"Standing For Us All" with Greta Thunberg in Wet Plate Collodion at Standing Rock

October 09, 2019  •  3 Comments

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.

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

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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


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Comments

Dwight Friesen(non-registered)
Congratulations on an unforgettable image.
Carol F Toews(non-registered)
These are just stunning and beautiful. Thankful you are practicing your skills/art on such historical figures and moments.
claudia pinheiro(non-registered)
shane thank you so very much for registering forever this beautiful moment with gretta
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Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch. 

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