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Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

A beautiful lens cabinet for beautiful lenses! Vlog #101

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In this vlog I’m finishing the job I’ve started about half a year ago! I’ve used an old window from my grandparent’s house and turned it into a beautiful lens cabinet and even more beautiful memory of my grand parents. The boxes I’ve bought from a beekeeper three years ago and I knew time will come to use them and here they are. I’m really happy how it turned out. May the topshit be with you, Borut

My website with on-line store: https://www.borutpeterlin.com/shop/

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Music from Youtube audio library:
Temps – Riot
Frenchman Street – Otis
McDonald Smooth – Silent Partner
QuangerineCream – Noir Et Blanc Vie

Written by Borut Peterlin

16 October, 2020 at 12:00

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100th Topshit Photography Vlog / New Big Glass Negatives

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New work from my fine art project A New Earth. The work is inspired by the art of Ana Mendieta and philosophy of Eckhart Tolle and Alan Watts. This is my 100th vlog, I’ve opened this channel in 2006 and I’m blogging from 2003 ( http://www.borutpeterlin.wordpress.com ) and I have published already more than 150 vlogs (can’t find the exact number). Don’t ask me why the number is only 100, I forgot, ha, ha, ha… Topshit strategy, I guess. Anyway I hope you will enjoy the serenity of the project. It’s my walking meditation. I think the first stage of the project is finished. Now I need to make few carbon prints, review all the work done until now and draw some projections where is this is going. More about that in the 101th vlog. Thank you for your attention, may the Topshit be with you!

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25 September, 2020 at 20:52

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New plates from A New Earth wet plate collodion project

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Dear viewers, here is the new work for my project A New Earth. Inspired by the work of Ana Mendieta and the philosophy of Eckhart Tolle and Alan Watts, I’m camping in the forest for several days and I’m performing a ritual called wet plate collodion photography, glass plates, format 40x50cm or 16×20″.

Thank you for your attention, may the Topshit be with you!
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Five days alone in the forest / Vlog 98

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This is a new vlog from my project A New Earth. Inspired by the work of Ana Mendieta and the philosophy of Eckhart Tolle and Alan Watts. My photography is almost like a ritual in a forest, dealing with a relationship of a man and nature.
In this vlog I’ve included the work only from one location, because the vlog is already long. More to come…
Thank you for your attention, may the Topshit be with you!

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A carbon print on glass, as an auction from 0,99$

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Thank you for your attention to my work. I’m listing an image of an old tree, A Silent Friend, bathing in the sunlight, showering upon us the eternity of the present moment.

I made this image as a carbon print on glass from a wet plate collodion negative. The image is featured also in my book  A Father’s Tale.

This print is not a limited edition, but to make a single carbon print, I need to work two days also with poisonous substances like potassium dichromate, so I can’t imagine making more then a dozen prints from this negative, before I poison myself completely. A photograph with these properties is a collector’s dream item, worth to be featured in the squeal of the novel by Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose. He, he, I’m not joking about the dichromates, but I do take safety precautions seriously. Do not worry, the print is free of this sensitizer and is safe to handle. On top of that the gelatin layer is sandwiched between two glass plates.

The size of the image is 25x30cm or 10×12″ and the entire glass is 40x50cm or 16×20″.  The image is backed with handmade paper that adds the organic handmade feeling of the image. 

Carbon print on glass is by my opinion the most beautiful way how a photograph could possibly look like and it’s also the most archival. Carbon printing does not need a developer or fixer or other chemistry, just a gelatin, pigment (ink), sensitizer and hot water. I’ve made the making of video explaining  and I invite you to view it on the following links: 

The making of the print is published above, the making of the negative from the year 2014 is published bellow.

My name is Borut Peterlin, an artist from Slovenia, EU and I’ve been thought the process by the famous process historian Mark Osterman, from George Eastman House, Rochester, USA and Calvin Grier from Lyria, Spain. I’m using antique hand-made processes to achieve the aesthetics that matches my vision.
Short biography:  I’m a Fine Art photographer specialized in Antique Avantgarde Art, dealing with contemporary issues in 19th Century photographic processes. I’ve graduated at Prague’s FAMU Academy with a BA in photography (1994-98) and earned a Postgraduate Diploma at The London College of Printing (2002-03). In 2000 I’ve received a scholarship at Fabrica, Benetton’s Research Center for Communication and began working with Oliviero Toscani. In 2001 I’ve started Fotopub Festival of Documentary Photography and served as art-director for seven years. I’ve exhibited worldwide, in venues such as the Konica-Minolta Gallery, Tokio, Japan / K2 Gallery – Izmir, Turkey / Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany/ Host Gallery, London, UK / Kaunas Photo Festival, Lithuania / Doland Museum, Shanghai, China / Photo Fringe Festival, Krakow, Poland and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.  More about my work on www.borutpeterlin.com

A New Earth Project / vlog#96

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Topshit Photography Vlog #96

In this episode of the vlog, I’ve spend five days in the middle of the woodlands, on the hill with the name Far Away Hill (Daleč hrib), Kočevski rog in Slovenia.

In the following episodes I’ll talk more about the concept and the aesthetic of the project, but in this vlog, I wanted to be simple, focused on the beauty, no spoken words.

But here are few pointers for better understanding of my art. Inspired by the work of Ana Mendieta, I perform sort of rituals in the nature, using my body and 170 year old process called wet plate collodion photography. Huge inspiration is also the book of Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth.

Thank you for your attention, may the Topshit be with you!
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I was a guest at The United Art Gallery

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Dear readers, followers and supporters,
Markus Hofstätter is a fellow wet plate photographer from Vienna and he runs a project The United Art Gallery, promoting wet plate photographers and their work. I was a guest on his podcast Behind The United Art Gallery.

I enjoyed the conversation very much and I’m very impressed how well the final result came out. I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
Thank you Markus!

Written by Borut Peterlin

3 July, 2020 at 09:53

My Youtube channel got hacked!!! / Vlog #95

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Catastrophe, my youtube channel got hacked. Hackers left some clues behind and if you recognise somebody in this surveillance footage, let me know!

Lost in the forest. At night… Vlog #94

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This vlog is kind of “talking head” format, which I hate, so I’ve used all my video making skills to make it bearable. On the end I’m sharing a failed vlog. I wanted to sleep on the top of the mountain, but I got lost and had to come back at night. Morning was a pure treasure though. I hope you will enjoy it.
Thank you for your attention, may the Topshit be with you!
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18 June, 2020 at 10:16

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An Albumen Print from an Ultra Large Format Collodion negative / vlog #92

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In this vlog I’ve made an albumen prints from collodion negatives, I’ve made in the past vlogs. I’ve experienced contamination of my prints and I’m suspecting that the albumen didn’t prevent the contact of silvernitrate with the base paper. The matter of more future tests. I’ve also tried to make a carbon print, but DAS sensitiser has a horrible tonal threshold in highlights, so I wasn’t satisfyed with the carbon print. In the future I’ll make a multilayered carbon print, to get a pleasing result throughout the tonality of the print.

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