demaray, Jr. "The Little Missouri", Mandan Hidatsa Arikara in Wet Plate CollodionNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Wet Plate Collodion Native AmericanAllan Thomas Demaray, Jr. "The Little Missouri", Mandan Hidatsa Arikara in Wet Plate CollodionNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective

Allan Thomas Demaray, Jr., "The Little Missouri", Mandan Hidatsa Arikara, wet plate collodion images for the series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure for studio plates, 2 seconds of exposure for outdoor plate, 8x10" black glass ambrotype, natural light.

http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/northernplains.htm

 

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Genevieve Rae Iron Lightning - Miss Black Hills - Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/genevieve-rae-iron-lightning Wet Plate CollodionGenevieve Rae Iron Lightning, "Stands First Woman", Cheyenne River SiouxMiss Black Hills 2017-2018

Genevieve Rae Iron Lighting, "Stands First Woman", Cheyenne River Sioux, presently Miss Black Hills 2017-2018 for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".  This young lady drove over 500 miles to have her portrait taken in my natural light studio.  It was a complete honor to capture her in the historic process that I hold so dear. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Genevieve Rae Iron Lightning Miss Black Hills Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch wet plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/genevieve-rae-iron-lightning Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:40:13 GMT
Tigirlily Revisted with Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/tigirlily-revisted TigirlilyTigirlily - Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh in Wet Plate CollodionTigirlily - The Bond of Sisters TigirlilyTigirlily - Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh in Wet Plate CollodionTigirlily - The Bond of Sisters

Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh of Tigirlily.  They are amazing musicians from North Dakota and have been friends of my studio from the very beginning.  Check out their music!  https://tigirlily.com/home

The close-up plate of them is called "The Bond of Sisters" per their request. 

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylight. 

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Sister Nations Color Guard Captured in Wet Plate Collodion at Nostalgic Glass https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/sister-nations-color-guard Native AmericanSister Nations Color Guard in Wet Plate CollodionSister Nations Color Guard

"Sister Nations Color Guard", with Belinda Runningwolf, Anabah Littlefeather, Michela Fay Alire and Angel Young. They are four members of twelve that represent the armed services. It was an honor to be able to capture them in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. I want to thank them for their service to our country.

https://www.facebook.com/sisternationscolorguard/

8x10" black glass ambrotype, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, 12 seconds of exposure, natural light through Northren facing windows and skylight.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Sister Nations Color Guard Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/sister-nations-color-guard Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:09:38 GMT
"Liberty Trudges Through Injustice" A Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/-liberty-trudges-through-injustice Liberty Trudges Through Injustice - FUCK TRUMP!Liberty Trudges Through Injustice a Wet Plate Collodion Collaborationby Shane Balkowitsch at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota

"Liberty Trudges Through Injustice", a wet plate collaboration, July 21st, 2018.  This collaborions was inspired by the painting at the Louvre "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugène Delacroix.

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Fifty-three collaborators came together for no other reason than  to create this image together.  This wet plate could not come at a more poignant time in our nation's history.  Lady Liberty and all that she stands for and represents is in peril.  We must come together and overcome all challenges to our freedom and the principles that this country was founded on.  I want to thank each and every person that contributed to this fabulous adventure.  I am so blessed to be on this creative path with all of you. 

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, Alessandro Gibellini studio camera, f11, 2 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate process of pure silver on glass.   

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Shane Balkowtisch, Ambrotypist   

Marek Dojs, Director

Michele Oster Renner, Wardrobe/Costumes

Cast:

Sabrina Hornung (Liberty)

Easton Freidt (Patriotic Boy)

Greyson Balkowitsch (Body)

Rachel Praus (Woman Bowing)

Andrea Andie Haman

Rissa Williams

Richard Loewen (Man w/ Sword)

Lance Loken

Eden Jackson (Soldier)               

Kevin Tengesdal (Face Down)

John LaLonde

Derek Harper (Downed Officer)

Josh Knudsen Aleson

Rob Sandness

Adam Steen

Laura Barker

Jessica Gustafson

Steve Schirber (Blunderbuss)

James Kyle (Weapons Master)

Abby Balkowitsch

Mitchell Cottew

Lacy Perkins

Kithe Malsam

Jacek Dojs

Maja Dojs

Tony Fladeland (Flute Player)

Support Staff:

Tom Wirtz, Assistant w/ Camera 

Moira McNichols, Liberty Styling

Doug Hanson, Ambrotype Consultant

Jason Lueder, Master Carpenter

Nolan Johnson, Videographer

Andrea Heidrich, Hair

Jenna Botner, Set Assistant

Chad Nodland, Photography 

Paul Noot, Set and Art Design

Marcus Johnson, Photography

Louis Ronald Zurn, Photography   

Pat Toepke, Prop Master 

Dustin White, Writer & Poet

Melanie Kuntz Malsam, Make-up

Nika Ostby, Wet Plate Apprentice

Kyla Meadows, Make-up

Emily Brandt, Backdrop Manager

Angie Pember Brockey, Flag Design

Joe Gartner, Smoke Special Effects

Kevin Kirkey, Historic Props

Ivy Brown Jacobson, Hair

SUPPORTERS:

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Props, Kevin Kirkey

Bismarck Historical Society, Mike LaLonde

State Historical Society of ND, Emily Ergen & Lindsay Schott

Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative (BDAC), Paul Noot

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Eugène Delacroix Liberty Leading the People Liberty Trudges Through Injustice Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/-liberty-trudges-through-injustice Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:33:45 GMT
The Legend of Heyokha with Reuben Fast Horse Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/the-legend-of-heyokha Reuben James Fast Horse, "Fast Horse", Hunkpapha (Hunkpapa), in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass.  Our main goal was to pay our respect to the great Heyokha.  The human manifestation of the Wakinyan Oyate (The Thunder Beings), for my series Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective. 

"For people who are as poor as us, who have lost everything, who had to endure so much death and sadness, laughter is a precious gift.  When we were dying like flies from white man's disease, when we were driven into reservations, when the government rations did not arrive and we were starving, watching the pranks and capers of the Heyoka were a blessing" - John Fire Lame Deer

The heyoka (haokah, heyokha) is a kind of sacred clown in the culture of the Lakota people of the Great Plains of North America.  The heyoka is a contrarian, jester, and satirist, who speaks, moves and reacts in an opposite fashion to the people around them. 

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"Without You" Wet Plate Collodion Ambrotypes with Natalie Tokach https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/-without-you “Without You”, with Natalie Tokach, black glass ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Natalie last visited my studio nearly four years ago when she was 14. I promised her a plate to celebrate her recent graduation. Her Mother Jamie Petersen has been a friend of my studio from the beginning of my creative journey.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, all natural light through North facing studio windows at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota.

 

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Floris White Bull "No Spiritual Surrender" NO DAPL in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/floris-white-bull Native American Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch Floris White Bull Wet Plate Collodion, Standing Rock Hunkpapa, NO DAPL!No Spiritual Surrender - NO DAPL! - Wet Plate Native American Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch Floris White Bull Wet Plate Collodion, Standing Rock HunkpapaNo Spiritual Surrender - NO DAPL! - Wet Plate

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"Ina" which translates as "Mother" and "No Spiritual Surrender" with Floris White Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota - Cochiti Pueblo, in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Floris is a advocate for her people and was instrumental in the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  This plate will be part of my exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum this August.

If you are interested in her story, please watch "Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock", my wet plate work is also featured in the documentary.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80184376

8x10" black glass ambrotype, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, natural light coming through Northern facing studio window at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio.  The closeup

WORDS OF FLORIS WHITE BULL, May 20th, 2018:

"I am beside myself.  This life, this journey has been a long road with it's own twists and turns. It has never been anything I would have expected. Life has taken some of the most important people in my life. I pray for the strength to endure this heartache. It makes those I love that much more valuable. I understand the fragility of life. They say when you lose your parents that you see your own mortality, it's true. I see how valuable this one life we have is. With the passing of my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, I've also experienced the gift of motherhood. I cannot imagine my life without my children and nieces and nephews (blood and adopted). They've given my life purpose. My relatives and people, our way of life, has given me a solid foundation of love and an honorable path to aspire to. I still live to make my family proud in the Star Camps. I live my life so that I may hold my head high in the next life among our ancestors; that I will be able to say I did my best.  You know how much you love your family. How when one gets sick or hurt, you wish you could do something to make it better, to help. Your child gets sick and you wish you could take it away. It's with this same love for the future generations that we fight. It's with this same love that measured against the threat of jail, is greater and worth the fight. We stand together out of love for our people, land, waters, the very lives that cannot voice their opposition- the trees, birds, the swimmers, the four legged, all creation that has every right to exist and be sustained by this world. Our love crosses the span of seven generations as we make the best decisions that we can with them in mind. What kind of life will they have? What will their quality of life be? We can bear the brunt of change for them. We have it within our power, unified, to right this path before it's out of our control. As a collective, humanity is taking so much that we are taking from the future. Our conviences are robbing those that come after us of even a simple life. We have it within our power to act. Not for glory. Not for ego. Not for credit. But out of love. That our actions come from a place of love. When we lose sight of our reasons, when our vision gets blurred by our human flaws of ego and jealousy, I pray we remind ourselves of our reasons to work through it with integrity, keeping in mind the youth are watching. Keep up the good fight my friends. Thank you again Shane Balkowitsch for your beautiful gift. For following your own heart. Where it has led along with your spirit has been a beautiful gift for the people. It has a power, a good power. Thank you so much for your friendship. Life is made beautiful by the souls that inspire, empower, uplift, and encourage."
#FREEREDFAWN #stillnoDAPL #waterislife

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"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse" the Clown Family in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/-three-faces-of-chief-crazy-horse Crazy Horse Wet Plate Collodion"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse" Wet Plate Collodion"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse", a triptych, Floyd Gene Clown, Sr. "Black Tail Calls You", Donald Peter Red Thunder "Crazy Horse" and Douglas Andrew War Eagle "Walks with Sacred Buffalo, of the Minnikojou Tribe. Crazy Horse Wet Plate Collodion"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse" Wet Plate Collodion"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse", a triptych, Floyd Gene Clown, Sr. "Black Tail Calls You", Donald Peter Red Thunder "Crazy Horse" and Douglas Andrew War Eagle "Walks with Sacred Buffalo, of the Minnikojou Tribe. Crazy Horse Wet Plate Collodion"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse" Wet Plate Collodion"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse", a triptych, Floyd Gene Clown, Sr. "Black Tail Calls You", Donald Peter Red Thunder "Crazy Horse" and Douglas Andrew War Eagle "Walks with Sacred Buffalo, of the Minnikojou Tribe.

