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, 25 Jun 2018 18:44:00 GMT Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:44:00 GMT https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u138495834-o103366542-50.jpg Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio: Blog https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog 82 120 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 Hors, "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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) haokah heyoka Hunkpapa native american Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio Reuben Fast Horse Shane Balkowitsch Wet Plate Wet Plate Collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/the-legend-of-heyokha Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:48:03 GMT
"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

with Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistFloris White Bull - NO DAPL!Floris White Bull, Standing Rock Hunkpapa at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio with Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistFloris White Bull - NO DAPL!Floris White Bull, Standing Rock Hunkpapa at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio with Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistFloris White Bull - NO DAPL!Floris White Bull, Standing Rock Hunkpapa at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio with Shane Balkowitsch, AmbrotypistFloris White Bull - NO DAPL!Floris White Bull, Standing Rock Hunkpapa at Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio

"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. 

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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. 

Ernie LaPointe and Shane BalkowitschErnie LaPointe and Shane BalkowitschErnie LaPointe and Shane Balkowitsch Ernie LaPointe and Shane BalkowitschErnie LaPointe and Shane BalkowitschErnie LaPointe and Shane Balkowitsch Ernie LaPointe and Shane BalkowitschErnie LaPointe and Shane BalkowitschErnie LaPointe and Shane Balkowitsch

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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/2017/11/ernie-lapointe Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:06:06 GMT
"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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) dakota access pipeline keystone pipeline michael turner nostalgic glass wet plate studio shane balkowitsch valve turner wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/-who-will-stop-us Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:49:12 GMT
"Study of a Blacksmith's Dowward 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.

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

 

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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/2017/9/-study-of-a-blacksmiths Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:42:49 GMT
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

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

 

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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) charles rencountre native american nostalgic glass wet plate studio not afraid to look shane balkowitsch standing rock sioux wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/charles-recountre Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:46:55 GMT
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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) nostalgic glass wet plate studio shane balkowitsch solar eclipse solar eclipse wet plate wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/solar-eclipse Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:34:16 GMT
"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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) honoring sky woman native american nostalgic glass wet plate studio shane balkowitsch wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/-honoring-skywoman Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:51:03 GMT
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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) bismarck art and galleries association native american nostalgic glass wet plate studio shane balkowitsch standing rock sioux wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/northern-plains-native-americans Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:26:24 GMT
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.

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. 

Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses Nokota Wild Horses Linton North DakotaNokota Wild Horses Captured in Wet Plate Collodion, Linton, North DakotaFrank and Leo Kuntz Nokota Wild Horses

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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(Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio) frank kuntz nokota nokota horses nostalgic glass wet plate studio shane balkowitsch the nokota horse conservancy wet plate wet plate collodion https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/nokota-wild-horses Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:08:09 GMT