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A presentation of an ambrotype for an art fair

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An ambrotype packed in a box for Art Photo Budapest. The plates is from my project The Great Depression. The plates will be represented by Photon Gallery. Hopefully they will be sold.

An ambrotype packed in a box for Art Photo Budapest. The plates is from my project The Great Depression. The plates will be represented by Photon Gallery. Hopefully they will be sold.

Next week there will be an art fair in Budapest and my work will be presented by Gallery Photon. I was thinking how should I present my ambrotypes in a way that could be purchased. So here it is. The box is from Hahnemuhle acid free material. On 11th of October 2014 I will be a guest of a discussion panel how to survive as an artist. Guess what will I talk about? YOU! My topshit followers that is bidding on my ebay auctions. See you in Budapest on Saturday at 3pm!

New plates from The Great Depression series

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Last week I was again working on my project The Great Depression. This time was a bit different motivation. I wasn’t looking for new motives, but I was repeating shots I’ve done before. At the moment all my plates are exhibited in Lithuania at Kaunas Photo Festival, but two galleries asked me if I can exhibit The Great Depression plates, The Gallery of Contemporary Art in Celje and almost at the same time, Photon Gallery wants to exhibit my plates at ArtMarket Budapest.

What to do, what to do… No problem, I went again to Novoles company where I started my project almost three years ago and repeat few frames that I took in the past. Surprise, surprise my wet plate knowledge advanced and I’ve made such a beautiful plates, I can not believe it! Well, here they are, you be the judge of them.

Today when I was varnishing them, I’ve received an email from a very important museum, that I can not name just yet, that they want to buy few plates from the project for their permanent collection. YES! After all the hard work and I’m finally beyond the tipping point! Mom, I’ve made it!!!

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I’m listing new prints on Ebay

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Ciao ragazzi,
it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog. I had wet plate friends visiting and of course we had family holiday times and I’m reluctant to publish when we are gone from our house. Anyhow expect more content in the following days.

I’m having two solo exhibition openings in next weeks. On 4th of September I’m exhibiting The Great Depression project at Kaunas Photo festival in Lithuania and on 10th of September I’m opening an exhibition of my landscapes in Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

I’m printing whole week for the exhibition in Ljubljana. I will present photographs printed in different techniques, from carbon print, albumen print, salt print, cyanotype, ambrotypes, tintypes, silver-gelatine prints and also inkjets. Anything goes, but all of the photographs will be printed from a wet plate collodion plates. More about that later. For now I’m presenting a video from work in progress.

I’m listing the two prints on ebay as an auction starting from 0.99 USD and the auction is on for only three days!

With other words, I need your support to make the exhibition happen as I want to be. Have fun bidding and I will miss those prints, I know that…

THE LINK to the Carbon Print listed on Ebay

THE LINK to the Albumen Print listed on Ebay

Personal aftermath – Arles photo festival

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My toppest topshit readers, I apologize for not topshiting on my blog for a while, but I’ve been working. Plus just now I realize that my blog is really well visited. How do I know that? Not with google analytics, but when few people stop you on streets of Arles, shaking hands telling that they follow my blog, you know that’s something. Lately whenever I go, people have stop mispronouncing my name. When I was studying in London, even after a year, friends were still calling me Borat. Which I don’t mind at all. Borat (the character) is a genius! You may call me Einstein or Borat, it’s OK with me. But I know that this blog changed that. People do call me Borut, which is a name only used in Slovenia, not even in Croatia or Bosnia…

What I want to say, is thank you! I appreciate you are following my blog, but that gives me a responsibility to take care of what I publish. I’ve started this blog in 2006 and posted 1037 posts, so believe me there are some doggy topics (like that post Fight for Man’s emarzipation).

Anyway, here is my newest videolog. It’s gathering my impressions after a visit to the festival Les Recontres d’Arles Photographie. I hope you will enjoy it.

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PS: LINK to my 5am project:

FOTOPUB festival http://fotopub.com/en/

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31 July, 2014 at 10:46

Simon Weber – Unger and his Nature Printing process from 1852

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This weekend I was visiting Vienna Photo Book Festival and it was really exciting place in time. So many books, so many ideas, so many people to talk to… Unfortunately I managed to make only one proper interview if I don’t count the one I’ve published on Monday. Since I’m very much interested in alternative photography processes from 19th Century I was overwhelmed with the work of Simon Weber-Unger! He has a gallery Wissenschaftliches Kabinett in Vienna and it’s specialized in 19th Century photography. Furthermore his project of reviving Nature printing process is breathtaking indeed. I’ve made this interview to share with you his work. I hope you will get a glimpse how great it is. I know it’s not photography, but it is amazingly beautiful print!

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New plates for my Great Depression project

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Regular readers of my topshit blog – also known as topshit readers – are familiar with my Great Depression documentary photography project. Few days ago I was in Vegrad, another industrial giant that got bankrupt and left thousands of desperate people behind. Their greedy and corrupt CEO Hilda Tovšak is in jail at the moment, but she have much better times that all those migrant workers from Bosnia and Serbia…

I had disgusting problems with fog. I didn’t know why until I didn’t calibrate my pH checker and realized that it was showing 0.3pH less than it should, so my silverbath was actually 4.7pH so it was fogging like it’s English morning! I didn’t panic I adjusted everything that I could, but since I didn’t had nitric acid with me and I was reluctant to acidify silverbath with glacial acid, I was still having fog. But that fog was wipeable so, -No winter for Eskimos- I continued to work. In three hours that I had at disposal I’ve managed to make three plates. On the end of the day it was a jolly good day!

PS: If you want to qualify as a topshit reader of topshit blog, you might see this short video about the Great Depression project.

Workshop in Berlin by Borut Peterlin

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WHAT? Group Workshop in Wet Plate Collodion Negative, Salt Printing and Albumen Printing
WHERE? Berlin in Christian Klant‘s studio
WHEN? 16th-19th of Jully 2014
WHO? It’s intended for experienced ambrotypists and tintypists who wants to take new step into the world of negatives and prints.
LANGUAGE? English
HOW MUCH? Four days workshop costs 600 EUR and that includes all material cost and most importantly taxes. It does not include food and accommodation.
APPLICATION? The workshop is limited to five participants, so please hurry if you are interested by sending an email to borut@borutpeterlin.com

DAY ONE
- Introduction to the processes the difference between wet plate collodion positive and negative
– Reviewing examples of negatives and prints we are expected to be making during the workshop
– Preparation of chemistry and cleaning plates
– The making of the first wet plate negatives

DAY TWO
– Participants will learn how to make different densities of wet plate negatives
– How to redevelop a negative
– What light is appropriate for wet plate negative and how to work in inappropriate light
– Practicing a wet plate negative on still life
– Making a portrait with ambient light
– Making a portrait with studio flashes
– Varnishing glass negatives

DAY THREE
– Making more negatives. The goal is that each participant will make several negatives with different densities for different printing processes.
– Varnishing glass plates
– Preparing albumen for printing process
– Preparing gelatin for salt print process
– Seizing paper for salt print process
– Seizing paper for albumen print process
– Demonstration of salt and albumen printing process

DAY FOUR
– Salt printing
– Albumen printing
– Toning with goldchloride
– Waxing salt prints
– Silver Nitrate bath maintenance (boiling with baking soda, filtering, adjusting pH,…)
– Demonstration of dry collodion negative & Carbon Process

Each participant will receive few pages of notes with all receipts and most important points to remember.

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