"Three Faces of Chief Crazy Horse", a triptych, Floyd Gene Clown, Sr. "Black Tail Calls You", Donald Peter Red Thunder "Crazy Horse" and Douglas Andrew War Eagle "Walks with Sacred Buffalo, of the Minnikojou Tribe. The Grandsons of "one of the greatest Native Americans Warriors of the 19th Century." These plates will be included with my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" and archived by the Historical Society of North Dakota at the Heritage Center.

There is no known photograph of the great Chief. A 1934 sketch of Crazy Horse was made by a Mormon missionary after interviewing Crazy Horse's sister, who claimed the depiction was accurate.

The new book "Crazy Horse The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy" is now available.

https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Horse-Lakota-Warr…/…/B01K97AWLK

8x10" black glass ambrotypes in the historic wet plate process of pure silver on black glass. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure, natural light through Northern facing studio windows.

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"Composing Darkness" a Wet Plate Collodion Ambrotye with Richard Loewen https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/-composing-darkness "Composing Darkness" a black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process"Composing Darkness" Wet Plate Collodion with Richard LoewenShane Balkowitsch, Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota "Composing Darkness" a black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process"Composing Darkness" Wet Plate Collodion with Richard LoewenShane Balkowitsch, Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Bismarck, North Dakota

"Composing Darkness" and "Simply Richard", with the fabulous and talented musical artist, my friend Richard Loewen. 8x10" black glass ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. Richard Loewen was one of the first people to ever trust my camera and chemicals. That will never be forgotten.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, natural light coming through Northern facing studio windows. Styling and composition assistance by Maggie Belle Herr.

“Composing Darkness”
Words to accompany my wet plate of Richard Loewen
Plate #2718
By Shane Balkowitsch
May 7th, 2018

I find myself alone, searching for the notes that will release me,

Nothing seems in order, why does this struggle continue,

Just me and my box of strings, I have no other choice,

This need to create is like no other, a longing that I cannot explain,

The drink gives me momentary relief, but even that soon fades into oblivion,

My flower, my beautiful flower has wilted under this pressure,

As everything in life, time will consume all, there is no escaping it,

I have no choice but to continue to compose the darkness around me.

For only when my music finds its way to me, will I be free.

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"Justice for Judith" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/-justice-for-judith Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, 1614–18Justice for Judith, Wet Plate Collodion inspired by Judith Slaying Holofernes "Justice for Judith" by Shane Balkowitsch at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio

“Justice for Judith”, with Ben PaceAlexandria Knudson and Ali Horner, costume design and composition assistance by Maggie Belle Herr. Behind the scene digital images by Tom Wirtz.

8x10” black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure with natural light through Northern facing window.

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Shane Balkowitsch Family Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/shane-balkowitsch-family-captured-in-wet-plate-collodion Shane Balkowitsch Family Wet Plate CollodionShane Balkowitsch Family Wet Plate CollodionShane Balkowitsch Family Wet Plate Collodion

“The Balkowitsch Family”, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. My gang for life. It has taken me 2705 plates to get to this point over 5 years. Thanks to Troy Balzer for taking off the lens cap for our long family exposure.

8x10” black glass ambrotype, f4.5, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, 12 seconds of exposure, all natural light through Northern facing studio windows.

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Puddles the Clown Captured in Wet Plate Collodion Photography https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/puddles-the-clown Puddles the Clown - Pity Party - America's Got TalentPuddles the Clown - Pity Party - Captured in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschPuddles the Clown at The Fargo Theatre, March 27th, 2018

"Pity Party" with Puddles the Clown, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. Taken at the Fargo Theatre in the green room before his performance on March 27th, 2018.

The world would be a better place if everyone followed his lead. We can all learn a lesson from this sad clown.  We met as strangers and we left as friends.  Thank you Puddles for trusting my chemicals and camera to your likeness. 

Puddles the Clown - Pity Party - America's Got TalentPuddles the Clown - Pity Party - Captured in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschPuddles the Clown at The Fargo Theatre, March 27th, 2018 Puddles the Clown - Pity Party - America's Got TalentPuddles the Clown - Pity Party - Captured in Wet Plate Collodion by Shane BalkowitschPuddles the Clown at The Fargo Theatre, March 27th, 2018

8x10" black glass ambrotypes, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300 mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure, continuous flourescent lights. We left the text reversed just as the plate appears in person. Puddles thought it was important to show respect to the special process and large format camera that made the images. I cannot argue with that, so it will remain backwards. Puddles is wise beyond his years.

http://www.puddlespityparty.com/

"If by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled." - Red Skelton

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The Heard Museum, Acquiring Three Native American Wet Plates by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/the-heard-museum The Heard Museum, a world renowned Native American art collection in Arizona, is going to be acquiring three of my original plates into their permanent archive. http://heard.org/

My recent portrait of Ernie LaPointe, the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull, my portrait of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and my art piece "Death by Oil", featuring Darren Thompson.

They have requested some additional supporting information and items. I have been getting it all together over the past few months. They wanted prints of each of the plates as well as the original ambrotypes. I went above and beyond with the print of Ernie. I collaborated with my good friends Josh Withers and Herbert Ascherman Jr. to produce an original platinum print. Josh worked on my scan and produced an adequate negative on overhead projection film. Then Herb, a master printer in the historic platinum process, produced the most fabulous platinum print of my plate.

I have also collected numerous articles about "Death by Oil" that have been published. The original "Best Photograph" award at the North Dakota Human Rights and Arts Festival is also accompanying the plate. A signed copy of "Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy" by Ernie LaPointe will be with the plate in their archive. They also request my Artist Statement as well as Biography. All of this supporting information will be documented and indexed eventually online.

http://cdm262401.cdmhost.com/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15086coll2/id/335

As an artist, it is a huge honor to be able to place works of art in different museums around the world. I consider this a privilege and its importance is never lost on me. Thank you everyone for your support. I also want to thank Mario Nick Klimiades and his staff at The Heard for thinking my work is worthy of this distinction.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/feb/22/standing-rock-is-everywhere-one-year-later

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Meet Wet Plate Photography Shane Balkowitsch by On Portraits 1-18-2018 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/meet-wet-plate-photography-shane-balkowitsch Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Collodion PhotographerShane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Collodion PhotographerShane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Collodion Photographer

Very honored to have a story done about my work by On Portraits. 

https://www.onportraits.com/shane-balkowitsch-interview/

 

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Photomuse Museum in India to Curate Wet Plate of Natasha Joy Gourd "Different Star Woman" https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/photomuse

I am very excited to announce that my original wet plate of Natasha Joy Gourd "Different Star Woman" by Shane Balkowitsch, a second plate from "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" is going to be curated permanently by Photomuse in India. Photomuse is the only photography museum in India. It is a huge honor to have one of my pieces going to such a fabulous organization.

http://photomuse.in/

I want to thank Herb Herbert Ascherman Jr. for not only his friendship but for arranging this acquisition and placement of my original work. I also want to thank Dr. Unni Krishna Pulikkal the museum's founder and director.

PHOTOMUSE – The Museum of Photography is a national repository of photographic images that documents, preserves, interprets and promotes the natural, cultural and scientific inheritance of humanity through the medium of photography and photographic history while emphasizing India’s photographic legacy.

Through outreach and educational programs the museum emphasizes Indian and worldwide cultural, environmental preservation, and public education through photography. Nurturing a responsible generation with love for art, care for nature and respect for the humanity, using photography as an effective tool to instil such qualities, will be the ultimate goal of the Museum.

The Museum has an important duty to develop its educational role and attract wider audiences from the community, locality, or group it serves. Interaction with the constituent community and promotion of their natural and cultural heritage is an integral part of the educational role of the museum.

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Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Opening at BAGA https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/northern-plains-native-americans I awoke this morning with the most wonderful feeling. The friendship and kindness that I experienced last night at my opening was overwhelming. People keep asking to see more pictures, so here is just a few. Chad Nodland captured opening night with his digital camera. It was a good day for friendship, heritage and art.  The director from the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association told me that the attendance on opening night broke any previous opening in the galleries 30 year history. 

I was given two very special gifts on the day of my opening.  The first gift was from Ernie LaPointe, the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull.  I had taken a wet plate of him earlier in the day, the last plates at my old makeshift studio and he handed me his personal lance as a gift.  I also received from Chairman Charles Murphy a handmade buffalo bone necklace with Italian trade beads that he made for me personally.  I am very blessed to be on this creative path and my only goal is to make everyone proud who is involved in the series. 

http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Artist-uses-old-fashioned-photography-for-Native-American-collection-455186123.html

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Ernie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/ernie-lapointe Sitting BullErnie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting BullErnie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull Sitting BullErnie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting BullErnie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull

Ernie LaPointe, the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull, my dear friend captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. The plate with his drum is called “Oka Wicasa” which translates in Lakota as “Singer”. Native American drummers are called singers in their culture. These two plates represent the last plates that I will ever make in my original makeshift studio. Ernie is sitting in the same chair he did so many years ago when I took my first plate of a him. Ernie is where it all began for my “Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective” series.

8x10”’black glass ambrotypes, f4.5, Carl Zeiss Tessar 3 lens, 11 seconds of exposure, continuous fluorescent lights.

As of January 2018, the Heard Museum in Arizona, the world leader in Native American Art has requested the original plate "Singer" for their collection.  Ernie and I are very proud of this request and the original black glass ambrotype will be donated to them on our behalf. 

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"Who Will Stop Us?" Michael Foster Keystone Pipeline Valve Turner https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/-who-will-stop-us “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

 

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"Study of a Blacksmith's Downward Hammer Strike" in Wet Plate with Steve Schirber https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/-study-of-a-blacksmiths "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.

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Charles Recountre "Not Afraid to Look" DAPL Captured in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/charles-recountre Charles Eugene RencountreCharles Eugene RencountreCharles Eugene Rencountre

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

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August 21st, 2017 Solar Eclipse Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/solar-eclipse Solar Eclipse Wet Plate Collodion2017 Solar Eclipse in Wet Plate Collodion2017 Solar Eclipse in Wet Plate Collodion, Bismarck, North Dakota 12:32pm

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

 

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"Honoring Sky Woman" with Margaret Landin in the Wet Plate Collodion Process https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/-honoring-skywoman "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

 

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Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Exhibition Nov. 3rd, 2017 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/northern-plains-native-americans I have spent the last two years of my life capturing my friends in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. The original plates are archived and curated by the Historical Society of North Dakota at the Heritage Center. This will be the first time all 120 of the plates will be on display. This is only the beginning, my longterm goal is to capture 1000 Native Americans in my beloved process, a 20 year commitment I will cherish. 

http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/northernplains.htm

Please join us to celebrate a night of heritage and culture. Darren Thompson will be playing live flute music for the visitors. 

