Wet Plate Collodion International Collaborative Collection

"The Mask Series"

Images Captured from International Artists with a Common Prop Theme

  

 

The Goal:

The goal for this series is to raise awareness of the historic wet plate technique as an art form.  This will allow artists that normally do not have a chance to share their work to participate in a collaborated effort with other artists from around the world.  The ultimate goal is to have the collection shown in a gallery as a complete body of work or have it published in a book.  This is the largest wet plate collaboration in the history of mankind. 

The Prop:

The prop that must be used in each image is a vintage Czech M10 gas mask.  This ambiguous prop from decades ago is perfect for this series.  It levels the playing field for each artist.  It also highlights and allows the perspective, composition and personal taste of the artist to be the focus.  Some artists may find it an inspiration, while others may view it to be a crutch or hindrance.  The end result will be the unique vision of each individual artist.  Gas masks have historically been used to protect people and citizens usually in times of war.  In other situations a mask can be used to hide the identity of its wearer.  The gas mask is also very symbolic to the wet plate process since many hazardous and caustic chemicals are used during the development of the images and most wet plate studios use gas masks on a daily basis.  This type of vintage gas mask also has a presence and cannot be easily ignored.  If the prop used for this process was a shirt or hat for instance, someone may not draw a line from one artist image to another's.  With the gas mask, the viewer will quickly realize the common thread amongst the pieces of work, and can then identify and understand the purpose of the collection. 

The Project and Process:

Once an artist decides to participate and take up the challenge,  a gas mask will be sent to them.  The artist then produces a wet plate collodion image of any size or type that works best for them.  Traditionally, images are captured on glass (ambrotype) or metal (tin type).  The only restrictions put upon the artist is that the image must be a true wet plate collodion image and that the mask appears somewhere in the image.  The image and the mask is then returned so it can be sent to the next artist in line.  The positive response to this series has been so great that a group of gas masks will be used so that more than one artist can be working on the project at a time.  These same "traveling" masks will be used by everyone and can eventually be displayed with the collection.  Once the artist returns the image that he or she has produced, it will be scanned and shared on this website.  The original piece of work will be safely archived for later use for displaying a complete collection with the original masks. 

The Promise:

It is the promise of this collaboration that everyone who wants to be involved will be involved.  There is no selection process.  If someone wants to participate, they will be given the opportunity and their work will be given the same relevance and importance as anyone else in the group.  Each artist will have as much time and they deem necessary with the mask to capture their image.  There is no cost to be involved, the only out of pocket expense an artist has it to pay postage for the mask and the image back to the below address.  All other costs and expenses for the project will be covered by myself. 

CLICK HERE to learn about the Wet Plate Technique

If you have any questions, comments or want to participate as an artist, please contact:
Shane Balkowitsch
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio
4419 Centurion Dr.
Bismarck, ND 58504 USA
shane@balkowitsch.com
(701)223-9936 Phone

CLICK HERE to see the Mask Series Official Blog Site

CLICK HERE to see video of Dan Kennedy shooting his Mask Plate "Hannya"

CLICK HERE to see video of Gerald Figal shooting his Mask Plate "Lungs"

CLICK HERE to see video of Marcos Nez Cid shooting his Mask Plate "Aladin 2050"

CLICK HERE to see video of Misa Keskenovic shooting his Mask Plate "American Concept"

CLICK HERE to see video of Borut Peterlin shooting his Mask Plate in Slovenia "What Else is There?"

CLICK HERE to see video of Alex Timmermans shooting his Mask Plate "Too Long Exposure"

CLICK HERE to see Gerald Figal's "Lungs" Plate Featured at Mysterious Visions Exhibition

CLICK HERE to see The Mask Series featured in an Article by PetaPixel, April 5th 2013

CLICK HERE to see The Mask Series featured in an Article by Mode Bulb from France, May 13th 2013

CLICK HERE to see Fiszo Fil's Time Elapse Video of making his Mask Series Wet Plate in Poland, July 2014

CLICK HERE to see The Mask Series featured in an Article by The Hand Magazine, October 2013

CLICK HERE to see Tony Richards The Mask Series Plate featured on the BBC News Website, November 21st 2013

CLICK HERE to see The Mask Series featured on the Alternative Photography Website, December 4th 2013

