Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Ghosts on Glass: Daniel Carrillo
I met Daniel Carrillo through Facebook. I started seeing these AMAZING photos pop up on my friends pages and later on found out that Daniel did the work. A few emails later we arranged a studio visit. His photographs are taken using a collodion process, it's like watching magic! He gave me a quick tutorial on how it's done and I got to see him prepare a few plates. It involves coating a piece of glass with collodion emulsion, the act of doing so reminds me of coating a pan with butter.
Daniel standing in front of his camera. All of his equipment is vintage from around the 1900's-1920's... with ad hoc parts that he makes himself. I was very impressed with his guerilla carpentry skills and resourcefulness. It's truly inspiring! His future plan is to outfit a van with this camera and a portable darkroom. He really wants to mobilize his operation and shoot outdoor/public spaces. I can see those amazing images already!
Here are a few more Carrillo portraits:
Guy in Dan's studio.
We had a great visit. Daniel was kind enough to squeeze in a family portrait for me. He does take commissions on photo sessions. I highly recommend it!