Everyone is welcomed to join us. I want everyone to know that regalias and traditional dress is very much welcomed and appreciated the night of the opening.  Friday November 3rd, 2017 from 5-7pm. 

Thank you Gilbert Kills Plenty Enemy III and Rusty Gillette for making the official posters. 

Poster by Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy IIINorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate PerspectivePoster by Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy III Poster by Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy IIINorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate PerspectivePoster by Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy III

 

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Nokota Wild Horses on The Dakota Plains Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/nokota-wild-horses I am so proud to share the entire series of plates from my "Wild Horses of the Dakota Plains", captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on black glass. These horses descend from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park with lineage back to the Native Americans from the Northern Plains.

I was accompanied by my friends Josh Withers, Victory Tischler-Blue, Mike LaLonde, John LaLonde, Tom Wirtz and of course my son Greyson. The time we shared on Saturday on the open prairie with the horses among us is something I will never forget. We started slow from afar but by the end of the day, my camera was in the herd and that transition can be seen in the work we did together. This was a team effort and I could never of achieved this by myself, so I am indebted to everyone involved. Josh Withers and Victory Tischler-Blue were instrumental in helping me make this possible. These beautiful animals are guarded and cared for by Frank and Leo Kuntz at their horse conservancy in Linton, North Dakota.

https://statemuseum.nd.gov/exhibits/horse/extend/nakota-horses

Victory Tischler-Blue created this black and white silent video of the horses:

NORTH DAKOTA from DESERT STUDIOS LLC on Vimeo.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm and 360mm lens, f11, 2 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes using my Alessandro Gibellini folding camera, behind the scene images courtesy of Tom Wirtz from Bismarck, North Dakota. 

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Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND Behind the Scene Images by Tom WirtzCopyright Tom Wirtz, Bismarck, ND

 

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Myron Dewey from Digital Smoke Signals Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/myron-dewey Myron Dewey, "Strong Thinker", Paiute Shoshone, for the series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective". 8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process.

I had the distinct honor of capturing in wet plate Myron Dewey, the filmmaker of "Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock", he is also the founder of Digital Smoke Signals.

www.digitalsmokesignals.com

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure, continuous florescent lighting.

Awake: A Dream from Standing RockMyron Dewey Digital Smoke SignalsMyron Dewey Digital Smoke Signals  

 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) dakota access pipeline myron dewey native american nostalgic glass wet plate studio shane balkowitsch standing rock sioux wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/myron-dewey Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:34:04 GMT
The Capsizing of Humanity - The Raft of the Medusa - A Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/the-capsizing-of-humanity The Capsizing of Humanity - The Raft of the MedusaThe Capsizing of Humanity, A Wet Plate Collodion CollaborationThe Capsizing of Humanity - The Raft of the Medusa

"The Capsizing of Humanity", June 17th, 2017, a wet plate collaboration eight months in the making. I based this work on the historic painting "The Raft of the Medusa" at the Louvre, one of the most horrific maritime events in history.

The Raft of the Medusa is an oil painting of 1818–1819 by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault. Completed when the artist was 27, the work has become an icon of French Romanticism.

8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. The original plate will be curated by the Historical Society of North Dakota at the Heritage Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f8, 2 seconds of exposure. 

Digital behind the scene images by Chad Nodland. 

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OFFICIAL LIST OF COLLABORATORS:

CASTAWAYS:
Lou Hafermehl
Noah Miller
Chad Balkowitsch
Richard Loewen
Tony Fladeland
Adam Steen
Kevin Tengesdal
Ben Pace
Adam Michal
Greyson Balkowitsch
Phillip Schultz
Brandon Wetch
John LaLonde
Morgan Drake
Abby Balkowitsch
(As Charlotte Picard)

SUPPORT STAFF:
Marek Dojs, Director
Mike LaLonde, Photography
Corey Carson, Photography
Moira McNichols, Make-up
Jason Lueder, Set Carpenter
James Lueder, Raft Carpenter
Melanie Kuntz Malsam, Make-up
Nolan Johnson, Videographer
John Sullivan IV, Wood Supply
Nika Ostby, Wet Plate Assist
Chad Nodland, Photography
Kim Olson, Set Assistant
Paul Noot, Artist of Water
Sabrina Hornung, Cyanotype Artist
Michele Oster Renner, Head of Sail
Linae Bieber, Head Costume
Nolan Johnson, Video
Andrea Heidrich, Hair
Angie Pember Brockey, Distress
Flag Designer
Dustin White, Writer & Poet
Chad Balkowitsch, Carpenter
Emily Brandt, Costume Assistant
Tom Wirtz. Assistant with Camera
Dan Miller, Fasting Collaborator
Nancy Willis, Water Assistant
Jeff Phillips, Set Assistant

 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Capsizing Humanity Medusa Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Raft Shane Balkowitsch The The Louvre Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion of the https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/the-capsizing-of-humanity Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:42:24 GMT
We Dance for Those Who Cannot, Isabella Dawn Lebeau in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/we-dance-for-those-who-cannot "We Dance for Those Who Cannot" the prayer of little Isabella Dawn Lebeau, Standing Rock Hunkpapa, her Native American name is "Sacred Meddlowlark Woman" and she is 10 years old.

Her Mother Dawn Wasin'Zi kept seeing Bella look at her shoes before dancing in her medicine or jingle dress. She asked her "What is the reason for the pause and looking down before dancing?" Bella said that she stares at her feet and says a prayer for her friend who is paralyzed and cannot dance himself. Dawn gave me permission to share this story and we used it for inspiration for this wet plate.

8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure. Title courtesy of Margaret Landin.

Native American, Wet Plate Collodion, Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate PerspectiveWe Dance for Those Who Cannot Wet PlateWe Dance for Those Who Cannot Wet Plate

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/we-dance-for-those-who-cannot Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:41:11 GMT
Richard Orville Grey Day "Wolf Eyes Looking" Hunkpapa Dakota in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/richard-orville-grey-day- Richard Orville Grey Day in Wet PlateNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Richard Orville Grey Day in Wet PlateNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Richard Orville Grey Day in Wet PlateNorthern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective

Richard Orville Grey Day, "Wolf Eyes Looking", Hunkpapa Dakota Standing Rock, for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective". The plate that captured his side profile will go to the permanent archive at the Historical Society of North Dakota and be part of the series. I thought this triptych of plates was worth sharing together.

http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/northernplains.htm

I want to thank Herbert Ascherman Jr., for without him, I never would have met Richard and taken his portrait. I also need to thank Dakota Goodhouse for taking time out of his day helping me locate Richard.

Carl Zeiss 300mm Tessar Lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, continuous florescent lighting, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes in the wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Native American Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/richard-orville-grey-day- Tue, 02 May 2017 19:55:55 GMT
Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn - Miss Indian World Captured in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/danielle-tasheena-finn
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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) . Danielle Finn Miss Indian World Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/danielle-tasheena-finn Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:23:10 GMT
Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse - Keeper of Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/chief-arvol-wilfred-looking-horse 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".

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/feb/22/standing-rock-is-everywhere-one-year-later

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.  We made two significant plates from our time together, one went to the Historical Society of ND permanently and the second plate is being curated by the Heard Museum in Arizona.  A huge honor.   

Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking HorseChief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse in Wet Plate, Lakota SiouxChief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse - 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Buffalo Pipe Bundle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gFeXjCIVpQ

 

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Father John Floberg Rector at the Saint James Episcopal Church in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/father-john-floberg 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!

Father John FlobergFather John Floberg, Saint James Episcopal Church at Cannon Ball, North Dakota in Wet Plate CollodionFather John Floberg

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Saint James Episcopal Church Dakota Access Pipeline NO DAPL Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/father-john-floberg Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:03:10 GMT
The Execution of Saint Sebastian in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/the-execution-of-saint-sebastian 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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Saint Sebastian Shane Balkowitsch St. Sebastian Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/the-execution-of-saint-sebastian Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:57:04 GMT
"Kintsugi" with Rowyn Hjelle and her Scar from Adrenocortical Carcinoma in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/-kintsugi "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

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Hjelle" Kintsugi Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Rowyn Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion adrenocortical carcinoma https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/-kintsugi Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:05:42 GMT
"Tableau Vivant of the Condemned" Vampire Wet Plate Collodion Series https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/-tableau-vivant-of-the-condemned "Tableau Vivant of the Condemned" Dan Miller and Rowyn Hjelle, 8x10" black glass Ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. 10 seconds of exposure.

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Dracula Nosferatu Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Succubus Vampire Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/-tableau-vivant-of-the-condemned Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:02:31 GMT
Brian Sorbo "My Eyes Have Seen Too Much" Dakota Access Pipeline NO DAPL! https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/brian-sorbo "My Eyes Have Seen Too Much" with Brian Sorbo, 5x7" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process. Brian has spent the last 3 months at Standing Rock documenting the Native American struggle with the Dakota Access Pipeline. He is originally from North Dakota and I am happy to now call him a friend.  Brian is the CEO of Flickersound, Inc. 

He is a visual effects expert from California and his work can be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars Episodes I & II and The Mummy Returns.

Brain Sorbo NO DAPL!Brian Sorbo "My Eyes Have Seen Too Much" NO DAPL!Brian Sorbo Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Brian Sorbo Dakota Access Pipeline NO DAPL Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/brian-sorbo Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:53:53 GMT
"The Son of God" with Mitch Miller in Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/-the-son-of-god A triptych of plates, "The Son of God", "Temptationis Oblitus" and "The Struggle for Favor", with Mitch Miller, Brianna Dick, Tessa Klein, Shawna Shea, Zmercedes Sunshine Beito with the direction by Dan Miller. We had an amazing and creative afternoon together.  My goal was to take a traditional wet plate of Jesus Christ in a traditional sense to honor the old masters that came before me with painting and sculpture. 

8x10" black glass ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure, continuous florescent daylight bulbs.

"The Son of God" Wet Plate Collodion"The Son of God" Wet Plate Collodion with Jesus Christ"The Son of God" Wet Plate Collodion

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Catholic Christianity Dan Miller Jesus Jesus Christ Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Temptationis Oblitus The Son of God The Struggle for Favor Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/-the-son-of-god Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:14:20 GMT
Donald Trump "POTUS Revealed" Wet Plate Collodion by Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/donald-trump-potus Trumps signed executive orders to approve the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline, on my birthday no less, January 24, 2017. Well this wet plate artist will not stand idly by without making an artistic statement. The shoot was immediately planned and the composition woke me from my sleep. It is an artist's responsibility to use his or her art for change.  Kevin Tengesdal was very kind to model as our Commander in Chief in the spur of the moment. 

