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