  CLICK HERE to see World Google Map of Location of Artists Participating

The Mask Series

   

By: Shane Balkowitsch

Title: "The Last Flower"

5" x 7" Ambrotype on Clear Glass

Country: United States

Date: 12/7/2012

   

By: Clement Jamet

Title: Untitled

5" x 7" Ambrotype on Clear Glass

Country: France

Date: 12/13/2012

      

 

By: Justin Brockey

Title: "Immerse"

4" x 6" Ambrotype on Clear Glass

Country: United States

Date: 1/7/2013

   

 

By: Gerald Figal

Title: "Lungs"

8" x 10" Tintype (Aluminum)

Country: United States

Date: 1/8/2013

 

   

 

By: Heather Oelklaus

Title: "Mail Fail / Male Fell"

3.5" x 4.5" Tintype (Aluminum)

Country: United States

Date: 1/10/2013 

By: Andreas Reh

Title: "Breathless"

7.25" x 9.25" Ambrotype on Clear Glass

Country: Germany

Date: 1/13/2013  

By: Julia Bailey

Title: "Free At Last"

5" x 7" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 1/20/13 

By: Bill Vaughn

Title: "Life After The Bomb"

5" x 7" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 2/2/13  

By: Daniel Kennedy

Title: "Hannya"

2.5" x 2.5" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 2/4/13   

By: Alexey Savchenco

Title: "Foreign"

24cm x 30cm Ambrotype

Country: Russia

Date: 2/10/13    

By: Sergey Potapov

Title: "Yes-Yes"

8" x 10" Ambrotype

Country: Russia

Date: 2/10/13    

By: Brian Cuyler

Title: "Altered Childhood"

5" x 7" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 2/15/13     

By: Franklin Annink

Title: "Respiratio"

5" x 7" Ambrotype

Country: The Netherlands

Date: 2/17/13      

By: Clarke Galusha

Title: "Growth"

3.5" x 4.5" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 3/25/13       

By: Ted Mishima

Title: "Bound by Circumstance, Bound by Choice"

4" x 5" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 3/28/13        

By: Indra Moonen

Title: "Le Reve Noir"

8" x 10" Ambrotype

Country: The Netherlands

Date: 4/1/13 

By: Trevor Foon

Title: "The Last Post"

4" x 5" Tintype

Country: Australia

Date: 4/16/13  

By: Robert Go

Title: "The Assimilation of Mr. Thomas Parsons"

4" x 5" Tintypes (Series of 4)

Country: Australia

Date: 4/16/13  

By: Arold va der Aa

Title: "Black Swan"

8" x 10" Black Ambrotype

Country: The Netherlands

Date: 4/19/13   

By: Raewyn Dunn

Title: "What Lies Beyond"

5" x 17" Black Plexi Glass (Acrylic)

Country: New Zealand

Date: 4/23/13    

By: Brett Jurgens

Title: "Siobhan at Quinn's"

16" x 20" Ambrotype

Country: United States

Date: 4/30/13     

By: Peter van Hal

Title: "Metamorphosis"

10" x 8" Grey Ambrotype

Country: Holland

Date: 5/15/13      

By: Kelly-Shane Fuller

Title: "Obraz M10 - Desiva Kraska"

4" x 5" Black Plexi Glass (Acrylic)

Country: United States 

By: Sam Reed

Title: "Party is Over"

4.25" x 5.25" Ambrotype

Country: United States

Date: 6/2/13       

By: Betsy Reed

Title: "Symbiosis"

4.25" x 5.25" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 6/2/13        

By: Mary Lou (Maire) Reed

Title: "Lost World"

4.25" x 3.25" Black Ambrotype

Country: United States

Date: 6/2/13      

By: Gordon Fraser

Title: "The Scream"

8.5" x 6.5" Ambrotype

Country: United Kingdom

Date: 6/10/13       

By: John Coffer

Title: "Dangerous Digital" - Self Portrait

4.25" x 5.5" Ferrotype

Country: United States

Date: 6/18/13        

By: Isabel Leeson

Title: "Nowhere to Hide"

10" x 12" Ambrotype

Country: Belgium

Date: 7/26/13       

By: Ines Opifanti

Title: "Disappearance"