"Art isn't for ovation but expression" per Kim Olson

My symbolism for the plate as described by Kevin himself -

Feather And Skull: Native American Oppression, Death of Native American Culture; Oil on Shirt: Destruction of Environment, Dirty Energy; American Flag: Zealous Patriotism; Money: Wall Street, Wealth Inequality; Tutu: Cancelling Arts & Culture; Mustache: Hitler, Totalitarianism; Crown: Self-Imposed Royalty, Privilege; Torn Leggings: Woman Issues, Men's Issues, LGBT Issues; Crotch: Grabbing America by the Balls, Grab Them By The Pussy; Necklace: Chains that Bind; Belly: Gluttony of America; Pinched Fingers: How Few Americans care.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Commander in Chief Donald Trump Grab Them by the Pussy POTUS President of the United States Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/donald-trump-potus Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:39:55 GMT
"Tolerance by Oppression" with Sophie Landin in Wet Plate Collodion NO DAPL https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/-tolerance-by-oppression "Tolerance by Oppression", Plate #3 in my No Dakota Access Pipeline Series. 8x10' black glass ambrotype in the wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Sophie is holding so carefully her little glass of pure water.

http://www.cshagen.com/us-senator-calls-on-bia-to-clear-anti-dapl-camps/

"Tolerance by Oppression" in Wet Plate, NO DAPLTolerance by Oppression

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) NO DAPL Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Tolerance by Oppression Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/-tolerance-by-oppression Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:29:48 GMT
"Death by Oil" with Darren Thompson in Wet Plate Collodion NO DAPL https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/-death-by-oil-with-darren-thompson-in-wet-plate-collodion NO DAPL"Death by Oil" with Darren Thompson in wet plate, No DAPLNO DAPL

"Death by Oil" with Darren Thompson, dedicated to the Dakota 38 and to my Native American friends who are trying to push back the Dakota Access Pipeline. I recently became aware of the historical fact that President Abraham Lincoln gave the order to execute 38 Native Americans a day after Christmas on December 26th, 1862 in Mankato Minnesota. To date, this is the largest mass execution ever performed in our nation's history.

It is important for us to know about the past so that we do not make the same mistakes or atrocities in the future.

I want to personally thank my new friend Darren for trusting my camera and lens with his likeness. It was by far the most emotional wet plate I have ever had the honor of making. Margaret Landin was also instrumental in helping behind the scenes making sure the Native American components were correct.

8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure.

North Dakota Human Rights Film and Art FestivalDeath by Oil - Best Photographwith Shane Balkowitsch and Darren Thompson

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Dakota Access Pipeline DAPL Darren Thompson Native American Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/-death-by-oil-with-darren-thompson-in-wet-plate-collodion Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:01:29 GMT
United Tribes Technical College Pow Wow 2016 in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/united-tribes United Tribes Technical College - UTTC - Pow Wow 2016, Bismarck, North DakotaUnited Tribes Technical College - UTTC - Pow Wow 2016, Bismarck, North DakotaUnited Tribes Technical College - UTTC - Pow Wow 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota
 

"Empowerment Through Unity", United Tribes Technical College Pow Wow 2016. The entire crowd raised their right hand in support of all Native Americans everywhere.
 

8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process. This plate will be archived by the Historical Society of North Dakota for all time.
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Pow Wow Shane Balkowitsch UTTC United Tribes Technical College Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/united-tribes Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:52:57 GMT
"Love Water, Not Oil" with Dale American Horse, Jr. Dakota Access Pipeline https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/love_water Love Water, Not Oil - NO DAPL!Love Water, Not Oil with Dale Benjamin American Horse, Jr., NO Dakota Access Pipeline! Wni Wiconi means Water is Life. Love Water, Not Oil - Wet Plate supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
 

"Love Water, Not Oil" with Dale Benjamin American Horse Jr., 8x10" black glass ambrotype in the wet plate collodion process.
 

The Standing Rock Sioux nation along with the support of many other tribes is attempting to push back the Dakota Access Pipeline here in North Dakota. Dale has been in the forefront of the resistance and made national news last week for his efforts.

Dale explained to me that "Mni Wiconi" means "Water is Life" and those words ring so true.
 


 

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/1/headlines/nd_2_stop_dakota_access_construction_by_locking_bodies_to_machines
 


 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) DAPL Dakota Access Pipeline Dale American Horse Dale American Horse, Jr. Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/love_water Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:39:09 GMT
Dakota Access Pipeline Dispute by Standing Rock Native Americans, August 15th, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/dakota-access-pipeline "You Cannot Drink Oil", a chant that I heard many times while visiting my friends at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.  I took on the role of biased photojournalist in an effort to show support for this cause.  Their cause is just and these are not protestors but protectors, please give them your support. 
 

http://www.inforum.com/news/4095792-documenting-nd-pipeline-protests-time-machine-tech?utm_source=Facebook_Inforum&utm_medium=SocialPost
 

http://www.cshagen.com/water-and-oil-do-not-mix/
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Dakota Access Pipeline NO DAPL Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/dakota-access-pipeline Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:11:27 GMT
Orlando Scott Goff Featured in North Dakota History Journal, August 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/orlando-scott-goff August 9th, 2016
 

RE: Orlando Scott Goff, “North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains”, Summer 2016
 

Dear Friends,

I am very excited to finally be able to share this copy of the journal with the world. Two years ago I started on the dream of bringing to light the almost forgotten wet plate artist Orlando Scott Goff. You see Orlando practiced wet plating in the Dakota’s before me and I am honored not only to bring attention to his work but also to follow in his footsteps. The moment that I saw his plates at Fort Abraham Lincoln and put my eyes upon his portrait of Sitting Bull, I knew I wanted to do something special in his memory.
 

 

I have to thank my good friend Lou Hafermehl the local historian for believing in this project. If it was not for his research and eloquent words, this would not have been possible. I also want to thank Pam Berreth Smokey the Editor for believing our document on Goff was significant enough to dedicate the entire journal to our vision.

 

I have always felt that history is very important. Without knowing where we have been, how do we gauge where we are going?

I hope you enjoy this fabulous and historic document about a man that came many decades before my time. I can only hope that someday someone would do the same for my wet plate name, work and legacy.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Historical Society of North Dakota Lou Hafermehl North Dakota Journal Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Orlando Scott Goff Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/orlando-scott-goff Tue, 09 Aug 2016 15:00:05 GMT
The Grand River at Sitting Bulls's Cabin with Ernie LaPointe, July 9th, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/sittingbull "The Grand River at Sitting Bull's Cabin" (Tataka Lyotake) with Ernie LaPointe, his Great Grandson.  This is less than 200 yards from the site of where the great chief was murdered.  Sitting Bull would have drawn water from here.  He was killed on December 15th, 1890 and the importance and tragedy of this place is palpable. 
 

5"x7" black glass ambrotype in the wet plate collodion process from 1848, silver on glass, this is my first ever landscape.
 

Sitting Bull, Ernie LaPointe, Balkowitsch Wet PlateThe Cabin at Sitting Bull's Cabin with Ernie LaPointeThe Cabin at Sitting Bull's Cabin with Ernie LaPointe
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Ernie LaPointe Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Sitting Bull Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/sittingbull Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:54:54 GMT
The Fourth of July 2016 Balkowitsch Fireworks in Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/the-fourth-of-july I have wanted to for some years to try and capture our family fireworks finale when we celebrate Independence Day.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  So I took my wet plate camera, gear and chemicals and had only one shot.  After checking the ground glass numerous times and making an educated guess of 45 seconds for the exposure, we were so happy with the results. 
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) 4th of July Fireworks Fourth of July Independence Day Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/the-fourth-of-july Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:26:52 GMT
Clay Jenkinson Captured in the Historic Wet Plate Process, July 1st, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/clay-jenkinson I was truly honored to share my beloved wet plate collodion process with historian Clay Jenkinson.  We took a moment to capture his portrait.  It was very interesting to get his historical perspective and insight.  We plan on collaborating in the future on different projects.   
 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_S._Jenkinson
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Clay Jenkinson Dickinson State University Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch The Dakota Institute Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/clay-jenkinson Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:22:15 GMT
Murderer's Gulch Wet Plate Collaboration, June 11th, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/gulch Murderer's GulchMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate, Bismarck, NDMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate
 

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 11th, 2016.  City of Bismarck gave us permission to take over the alley.  Six months of planning with many collaborators and a budget of $0.00 dollars.  The final 8x10" black glass ambrotype is being curated by the Historical Society of North Dakota indefinitely.  This was most rewarding and creative experience of my wet plate career. I need to say a special thanks to Marek Djos from the University of Mary for taking on the role as the director.  Without his talent, vision and wisdom, we would have been lost in that deadly alley. 
 

June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch June 11th, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAMurderer's Gulch Wet Plate CollodionMurderer's Gulch
 

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Director -
Marek Dojs
 

Soiled Doves -
Bonnie Balkowitsch (the Madame)
Farren Nelson
Jordan Rae Mulder
Andrea Anderson Haman
Megan Frankl
Amy 'Sally Stitches' Hendrickson
 

Murderers -
Kevin R Tengesdal
Richard Loewen
Rob Sandness
Derek Harper
Jerome Hathaway
John Sullivan IV
Brandon L. Wetch
Pat Toepke
Monte Faul
 

Drunk Lady -
Emily Brandt
 

Homeless Boy -
Greyson Balkowitsch
 

Travelers -
Corey Bloom and Eve
 

Stray Dog -
Banjo, owner Jessie Lanae Leben
 

Support Staff -
Mike LaLonde (Photography)
Jerry Anderson (Photography Consultant)
Dustin White (Writer)
Moira McNichols (Make-up)
DeAnne Billings (Seamstress and Wardrobe)
Nolan Johnson (Videographer)
Jessie Lanae Leben (Assistant and Animal Control)
Brad Slaubaugh (Photography) provided by Jack Glasser (ABOVE DIGITAL IMAGES)
Lori Sager (Costumes)
Jason Lueder (Set Carpenter)
Beth Nodland (Local Historian)
John Sullivan IV (Set Master)
Gregory Joel Frank (Wet Plate Apprentice)
Marshall Lipp (Photography)
 

SUPPORTERS / CONTACTS:
Bismarck Historical Society, Mike LaLonde and Walt Bailey
State Historical Society of ND, Emily Ergan & Lindsay Schott
Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative (BDAC), Paul Noot
Dakota West Art Council, Eileen Walsh
Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, Aaron Barth
City of Bismarck, Mike Seminary and Mike Berg
Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, David Borlaug
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Historical Society of North Dakota Marek Djos Murderer's Gulch Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/gulch Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:41:57 GMT
Tigirlily - Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh in Wet Plate Collodion, May 1st, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/tigirlily

Tigirlily, captured in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh were born and raised in North Dakota. They are the new faces of music in our state.
 

