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