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