I just received confirmation from the Historical Society of North Dakota that they want the plate of them with the guitar for their permanent archive. The ladies are going to be so very excited for this honor.
 

www.tigirlily.com
 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tigirlily/id594352631
 

Behind the scene images by Corey Carson from Elevate Studios, http://www.imelevate.com/
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Historical Society of North Dakota Kendra Slaubaugh Krista Slaubaugh Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Tigirlily Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion www.tigirlily.com https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/tigirlily Tue, 03 May 2016 16:13:30 GMT
Monte Yellow Bird, "Black Pinto Horse" in Wet Plate, April 12th, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/monte-yellow-bird Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. "Black Pinto Horse", Arikara Hidatsa, in the wet plate collodion process. Plate #11 for the series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Monte is a celebrated artist. In 2012 he did this ledger art depicting a 19th century photographer taking a couples plate, it is called "Watch the Birdie". I now have a print in my studio.
 

Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, 8x10" black glass ambrotype, 11 second exposure.
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Arikara Black Pinto Horse Hidatsa Monte Yellow Bird Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/monte-yellow-bird Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:15:04 GMT
Harold Bach, World War II Veteran in Wet Plate, April 1, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/harold-bach Corporal Harold Bach, World War II Veteran, 791st Quartermasters Trucking Company, he is 96 years old and is the last living survivor of his company of 100 soldiers. The glass plate is being accepted by the Historical Society of North Dakota into their permanent archive. A copy of Harold's memoirs "Memories of the Depression, World War II, and Happier Years" will also accompany the plate. 8x10" black glass ambrotype in the wet plate collodion process. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, 12 second exposure. It is an honor to capture this portrait for his family.
 

We must all realize that we are losing 550 World War II veterans a day and we must thank them and cherish them while they are still with us. 
 

Harold Bach, World War IICorporal Harold Bach in Wet PlateHarold Bach, World War II
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Harold Bach Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Veteran Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion World War II https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/harold-bach Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:01:41 GMT
Dave Archambault II and Frank White Bull in Wet Plate, March 23rd, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/dave-archambault My series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" for the Historical Society of North Dakota is well on its way.  The goal is to capture 50 large black glass ambrotypes of different tribal members from all over the state.  Yesterday I had the honor of having Dave Archambault II the Tribal Chairman for the Standing Rock Sioux and his friend Frank White Bull, a fabulous local photographer.  We only had an hour together in studio but in that time we were able to capture two wet plates for the Heritage Center.   
 

http://standingrock.org/
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Dave Archambault Frank White Bull Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Standing Rock Sioux Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/dave-archambault Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:13:05 GMT
Kevin Locke, "First to Arise" Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, February 23rd, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/kevin-locke I am very honored to be able to capture Kevin Locke, a world renowned Native American flute player in my beloved wet plate process.  He has traveled all over the world and give lectures and talks about his people and their way of life.  This plate is going to be included in my new series "Dakota Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" being curated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. 
 

http://www.newsadvance.com/the_burg/features/cover_story/native-american-artist-kevin-locke-bringing-traditional-dance-storytelling-to/article_5e912225-e8d8-5de9-a75c-e87401b97c16.html
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Kevin Locke Lakota Native American Wet Plate Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/kevin-locke Thu, 25 Feb 2016 21:08:11 GMT
Scott Davis, Commisioner of North Dakota Indian Affairs in Wet Plate, February 16th, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/scott-davis I am presently working with the State Historical Society of North Dakota to produce 50 black glass ambrotypes of Native Americans from around the state.  Scott Davis, Sr. is the Commissioner of North Dakota Indian Affairs and I had the privilege of showing him the process first hand.  He is presently working on the Native American Hall of Honor for North Dakota.  I am very proud to be collaborating with the Historical Society and Mr. Davis on this very special project. https://vimeo.com/155040368
 

Scott Davis, North DakotaScott Davis, Sr. Commissioner of North Dakota Indian Affairs in Wet PlateScott Davis, Sr. Commissioner of North Dakota Indian Affairs Scott Davis, North DakotaScott Davis, Sr. Commissioner of North Dakota Indian Affairs in Wet PlateScott Davis, Sr. Commissioner of North Dakota Indian Affairs
 


 


 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) North Dakota Indian Affairs Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Scott Davis Scott J. Davis Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/scott-davis Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:52:01 GMT
Tonweya Tokaheya (Dakota Goodhouse) - Native American Indian Wet Plate, January 31st, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/tonweya-tokaheya-dakota-goodhouse Tonweya Tokaheya (Dakota Goodhouse) in the wet plate collodion process.  These are the first plates of a series I am working on for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Our goal is to capture important Native American tribal members and elders from around the state.  One plate from each sitting will go into their permanent archive.  Dakota and I have decided that the 8x10" black glass ambrotype of him with the buffalo hide will be donated to the state in his honor. 
 

I cannot explain how honored I am to be a part of such a very important endeavor.

5x7 and 8x10 clear and black glass ambrotypes, Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm and 360mm lenses, 10 second exposures in Archer's process.
 

Tonweya Tokaheya (Dakota Goodhouse) in the wet plate collodion process.  These are the first plates of a series I am working on for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Our goal is to capture important Native American tribal members and elders from around the state.  One plate from each sitting will go into their permanent archive.  Dakota and I have decided that the 8x10" black glass ambrotype of him with the buffalo hide will be donated to the state in his honor.  

I cannot explain how honored I am to be a part of such a very important endeavor. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Dakota Goodhouse Indian Native American Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch State Historical Society of North Dakota Tokeheya Tonweya Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/tonweya-tokaheya-dakota-goodhouse Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:37:07 GMT
"Amber of the Priory" with Amber Sams, January 22nd, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/-amber-of-the-priory-with-amber-sams-january-22nd-2016 I had the distinct pleasure of having Amber Sams revisit my wet plate studio.  I received a nun's habit from Lori Sager and we were anxious to give this garment a try in wet plate.  Lori was on-hand to help with styling as well.  We decided to call the work "Amber of the Priory". 
 

"Amber of the Priory" with Amber Sams, habit by Lori Sager"Amber of the Priory" "Amber of the Priory" with Amber Sams, habit by Lori Sager"Amber of the Priory"
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Amber Sams Catholic Lori Sager Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Nun Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/-amber-of-the-priory-with-amber-sams-january-22nd-2016 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:33:15 GMT
The Native American Deer Woman in Wet Plate Collodion, January 15th, 2016 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/the-deer-woman-in-wet-plate-collodion-january-15th-2016 "The Deer Woman"
 

Inspired by folklore from the Native American culture of the Pacific Northwest. A rewarding collaboration with aspiring make-up artist Kyla Meadows and her muse and friend Alex Allen.
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Indian Native American Shane Balkowitsch The Deer Lady The Deer Woman Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/the-deer-woman-in-wet-plate-collodion-january-15th-2016 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:24:28 GMT
Mike Seminary, Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota, December 10th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/mike-seminary-mayor-of-bismarck-north-dakota-december-10th-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 of North Dakota.  We made two 8x10" black glass ambrotypes.  The one with his beloved harmonica will go to the Heritage Center. 
 

www.mikeseminary.com
 

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"Inevitable Loss" with Jessie Leben, A Collaboration, December 8th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/-inevitable-loss-with-jessie-leben-a-collaboration I was very honored to have the students from the University of Mary out to my humble wet plate studio last night.  We collaborated on a piece that we have titled "Inevitable Loss".  Marek Djos and his students were more than enthusiastic and everyone had a say in the final composition and lighting.  As always, it was a pleasure to have the very talented Jessie Leben as our muse for this conceptual shot.  She also designed the outfit that was used.  I look forward to continuing to work with the students and the college in the coming years. The final plate is an 8x10" black glass ambrotype using ad Carl Zeiss 300mm lens and my Alessandro Gibellini Made in Italy studio camera. 
 

Wet Plate Collodion"Inevitable Loss" Wet Plate Collodion Black Ambrotype with Jessie Leben"Inevitable Loss"
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Inevitable Loss Jessie Leben Marek Djos Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/-inevitable-loss-with-jessie-leben-a-collaboration Wed, 09 Dec 2015 19:42:33 GMT
Kat Perkins in Wet Plate Collodion for the First Time, November 30th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/kat-perkins-in-wet-plate-collodion-for-the-first-time-november-30th-2015 The one and only Kat Perkins visited my wet plate studio today for a couple of hours. She was raised here in North Dakota and was a contestant on the 6th season of "The Voice". She is holding a concert tonight at the Belle Mehus which we will be attending. This shoot was a year and a half in the making and the main goal was to get one 8x10" black glass ambrotype for the North Dakota Historical Society. She fell in love with the process and we all had a wonderful time creating together. A big thanks to Corey Carson from Elevate Studios (www.imelevate.com) for taking the behind the scene images of our shoot. His eye behind the ground glass is also greatly appreciated.  The plate with her holding the microphone will be going to the permanent archive of the State Historical Society of North Dakota at the Heritage Center here in Bismarck. 
 

www.katperkinsmusic.com
 

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Images provided by Elevate Studios, Bismarck, NDKat Perkins Wet Plate CollodionKat Perkins Wet Plate Collodion Images provided by Elevate Studios, Bismarck, NDKat Perkins Wet Plate CollodionKat Perkins Wet Plate Collodion Images provided by Elevate Studios, Bismarck, NDKat Perkins Wet Plate CollodionKat Perkins Wet Plate Collodion Images provided by Elevate Studios, Bismarck, NDKat Perkins Wet Plate CollodionKat Perkins Wet Plate Collodion Images provided by Elevate Studios, Bismarck, NDKat Perkins Wet Plate CollodionKat Perkins Wet Plate Collodion Images provided by Elevate Studios, Bismarck, NDKat Perkins Wet Plate CollodionKat Perkins Wet Plate Collodion
 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Kat Perkins Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch The Voice Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/kat-perkins-in-wet-plate-collodion-for-the-first-time-november-30th-2015 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 21:05:17 GMT
Monsignor James P. Shea, University of Mary, Captured in Wet Plate, October 19th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/monsignor-james-p-shea-university-of-mary-captured-in-wet-plate-october-19th-2015 I had the true honor of capturing our very own Monsignor Shea from the University of Mary in the wet plate collodion process.  The main goal for the shoot was to have one of the plates make its way to the archive at the Historical Society of North Dakota.  We made good on that goal.  On October 29th, the Heritage Center took possession of the plate entitled simply "Monsignor", a black 8x10" ambrotype.  We made four plates total that day, one for the Historical Society, one for Monsignor's personal collection, one for my collection and one was donated to the faculty and students of his beloved college. 
 