16cm x 16cm Tintypes (Series of 4)

Country: Germany

Date: 7/28/13        

By: Alex Timmermans

Title: "Too Long Exposure"

26cm x 26cm Tintype on Dibond Aluminum

Country: Holland

Date: 7/29/13         

By: Alastair Cook

Title: "Held"

5" x 4" Tintype

Country: United Kingdom

Date: 8/28/13       

By: Tim Ingmire

Title: "Witness to a Death" a triptych

4" x 5" Aluminotype

Country: United Kingdom

Date: 8/29/13       

 

By: Cliff Barnes (Bernhard Runde)

Title: "The Making Of"

13cm x 18 cm Ambrotype

Country: Germany

Date: 10/28/13   

By: Tony Richards

Title: "If Your Face Fits!"

8.5" x 6.5" Tintype

Country: United Kingdom

Date: 11/5/13    

By: Kate Horsley

Title: "The Cry"

5" x 7" Ambrotype

Country: United Kingdom

Date: 11/6/13     

By: John Brewer

Title: "Molten Mask"

5" x 7" Tintype

Country: United Kingdom

Date: 11/7/13     

 

By: Frank Adami

Title: "Below the Mask"

18cm x 24cm Tintype

Country: Germany

Date: 11/9/13      

By: Jonathan Keys

Title: "Quick"

8" x 10" Ambrotype

Country: United Kingdom

Date: 11/17/13       

By: Tim Scott

Title: "GAss Mask"

5" x 7" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 11/18/13 

By: Flora Meszaros

Title: "Uncensored"

4" x 5" Ambrotype

Country: Spain

Date: 11/24/13 

 

By: Amber Maitland Hamilton

Title: "The Fishing Trip"

5" x 7" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 1/10/14 

By: Luke Olsen

Title: "Hailey with Gas Mask"

4" x 5" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 1/13/14  

By: Jan Kratochvil

Title: "I Cannot Escape and I Cannot Forget"

8" x 10" Ambrotype

Country: Czech Republic

Date: 1/15/14   

By: Maciek Lesniak

Title: "Post Nuclear Breakfast"

13 x 18 cm Tintype

Country: Poland

Date: 3/28/14   

 

By: Marcos Nez Cid

Title: "Aladin 2050"

5" x 7" Ambrotype

Country: Spain

Date: 4/16/14  

By: Misa Keskenovic

Title: "American Concept"

18 x 24cm Ambrotype

Country: Serbia

Date: 4/28/14   

By: John Milleker, Jr.

Title: "Industry"

4.5" x 5.5"  Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 5/9/14   

By: Daniel Afzal

Title: Untitled

11" x 11"  Ambrotype

Country: United States

Date: 5/12/14   

 

By: Borut Peterlin

Title: "What Else is There?"

5" x 7"  Ambrotype

Country: Slovenia

Date: 5/18/14    

By: David Weaver

Title: "Gassed Mask"

4" x 5"  Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 6/25/14     

By: Allan Barnes

Title: Untitled

4.25" x 5.5"  Tintype (half plate)

Country: United States

Date: 7/10/14      

By: Jeff Howlett

Title: Hail the Apocalypse

9cm x 12cm  Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 8/12/14   

 

By: John Fink Jr.

Title: Sister's A Gas

5" x 7"  Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 8/27/14    

By: Lola Montserrat

Title: Untitled

28.5cm x 12cm Aluminotype

Country: United States

Date: 8/27/14     

By: James Weber

Title: Road Trippin'

4" x 5" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 10/19/14     

By: Fausti Llucia

Title: Waiting for Nesting Birds

119mm x 170mm Tintype

Country: Spain

Date: 10/20/14     

 

By: Fernanda Larrain

Title: Freedom and Gremlins

8" x 10" Ambrotype

Country: Chile

Date: 10/20/14      

By: Vernon Trent

Title: Paganina

8cm x 10cm Black Glass Ambrotype

Country: Germany

Date: 10/21/14       

By: Jamie Johnson

Title: Trick or Treat

4" x 5" Tintype

Country: United States

Date: 10/25/14      

By: Sebastien Kohler

Title: The Tribe

8" x 10" Glass Ambrotype

Country: Switzerland

Date: 10/26/14     

 

     

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