Liberty Trudges Through Injustice
A Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration in Bismarck, North Dakota
July 21st, 2018
"Liberty Trudges Through Injustice", a Tableaux Vivant, a wet plate collaboration, July 21st, 2018. This collaboration was inspired by the painting at the Louvre "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugène Delacroix. This wet plate shoot could not have come at a more poignant time in this nation's history.
Fifty-three collaborators came together for no other reason than to create this image together. This wet plate could not come at a more poignant time in our nation's history. Lady Liberty and all that she stands for and represents is in peril. We must come together and overcome all challenges to our freedom and the principles that this country was founded on. I want to thank each and every person that contributed to this fabulous adventure. I am so blessed to be on this creative path with all of you.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson
Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, Alessandro Gibellini studio camera, f11, 2 seconds of exposure, 8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate process of pure silver on glass.
Just as our Lady Liberty left the dressing room, on her walk to the set. Sabrina Hornung has always supported my work and has been my muse many times over the years. This felt different, this felt important and it certainly felt symbolic. No role is more important that the role of liberty, justice, kindess and tolerance. I was giving her a hug before she went to war against the evils of the world.
Shane Balkowitsch, Resident Ambrotypist
PS: I also want to thank Doug Hanson and James Kyle for traveling hundreds of miles from out of state to be a part of this collaboration. Having Doug by wet plate brother and fellow large format photographer James Kyle by my side was very rewarding.
Synopsis from Wikipedia:
Liberty Leading the People (French: La Liberté guidant le peuple [la libɛʁte ɡidɑ̃ lə pœpl]) is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. A woman personifying the concept and the Goddess of Liberty leads the people forward over a barricade and the bodies of the fallen, holding the flag of the French Revolution – the tricolour flag, which remains France's national flag – in one hand and brandishing a bayonetted musket with the other. The figure of Liberty is also viewed as a symbol of France and the French Republic known as Marianne.
By the time Delacroix painted Liberty Leading the People, he was already the acknowledged leader of the Romantic school in French painting. Delacroix, who was born as the Age of Enlightenment was giving way to the ideas and style of romanticism, rejected the emphasis on precise drawing that characterised the academic art of his time, and instead gave a new prominence to freely brushed colour.
Delacroix painted his work in the autumn of 1830. In a letter to his brother dated 21 October, he wrote: "My bad mood is vanishing thanks to hard work. I’ve embarked on a modern subject—a barricade. And if I haven’t fought for my country at least I’ll paint for her." The painting was first exhibited at the official Salon of 1831.
ND Artist Creates Lourve-Inspired Piece, KFYR, July 21st, 2018
The Unveiling of Liberty Trudges Through Injustice, Large Art Installation, KXNET, May 3rd, 2019
Liberty Leads the Way Recreation in Bismarck, KFYR, May 5th, 2019
Colorized Scan from Original Wet Plate Scan of "Liberty Trudges Through Injustice" by ColouriseSG
BELOW COLOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS by Chad Nodland (SnapChad)
Liberty Trudges Through Injustice via the digital lens of Chad Nodland
Liberty Trudges Through Injustice Installation at Night - The Capital Gallery, Bismarck
BELOW BLACK AND WHITE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS by Tom Wirtz
BELOW COLOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS by Louis Zurn
BELOW DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS by Marcus Johnson
BELOW DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS by Mitchell Cottew
BELOW DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS by Jenna Botner of Glasser Images
Other Wet Plates from our time Together with Lady Liberty
"The Guardians of Lady Liberty"
"Call to Arms"
"The Divided Nation"
LIBERTY TRUDGES THROUGH INJUSTICE
A Wet Plate Collaboration
July 21st, 2018
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio
Bismarck, North Dakota
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist
LIST OF COLLABORATORS
Cast: Support Staff:
Sabrina Hornung (Liberty) Marek Dojs, Director
Easton Freidt (Patriotic Boy) Michele Oster Renner, Wardrobe
Greyson Balkowitsch (Body) Tom Wirtz, Assistant w/ Camera
Rachel Praus (Woman Bowing) Moira McNichols, Liberty Styling
Andrea Andie Haman Doug Hanson, Ambrotype Consultant
Rissa Williams Jason Lueder, Master Carpenter
Richard Loewen (Man w/ Sword) Nolan Johnson, Videographer
Lance Loken Andrea Heidrich, Hair
Eden Jackson (Soldier) Jenna Botner, Set Assistant
Kevin Tengesdal (Face Down) Chad Nodland, Photography
John LaLonde Paul Noot, Backdrop Artist
Derek Harper (Downed Officer) Marcus Johnson, Photography
Josh Knudsen Aleson Louis Ronald Zurn, Photography
Rob Sandness Pat Toepke, Prop Master
Adam Steen Dustin White, Writer & Poet
Laura Barker Melanie Kuntz Malsam, Make-up
Jessica Gustafson Nika Ostby, Wet Plate Apprentice
Steve Schirber (Blunderbuss) Kyla Meadows, Make-up
James Kyle (Weapons Master) Emily Brandt, Backdrop Manager
Abby Balkowitsch Angie Pember Brockey, Flag Design
Mitchell Cottew Joe Gartner, Smoke Special Effects
Lacy Perkins Kevin Kirkey, Historic Props
Kithe Malsam Ivy Brown Jacobson, Hair
Tony Fladeland (Flute Player)
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Props, Kevin Kirkey
Bismarck Historical Society, Mike LaLonde
State Historical Society of ND, Emily Ergen & Lindsay SchottBismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative (BDAC), Paul Noot
"Liberty Trudges Through Injustice"
BY DUSTIN WHITE
June 11th, 2018
A beacon enlightening the world,
A torch revealing injustice,
A word oft upon our lips,
Yet ignored for those most in need.
The concept of liberty,
In which we hold so dear,
An inalienable right,
For those born just precise.
We strive to be kind,
We strive for peace,
But our times are trying,
As the hate continues to rise.
Thus we make an attempt,
Coming together as one,
To be the change we need,
Defining our own generation.
So crafting a statement,
For the world to see,
A hope begins to build,
That a difference is made.
With silver upon glass,
An image comes to life,
Inspired by masters,
Whom it will someday join.
And so the torch will burn,
Passed down through time,
Spreading the love,
Keeping it alive.
Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio
2703 Big Sky Circle
Bismarck, ND 58503
Copyright Note: All referenced photographs, images and logos provided above are for informational purposes only and they are the property of their respective owners. Chad Nodland, Tom Wirtz, Jenna Botner, Mitchell Cottew, Marcus Johnson and Louis Zurn were photographers kind enough to bring their cameras to Liberty Trudges Through Injustice and provide images as part of the collaboration.