Wet Plate CollodionMonsignor James P. Shea, Wet Plate Session, October 19th, 2015Monsignor James P. Shea, University of Mary, Wet Plate Collodion Wet Plate CollodionMonsignor James P. Shea, Wet Plate Session, October 19th, 2015Monsignor James P. Shea, University of Mary, Wet Plate Collodion Wet Plate CollodionMonsignor James P. Shea, Wet Plate Session, October 19th, 2015Monsignor James P. Shea, University of Mary, Wet Plate Collodion Wet Plate CollodionMonsignor James P. Shea, Wet Plate Session, October 19th, 2015Monsignor James P. Shea, University of Mary, Wet Plate Collodion
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Monsignor James P. Shea Mosignor Shea Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch University of Mary Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/monsignor-james-p-shea-university-of-mary-captured-in-wet-plate-october-19th-2015 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:48:46 GMT
"Rocket Boy" with Greyson Balkowitsch, October 9th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/-rocket-boy-with-greyson-balkowitsch-october-9th-2015 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".
 

http://www.kiderafineart.com/ed/
 

Collaboration with Ed KideraGreyson Balkowitsch, "Rocket Boy"Wet Plate Colloidion   Collaboration with Ed KideraGreyson Balkowitsch, "Rocket Boy"Wet Plate Collodion
 

Collaboration with Ed KideraGreyson Balkowitsch, "Rocket Boy"Wet Plate Collodion
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Collodion Ed Kidera Greyson Balkowitsch Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Plate Shane Balkowitsch Wet Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/-rocket-boy-with-greyson-balkowitsch-october-9th-2015 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:16:24 GMT
"An Early Morning Row" with Lou Hafermehl at McDowell Dam, August 29th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/-an-early-morning-row-with-lou-hafermehl-at-mcdowell-dam-august-29th-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 together. He has been like a father figure to me. About 18 months ago he took on the challenge of making his own wooden row boat, by hand. He spent hundreds and hundreds of hours assembling this boat, many of which were in my back warehouse during the long winter. I told him from the start, as soon as it is finished, I want to shoot you and your boat in wet plate, and today was the day. We went out to McDowell Dam just East of Bismarck and after taking laps around the lake took some plates. How I adore this gentleman.  The name of his boat is "Eyes of Lila" named after a plant that he saw in India years ago. 
 

The State Historical Society of North Dakota will be accepting this original glass plate into their permanent archive.  What an honor. 
 

Lou Hafermehl and his hand-made boat "Eyes of Lila""An Early Morning Row" with Lou HafermehlMcDowell Dam, Bismarck, ND
 

Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio of Shane BalkowitschBehind the scene images of the shooting of "An Early Morning Row" at McDowell Dam, Bismarck, ND August 29th, 2015 Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio of Shane BalkowitschBehind the scene images of the shooting of "An Early Morning Row" at McDowell Dam, Bismarck, ND August 29th, 2015 Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio of Shane BalkowitschBehind the scene images of the shooting of "An Early Morning Row" at McDowell Dam, Bismarck, ND August 29th, 2015 Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio of Shane BalkowitschBehind the scene images of the shooting of "An Early Morning Row" at McDowell Dam, Bismarck, ND August 29th, 2015
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Lou Hafermehl McDowell Dam, Bismarck, ND Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/-an-early-morning-row-with-lou-hafermehl-at-mcdowell-dam-august-29th-2015 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:02:28 GMT
David Borlaug from Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, August 21st, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/david-borlaug-from-lewis-and-clark-fort-mandan-foundation-august-21st-2015 I had the distinct pleasure of taking a wet plate portrait of a gentleman by the name of David Borlaug. He is the President of the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. They have plans to have some wet plate assignment work for me in the near future. 5x7 clear glass ambrotype in Archer's process.
 

http://www.fortmandan.com/
 

8/21/2015David Borlaug, Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan FoundationDavid Borlaug in the wet plate collodion process.
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) David Borlaug Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/david-borlaug-from-lewis-and-clark-fort-mandan-foundation-august-21st-2015 Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:00:48 GMT
"The Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia" with Jessie Leben, July 22nd 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/-the-drowning-of-shakespeares-ophenia-with-jessie-leben-july-22nd-2015 Ophelia is a tragic figure of William Shakespeare, the fiancé to Hamlet.  She is driven to insanity and ends her life by drowning.  Of all the pivotal characters in Hamlet, Ophelia is the most static and one-dimensional. She has the potential to become a tragic heroine -- to overcome the adversities inflicted upon her -- but she instead crumbles into insanity, becoming merely tragic.
 

It was a large undertaking bringing a body of water into the studio for this conceptual shoot.  I was fortunate enough to have the talented Jessie Leben in my studio again to help me pull this off.  She had to endure the water for nearly 4 hours while we captured her image on silver and glass. 
 

Wet Plate CollodionThe Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia in the wet plate process. Featuring Jessie Leben. "The Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia" Wet Plate CollodionThe Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia in the wet plate process."The Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia" Wet Plate CollodionThe Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia in the wet plate process."The Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia" Wet Plate CollodionThe Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia in the wet plate process."The Drowning of Shakespeare's Ophelia"
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Jessie Leben Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Ophelia Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion William Shakespeare https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/-the-drowning-of-shakespeares-ophenia-with-jessie-leben-july-22nd-2015 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:22:20 GMT
"Departure on the Plains" at Fort Abraham Lincoln, July 12th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/-departure-on-the-plains-at-fort-abraham-lincoln-7-12-2015 "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.  This was shot at Fort Abraham Lincoln, near Mandan, North Dakota.  Elizabeth Schuh agreed to be my muse.  I was on hand to see the hanging of one of my original glass ambrotypes on the wall of Custer House.  It will hang there forever amongst the history of that place. 
 


 

Wet Plate "Departure on the Plains" with Elizabeth SchuhDeparture on the Plains, Fort Abraham Lincoln, Mandan, North Dakota
 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Elizabeth Schuh Fort Abraham Lincoln Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/-departure-on-the-plains-at-fort-abraham-lincoln-7-12-2015 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:07:04 GMT
North Dakota State Capitol Building first time in Wet Plate, July 3rd, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/north-dakota-state-capitol-building-first-time-in-wet-plate-july-3rd-2015 I had the pleasure of capturing the historic and iconic North Dakota State Capitol Building here in Bismarck, ND.  I was born and raised in Bismarck and have driven by this building thousands of times.  I wanted to capture something different, something not seen before.  This is the first time this building has even been photographed in my beloved process. 
 

July 3rd, 2015North Dakota State Capitol Building, Bismarck, North DakotaNorth Dakota State Capitol Building, Bismarck, North Dakota caught for the first time in the historic wet plate collodion process. July 3rd, 2015North Dakota State Capitol Building, Bismarck, North DakotaNorth Dakota State Capitol Building, Bismarck, North Dakota caught for the first time in the historic wet plate collodion process.
 

Behind the scene digital images courtesy of Corey Carson from Elevate Studios, Bismarck. 
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) ND State Capitol North Dakota State Capitol Building Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch State of North Dakota Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/north-dakota-state-capitol-building-first-time-in-wet-plate-july-3rd-2015 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:39:28 GMT
Amber Sams Immortalized in Wet Plate, May 29th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/amber-sams-immortalized-in-wet-plate-may-29th-2015 Very fortunate to have the company of Amber Sams in my studio today. 
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Amber Sams Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/amber-sams-immortalized-in-wet-plate-may-29th-2015 Sat, 30 May 2015 20:50:23 GMT
Julia Margaret Cameron Honored with Wet Plate of The Kiss of Peace, May 27th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/julia-margaret-cameron-honored-with-wet-plate-of-the-kiss-of-peace-may-27th-2015 "The Kiss of Peace" by Julia Margaret Cameron was taken in 1869, ten years before her death.  I have always found her images to be moving and graceful. In my own way of paying respect and honor to her work, I attempted my own images inspired by her formidable photograph.
 

https://analyzing19thcentury.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/the-kiss-of-peace/
 

"The Kiss of Peace" by Julia Margaret Cameron was taken in 1869"The Kiss of Peace" by Julia Margaret Cameron was taken in 1869"The Kiss of Peace" by Julia Margaret Cameron was taken in 1869, ten years before her death. I have always found her images to be moving and graceful. In my own way of paying respect and honor to her work, I attempted my own images inspired by her formidable photograph. https://analyzing19thcentury.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/the-kiss-of-peace/
 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Julia Margaret Cameron Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch The Kiss of Peace Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/julia-margaret-cameron-honored-with-wet-plate-of-the-kiss-of-peace-may-27th-2015 Thu, 28 May 2015 16:31:54 GMT
The Bank of North Dakota Captured in Wet Plate for the State Archive, May 20th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/the-bank-of-north-dakota-captured-in-wet-plate-for-the-state-archive-may-20th-2015 I am very honored to have captured the Bank of North Dakota for the State Historical Society of North Dakota in wet plate.  It is important that we remember that in present day we are making history and that 150 years from now this image may be historically significant.  One plate is going to the State Archives and I am donating another glass plate to the citizens of North Dakota to be displayed at the bank. 
 

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My Beautiful Wife Captured in the beloved Wet Plate Collodion Process, May 9th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/my-wife-captured-in-wet-plate-may-9th-2015 I had the wonderful pleasure of spending some personal time with my wife Bonnie in my studio.  She is the Mother of our four children and my best friend.  I am very lucky to have her. 
 

The Quite Delightful Project in the United Kingdom, run by women, for women have featured Bonnie's plate,
 

http://www.theenglishgroup.co.uk/blog/2015/05/21/bonnie/
 


 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/my-wife-captured-in-wet-plate-may-9th-2015 Tue, 12 May 2015 15:56:34 GMT
Brittney Olsen and her 1923 Harley Davidson "J" Model Bike in Wet Plate, May 6th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/brittney-olsen-and-her-1923-harley-davidson-j-model-bike-in-wet-plate-may-6th-2015 I had the huge pleasure of capturing Brittney Olsen and her 1923 Harley Davidson "J" Model dirt track bike in the wet plate collodion process.  She has wanted to accomplish this for years and today was the day.  We he a common friend in Paul d'Orleans from The Vintagent, he is the man who is responsible for introducing me to the collodion process in the first place. 
 

