The Persecution of Complete Strangers
A Wet Plate Collodion Collaboration in Bismarck, North Dakota
August 27th, 2016
I have always been a fan of William Mortensen, the man Ansel Adams called "The Anti-Christ". I came up with the idea for "The Persecution of Complete Strangers". The thought was that we all too often judge each other, many times without taking the time to know the person being judged. The week of the shoot a transgendered activist was murdered, raped and her body burnt in Turkey, so I have dedicated this wet plate to the life of Hande Kader.
“Judge me if you want, but at the end of my life I choose to have memories not regrets.” – Steve Maraboli
Carl Zeiss Tessar 360mm lens, 2 seconds of exposure, f11, plates 8x10".
Thank you to the beautiful and talented group of people who believed in my vision and for doing what was necessary to make it a reality. I am forever indebted to you all. I also want to mention the undying support and creative spirit that is Linae Bieber, without her vision and talent, this wet plate collaboration could not have been possible. I also need to thank Richard Loewen for his commitment and dedication to allowing us to persecute him on the pole, there is nothing he would not do or give to this great group of artists.
Untitled (1927) by William Mortensen
BELOW COLOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS by Chad Nodland (SnapChad)
Other Wet Plates from our time Together
THE PERSECUTION OF COMPLETE STRANGERS -COLLABORATORS, STAFF & SUPPORT
Event: August 27th, 2016
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio, Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist
Cast: Support Staff:
Richard Loewen (The Persecuted)
Persecutors –Jason Lueder, Carpentry
Linae BieberMike LaLonde, Photography
Jessie LebenChad Balkowitsch, Set Design
Garver MalsamDustin White, Writer
Abby Balkowitsch Chad Nodland, Photography
John LaLonde, Photography
Linae Bieber, Wardrobe, Hair and Make-up
and Lead Collaborator and Composition
Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist
4419 Centurion Dr.
Bismarck, ND 58504
Copyright Note: All referenced photographs, images and logos provided above are for informational purposes only and they are the property of their respective owners. Mike LaLonde, Chad Nodland, John LaLonde and White, were photographers kind enough to bring their cameras to the Persecution and provide images as part of the collaboration.