Brittney Olsen, 1923 Harley Davidson "J" Model Dirt Track Racer in Wet Plate CollodionBrittney Olsen, 1923 Harley Davidson "J" Model Dirt Track Racer in Wet Plate CollodionBrittney Olsen, 1923 Harley Davidson "J" Model Dirt Track Racer in Wet Plate Collodion
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) 1923 Harley Davidson Brittney Olsen Harley Davidson Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/brittney-olsen-and-her-1923-harley-davidson-j-model-bike-in-wet-plate-may-6th-2015 Thu, 07 May 2015 17:34:11 GMT
Barkeep by the name of Blaze Montana, May 1st, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/barkeep-by-the-name-of-blaze-montana-may-1st-2015 Blaze Montana is a very skilled and seasoned bartender.  He fell in love instantly with the process.  He presently works at The Luft, in Bismarck, North Dakota. 
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Blaze Montana Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/barkeep-by-the-name-of-blaze-montana-may-1st-2015 Sat, 02 May 2015 01:47:21 GMT
Our Daughter Alyvia, Her First Wet Plate, May 1st, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/our-daughter-alyvia-her-first-wet-plate-may-1st-2015 Alyvia has been asking for months to have her wet plate portrait taken.  She just turned 4 years old, so she has been practicing holding still.  I gave us an advantage by taking her portrait in full daylight outdoors, shaving 8 seconds off the exposure time.  She did an amazing job and this has instantly become one of my favorite plates of all time. 
 

Her first wet plate.  Alyvia Balkowitsch in Wet Plate CollodionAlyvia Balkowitsch, 4 Years Old
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Alyvia Balkowitsch Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/our-daughter-alyvia-her-first-wet-plate-may-1st-2015 Sat, 02 May 2015 01:44:05 GMT
Karl Schroeder and his Wet Plate Collodion Session, April 24th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/karl-schroeder-and-his-wet-plate-collodion-session-april-24th-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 Supernatural Silver series. 
 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Karl Schroeder Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/karl-schroeder-and-his-wet-plate-collodion-session-april-24th-2015 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:20:18 GMT
Claus Lembke Inducted as North Dakota Hero, April 9th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/claus-lembke-inducted-as-north-dakota-hero-april-9th-2015 I had the pleasure of capturing Claus Lembke in the wet plate collodion process.  The below plate with him in the suit will be inducted into the permanent archive at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.  He is an immigrant that came to North Dakota over 50 years ago and has made a huge impact in this community.  I was honored to take his portrait on behalf of the residents of North Dakota. 
 

 
 

 
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Claus Lembke Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/claus-lembke-inducted-as-north-dakota-hero-april-9th-2015 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:23:26 GMT
Corey Loren Carson from Elevate Studios, April 3rd, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/corey-loren-carson-from-elevate-studios-april-3rd-2015 I had the distinct pleasure of having fellow photographer Corey Carson from Elevate Studio in my wet plate studios today.  His photography work is beautiful and unique.
 

http://www.imelevate.com/
 


 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Corey Carson Elevate Studios Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/corey-loren-carson-from-elevate-studios-april-3rd-2015 Sat, 04 Apr 2015 04:15:49 GMT
Rachel Marie Handeland, April 3rd, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/rachel-marie-handeland-april-3rd-2014 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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Rachel Handeland Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/rachel-marie-handeland-april-3rd-2014 Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:45:46 GMT
Sabrina Hornung in Wet Plate Collodion, March 20th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/sabrina-hornung-in-wet-plate-collodion-march-20th-2015 I had the pleasure of having Sabrina Horlung out to my studio.  She is a fellow alternate process artist that specializes with cyanotypes.  We had a wonderful afternoon collaborating and sharing.  Medusa even paid us a visit with her venomous tongued snakes.

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Medusa Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Sabrina Hornung Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/sabrina-hornung-in-wet-plate-collodion-march-20th-2015 Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:39 GMT
Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield, Captured for First time in Wet Plate, February 28th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/evander-the-real-deal-holyfield-captured-for-first-time-in-wet-plate-february-28th-2015 I had the honor of having 4-Time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and legend Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield in my wet plate studio today.  He has had millions and millions of images taken of him over his storied career but never a wet plate.  The five glass ambrotypes that I took of the Champ will last for a thousands years, something that cannot be said about any other image taken of him.  I only had him with me for an hour and I tried to make the best of it.  I was trying to capture the man, and only the man in an iconic way.  He talked intimately about his philosophy of fighting and about his legacy.  It was a true honor as a boxing fan to be given this opportunity. 
 

http://petapixel.com/2015/03/05/immortalizing-evander-the-real-deal-holyfield-with-a-wet-plate-portrait/

A man they call "The Real Deal". The 4-Time Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield was in my wet plate studio yesterday for a brief hour. What an experience it was getting the opportunity to capture him on glass and silver. Millions and millions of conventional and digital images have been captured of him over his storied career, but never a wet plate. He talked intimately about his philosophy of fighting and his legacy. It is absolutely amazing to me what wonderful people this process has brought into my life. I want to personally thank everyone that has supported me on my wet plate journey over these past two years, you know who you are. 

http://teamholyfield.com/
Evander Holyfield, "The Real Deal", Only Wet Plates on the Planet of the ManEvander Holyfield in the Wet Plate Collodion Process, Silver on Glass from the 1848 Process A man they call "The Real Deal". The 4-Time Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield was in my wet plate studio yesterday for a brief hour. What an experience it was getting the opportunity to capture him on glass and silver. Millions and millions of conventional and digital images have been captured of him over his storied career, but never a wet plate. He talked intimately about his philosophy of fighting and his legacy. It is absolutely amazing to me what wonderful people this process has brought into my life. I want to personally thank everyone that has supported me on my wet plate journey over these past two years, you know who you are. 

http://teamholyfield.com/
Evander Holyfield, "The Real Deal", Only Wet Plates on the Planet of the ManEvander Holyfield in the Wet Plate Collodion Process, Silver on Glass from the 1848 Process  
 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Boxing Evander Holyfield Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate World Champion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/evander-the-real-deal-holyfield-captured-for-first-time-in-wet-plate-february-28th-2015 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:10:27 GMT
Virgil Hill "Quicksilver" Wet Plate Series to Celebrate Final Fight and Career, February 20th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/virgil-hill-quicksilver-wet-plate-series-to-celebrate-final-fight-and-career Virgil Eugene Hill "Quicksilver" captured in silver on glass in the wet plate collodion process. A Silver medalist in the 1984 Olympics and five time World Champion. He has his final bout this coming Saturday and I am so proud to have captured these images to commemorate his historic career. The State Historical Society of North Dakota has requested a glass plate for their permanent archive as well. Virgil and I will hand deliver it to them this coming week before his final fight. This man is a champ and gentleman inside and outside of the ring and he said to me before he left "we are now family".
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil_Hill

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Quicksilver Shane Balkowitsch Virgil Hill Virgil Hill Olympics Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/virgil-hill-quicksilver-wet-plate-series-to-celebrate-final-fight-and-career Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:00:18 GMT
The Killing of the Seven Sons of Niobe, February 7th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-killing-of-the-seven-sons-of-niobe-february-7th-2015 "The Killing of the Seven Sons of Niobe" wet plate. This tale dates back to the Iliad over 3000 years ago. Niobe lost all 14 of her children to arrows sent by the deities Artemis and Apollo. 8x10 clear glass ambrotype. Backdrop handpainted by Paul Noot. Months of work and thought coming together in 10 seconds of exposure.

Mt. Sipylus (Niobe's rock) looks like a woman crying and is said to be Niobe crying over the loss of her 14 children. In Turkey, this rock continues to weep with the tears of Niobe. The story dates back to Homer and the Iliad, 760–710 BC.

The Killing of the Seven Sons of Niobe"The Killing of the Seven Sons of Niobe"

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Killing Niobe Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Seven Shane Balkowitsch Sons The Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion of the https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-killing-of-the-seven-sons-of-niobe-february-7th-2015 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:48:10 GMT
Complete Group of Strangers Visit my Studio, January 23rd, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/complete-group-of-strangers-visit-my-studio-january-23rd-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 met any of these sitters before and we had just a wonderful time together.  It was if we were old friends, we were able to make 10 plates over 3 hours which is very had to do.  We all collaborated and worked together to make the best images that we can.  A big thank you to Witty, Andy and Julia. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/complete-group-of-strangers-visit-my-studio-january-23rd-2015 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:16:38 GMT
My 1000th Wet Plate, Mike LaLonde, January 9th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/my-1000th-wet-plate-mike-lalonde-january-9th-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, a milestone in my mind. I knew that I wanted to try and do something special. It just turned out that my good friend and one of the largest supporters of my studio Mike LaLonde was on hand at BAGA during my demonstration. I knew immediately that his portrait would be perfect to commemorate the special occasion. Mike has done so many things for me on this journey, there are too plentiful to mention. He has been a photographer for decades and his Father was a photographer for decades before him. Wet plate has brought us together and his continued support is such a blessing. I adore this man and everything that he stands for not only in photography, but life. So this plate is for you Mike, with any luck there will be thousands more.

Mike Lalonde, My 1000th Wet Plate

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Mike LaLonde Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/my-1000th-wet-plate-mike-lalonde-january-9th-2015 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:03:07 GMT
Megan Keniston, January 9th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/megan-keniston-january-9th-2015 Had the pleasure of having a local college student into the studio for a wet plate shoot. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Megan Keniston Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/megan-keniston-january-9th-2015 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:40:09 GMT
North Dakota State Historical Society Indexes "Eternal Field", January 5th, 2015 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/north-dakota-state-historical-society-indexes-eternal-field-january-5th-2015 I have just been formally notified that my wet plate "Eternal Field" of Ernie LaPointe, Great Grandson of Chief Sitting Bull, is now archived on the North Dakota State Historical Societies website. They are in possession of the original 8x10" black glass ambrotype and it is part of their permanent collection. Now they have indexed it online for future generations. I cannot describe the joy that this brings me. Thank you each and every one of you who have supported my journey in collodion, you know who you are. To think that my great great grandchildren can go to Heritage Center many years from now and request to see my original work is beyond my wildest dreams.

http://digitalhorizonsonline.org/…/collec…/uw-ndshs/id/13249

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Ernie LaPointe Eternal Field Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/north-dakota-state-historical-society-indexes-eternal-field-january-5th-2015 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:27:19 GMT
Mike Seminary, Major of Bismarck in Studio, December 19th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/mike-seminary-major-of-bismarck-in-studio-december-19th-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 process and we spent 3 hours together.   I tried to capture a side of him that he was not accustomed to seeing. 

http://mikeseminary.com/

Mike Seminary, Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota Mike Seminary, Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota Mike Seminary, Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Mayor of Bismarck North Dakota Mike Seminary Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/mike-seminary-major-of-bismarck-in-studio-december-19th-2014 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:46:02 GMT
Samuel Hayes, the Musician, December 12th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/samuel-hayes-the-musician-december-12th-2014 Jack came to my studio on his daughter's request knowing nothing about the process.  He has a real appreciation for history and quickly realized what was needed from him to get the best plates possible.  One of the plates we made may even make it on the front cover of his next music album. 

Jack Hayes, Musician Jack Hayes, Musician

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Sam Hayes Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/samuel-hayes-the-musician-december-12th-2014 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:28:53 GMT
Stranger Asking for Directions, Impromptu Wet Plate Session, December 12th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/stranger-asking-for-directions-impromptu-wet-plate-session-december-12th-2014 Jeff happened to walk into my office asking directions.  Within 5 minutes he was in a head brace having his plate taken in my makeshift studio.  He was so appreciative of the experience and vows to come back for a more formal session. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/stranger-asking-for-directions-impromptu-wet-plate-session-december-12th-2014 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:25:18 GMT
Jack Glasser from Glasser Images in Studio, Decemeber 5th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/jack-glasser-from-glasser-images-in-studio-decemeber-5th-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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Glasser Images Jack Glasser Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/jack-glasser-from-glasser-images-in-studio-decemeber-5th-2014 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:34:23 GMT
Mark Halvorson from State Historical Society of North Dakota, November 28th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/mark-halvorson-from-state-historical-society-of-north-dakota-november-28th-2014 Mark is one of the lead archivists for the State Historical Society of North Dakota.  He is very familiar with the wet plate collodion process but had never seen one created in person.  We rectified that today. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Dakota Halvorson Historical Mark North Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Society State Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/mark-halvorson-from-state-historical-society-of-north-dakota-november-28th-2014 Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:31:16 GMT
Kevin Tengesdal "The Wolfman", November 28th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/kevin-tengesdal-the-wolfman-november-28th-2014 I had the pleasure of once again shooting my friend Kevin on Friday.  He is the perfect subject and has the mechanics and patience of being a professional wet plate sitter down perfectly. 

   

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Kevin Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Tengesdal Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/kevin-tengesdal-the-wolfman-november-28th-2014 Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:21:41 GMT
Frank Berdini, the 2014 Bismarck's Best Beard Champion, November 21st, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/frank-berdini-the-2014-bismarcks-best-beard-champion-november-21st-2014 Frank Berdini is the reigning champion of the Bismarck's Best Beard Contest held by the Luft. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Berdini Frank Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/frank-berdini-the-2014-bismarcks-best-beard-champion-november-21st-2014 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:21:14 GMT
Bismarck State College Art Students Visit, November 6th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/bismarck-state-college-art-students-visit-november-6th-2014 I had the great pleasure of having David Lewellyn's art class from Bismarck State College out to my wet plate studio.  We collaborated on 10 plates together and they assisted me with composition, lighting, backdrops and wardrobe.  We had a great afternoon together. 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Bismarck State College David Lewellyn Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/bismarck-state-college-art-students-visit-november-6th-2014 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:42:52 GMT
Sally Stitches in Studio for Halloween, October 31st, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/sally-stitches-in-studio-for-halloween-october-31st-2014 I had the pleasure of having the very talented Sally Stitches in studio for Halloween. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Collodion Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Sally Stitches Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/sally-stitches-in-studio-for-halloween-october-31st-2014 Sun, 02 Nov 2014 00:44:32 GMT
"From The Shards", Accident turns to Inspiration, October 24, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-from-the-shards

The first time in over 900 wet plates, I accidently dropped two of my 8x10 glass ambrotypes to the floor.  The wood plate holder they were resting in fell apart in my hands within minutes of the plates drying.  They fell from three feet and shattered into a million pieces, except for this very fortunate shard, somehow amongst the rubble, this piece of glass endured, as if it was meant to be. 

I took this as a sign of fate and the plate will be finished and framed in its imperfect and broken state.  I call the plate "From the Shards" and I have to admit that there is an intrinsic value to this piece of glass and silver that could never be obtained from the intact whole plate.  It is beyond belief how this piece survived when none of the other pieces are so small and unrecognizable.  I am so happy for this most unfortunate accident. 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) From the Shards Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-from-the-shards Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:54:55 GMT
Bismarck State College Art Class in Studio Visit, October 22nd, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/bismarck-state-college-art-class-visit-to-studio-october-22nd-2014 I had the sincere pleasure of sharing the wet plate process with a group of art students from Bismarck State College, the class of Barb Thorsen.  We had a great time sharing and collaborating together.  They were so excited for the process, some of the students stayed an hour after class time so that more plates could be made. 

Karly Goldade

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) BSC Bismarck State College Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/bismarck-state-college-art-class-visit-to-studio-october-22nd-2014 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:43:48 GMT
Wet Plating a Family Affair, Abby and Greyson in Studio, October 17th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/wet-plating-a-family-affair-abby-and-greyson-in-studio-october-17th-2014 Very happy to have our two eldest children in studio today.  Abby is 11 and Greyson is 9.  They both have been around the wet plate process since I started and they both assisted me with the stopwatch, lighting and composition.  Here are some of the plates we made together.  We even had time to make a Halloween inspired plate of Abby.  How I adore them. 

 

Greyson Balkowitsch, 10-17-2014   Greyson Balkowitsch, 10-17-2014

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Abby Balkowitsch Greyson Balkowitsch Shane Balkowitsch https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/wet-plating-a-family-affair-abby-and-greyson-in-studio-october-17th-2014 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:46:18 GMT
NDSU Campus News Video of Wet Plate Collodion Demonstration, Sept. 11th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/ndsu-campus-news-video-of-wet-plate-collodion-demonstration-sept-11th-2014 Campus News at NDSU did a short little story about my visit to the college. I had such a wonderful afternoon sharing with the faculty and students the wet plate process.  I want to personally thank Rick Abbott and Jerrod Schumacher for shooting and putting this video together. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfChlBCf7Jw

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/ndsu-campus-news-video-of-wet-plate-collodion-demonstration-sept-11th-2014 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:26:44 GMT
"Head in the Clouds", a Simple Handmade Prop, Oct. 7th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/the-clouds-brought-into-studio-a-simple-handmade-prop-oct-7th-2014 I have had the idea for some time to bring a cloud into Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio.  I created this storm cloud with a Japanese lantern, wool and an internal light fixture.  We were so excited to see it take life in studio, we had to do a quick wet plate test shot of my brother Chad. 

Cloud Prop Used in Studio

Wet Plate Collodion, 5x7, "Head in the Clouds", Chad Balkowitsch by Shane Balkowitsch"Head in the Clouds"

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Head in the Clouds Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/the-clouds-brought-into-studio-a-simple-handmade-prop-oct-7th-2014 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:02:03 GMT
Celebrating 2 Years of Wet Plating, Oct. 4th, 2012 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/celebrating-2-years-of-wet-plating-oct-4th-2012 Two years ago today, Oct. 4th, 2012, I took my very first wet plate image, a portrait of my brother. We have made a commitment to take a portrait on every anniversary of that date.  It is rewarding to see the progression of my work and to also document my brother each year as he ages in silver on glass.  A big thank you to everyone who has supported me on this creative journey. 

2012

The first wet plate ever take at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Oct. 4th, 2012. Chad Balkowitsch, 10-4-12

2013

Chad Balkowitsch, 10-4-2013

2014 Chad Balkowitsch, 10-4-2014

 

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/celebrating-2-years-of-wet-plating-oct-4th-2012 Sat, 04 Oct 2014 19:35:34 GMT
"Eternal Field" Admitted to Permanent Archives at State Historical Society, October 2nd, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-eternal-field-permanent-archives-at-state-historical-society-october-2nd-2014 I am so honored to have my wet plate of Ernie LaPointe  called "Eternal Field" accepted into the permanent archives of the North Dakota State Historical Society at the Heritage Center here in Bismarck.  The plate will be taken care of for many generations to come.  As a wet plate collodion artist, there is no greater validation. 

The plate of Ernie is 8x10" in size and on black glass.  Ernie heard about the induction and made a special trip up to Bismarck to be on hand to give the plate to the curators. 

http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/lapointe.htm

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Ernie LaPointe North Dakota State Historical Society Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Sitting Bull Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-eternal-field-permanent-archives-at-state-historical-society-october-2nd-2014 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:47:00 GMT
Living Masterpieces 2014, Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, September 27th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/living-masterpieces-2014-captured-in-wet-plate-collodion-september-27th-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 18 scenes in wet plate collodion.  We had a great time demonstrating and all 9 plates are going to be a gift to the person or persons in the scenes.  To see the complete work and compare with the original work of art, click below:

http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/livingmasterpieces.htm

"Two Satyrs" by Peter Paul Rubens
"The Lady with Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci
"Compartment C, Car 293" by Edward Hopper
"Nefertiti" by Thutmose

"A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" by Edouard Manet
"Li II" by Hans Rudolf Giger
"The Lovers II" by Rene Magrite
"Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear" by Van Gogh
"Dance at Bougival" by Pierre-Augusta Renoir

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Living Masterpieces Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/living-masterpieces-2014-captured-in-wet-plate-collodion-september-27th-2014 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:39:00 GMT
Ernie LaPointe Great Grandson of Chief Sitting Bull Wet Plate, September 6th, 2014 https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/ernie-lapointe-great-grandson-of-chief-sitting-bull-wet-plate-september-6th-2014 In 1881, Orlando Goff took the very first wet plate of Chief Sitting Bull here in Bismarck, North Dakota.  133 years later, I had to pleasure to take a wet plate image of his Great Grandson Ernie LaPointe.  My 8x10 black glass wet plate of Ernie entitled "Eternal Field" has been accepted into the North Dakota Historical Society Archives indefinitely and will be protected and shared for generations to come. 

Sitting Bull, 1881, First Ever Photograph of him taken, by Orlando Scott Goff in Bismarck, North Dakota.Chief Sitting Bull shortly after his surrender.

Ernie LaPointe, Great Grandson of Chief Sitting Bull, September 6th, 2014 by Shane Balkowitsch

Ernie LaPointe, Great Grandson of Chief Sitting Bull, September 6th, 2014"Eternal Field", now part of the North Dakota State Historical Society Archives at the Heritage Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.

http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/lapointe.htm

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) Ernie LaPointe Shane Balkowitsch Sitting Bull Wet Plate https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/ernie-lapointe-great-grandson-of-chief-sitting-bull-wet-plate-september-6th-2014 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:47:00 GMT