Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Ultra Large Format Camera Art Project / 108

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In this vlog I’ve spend three days in my cabin in the woodland of Kočevski rog, Slovenia. It was my first nights sleeping in the cabin, so I had to do lots of cleaning before I was feeling comfortable to lay down. I’ve especially checked the chimney, since in the past 15 years nobody was using the cabin. Except migrants coming from south stopping on their way to the promise land. I’ve recycled some of my drone footage from 2016. I don’t have a drone anymore and now I’m investing all the money in the cottage, so I wasn’t planning to buy it. But I must admit, it is another dimension, that I should incorporate into my work.

About my project Feels Like home. Five years ago I had a divorce and break up of 21 years long relationship. I’ve started a project Feels Like Home where I’m domesticating the places I find myself in. My favourite method of domestication are flower bouquets and ritual called wet plate photography. Art is bringing peace to me. In the next stage I will make carbon prints from these negatives.
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Verve – Benjamin Martins
Checkmate – Nathan Moore
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20 February, 2021 at 00:36

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Darkroom Winch!

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In this vlog I’m introducing a darkroom winch. My friend Oto Žan has an MA in engineering and he’s an expert in 3D printing. I’ve described him my wish, to have a darkroom winch that will rock my trays during processing prints. It took few versions of testing and this version of the darkroom winch proved to be the best one. It’s powerful enough to rock a big tray with 10 litres of water inside. More then enough. If it’s too much of the weight the wheel just slips and no harm done to the electric motor. The best part is that you can hack the winch and program it to change its speed and the height of the lift. It has two years of warranty.

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Music: Road Tripzzz – Ofshane
Disclaimer: Jouni Erola / Finland

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3 February, 2021 at 11:48

Wet Plate Collodion – NEGATIVE – Manual

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I’m sorry for not being able to publish a vlog for quite some time. I had some issues with infected thumb and the thumbnail had to be taken off. It’s alright, no worries. So in this vlog I’m making a research on subbing glass plates with albumen.

It took me the whole week to do it, but I’ve learned a lot. I have in mind several tests to really understand the mechanism behind the wet plate collodion process. My manual will be about the wet plate collodion NEGATIVE, not the positive. Almost everyone who practice the process today, works as wet plate collodion POSITIVE (ambrotype or tintype), but my manual will be about the negative variation of the process. The best way of making a photograph, the topshit way, of course.

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If you are interested in the basic wet plate collodion manual, I warmly recommend Osterman’s manual:
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25 January, 2021 at 13:52

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What I’ve learned in 2020

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For me the 2019 was the third worst year of my life, after the years of my childhood accident with gasoline in 1984 and the divorce in 2016, the 2019 was an apocalyptic year for me. I had to rebuild my life from the ground up. The 2019, the year when I was left alone, I was forced to rethink who am I and reconsider where am I going. The period of 2016-2019 I can easily compare with 1984-1987 when I was recovering from the third degree gasoline burns. Except this time there was no medical doctors and no painkillers. Furthermore in the summer of 2018 I had my last beer and I don’t even drink alcohol anymore. Although to be fair, that was a small sacrifice, because I never was much of a drinker anyway. Plus I never tried any illegal drug, ever! Not even the cannabis. Due to my childhood trauma, at the age of 11 I started to fucking hate the fucking haze of my fucking mind! Once and for all, FUCK THAT!

Pain should not be ignored, it should be faced and dealt with it!
Then the 2020 came. I lost all the commercial work, all the workshops got cancelled, phone stopped ringing. In March 2020 I remember saying to myself that the time has come to start treating my own art as the most important client, my art is my dream client. Period. On top of that I expect from myself to apply the same professional standards that I have for any commercial job.

The year 2020 is the time when I started to believe in my own art and surprise, surprise my art began to sell. And it’s selling really well! On the first of January 2021, I’ve sold my first art piece for four digit price! Without a gallery or an agent, solely from a direct contact with people that believe in my art! I am living my dreams and at the moment, I’m buying a cottage in my favourite place on the planet, in the woodlands of Kočevski Rog, Slovenia. The cottage will be a photography resort, an artist residence, a place for people to find peace and do their art.

But, please, I want to finish this post by saying I feel really humbled by all the lessons of my life and I will share them one day. For now just an insight that the adversity is forcing us to rethink who we are and we can perish in the emotions of fear or we can move forward in the emotion of love. I am doing my best to live in the present moment, the eternal present moment that is just like as a river and us, jumping from a rock to a rock, from a day to a day, from a year to a year. So much jumping and still remaining in the present moment.

The crucial role are playing my patreons on
A plaquette with their names will be on the cottage!

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4 January, 2021 at 16:37

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I’m buying a cottage, the topshit will hit the fan! Vlog #106

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Dear followers,

I’m finishing this 2020 and for the grand finale I’m buying a dream cottage in my dream woodland of Kočevski rog, Slovenia! Vaccination has started all over the world and thanks to science, I expect our lives to return back to normal again. I’m definitely ready! I look forward to new challenges that are in front of me.

This cottage will be a photo-centre, an artist residence and artists in resistance headquarters. If the circumstances will allow, I plan to have another Woodland Beyond Photography event in the last week of July 2021, so mark the dates.

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28 December, 2020 at 11:25

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How to make a ground glass for large format camera – on the field!

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Last week I’ve made a ground glass for my Linhof Kardan 5×7″ camera and I’ve done many tests in carbon double transfer carbon print process. I’m very pleased with the ground glass and the mixing of potassium dichromate with sodium hidroxide. I’m truly amazed that after four days standing at room temperature I was getting perfectly clear whites and rich blacks. Anyway I skipped two ground glass tricks in my vlog. If in emergency, when you traveled to a location and you brake the ground glass, you can make one on the spot. 1) the best is to have some silicon carbide with you and you can make one in 30 minutes. 2) If you don’t have the silicon carbide, go and buy finest sanding paper you can get. Most likely it will be too coarse, so you can add some ash from fire place or some other material, like salt with oversaturated water or if you are wet plate collodion photographer, then you have on you the ferrous sulphate and if you add very little water, it will make a fine grinding powder. 3) if you are a wet plate collodion photographer, then you cut your glass to the size of the ground glass, pour collodion on it and sub it into silvernitrate for two minutes. That will make the glass milky in just the right way to work as a good ground glass. OK, now this is done, now I can start preparing for my epic Christmas special! Subscribe, recommend the channel, or even support it by buying a book or becoming a patreon! Either way… Topshit happens! Three ways to support this channel:

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12 December, 2020 at 10:33

Carbon prints for my supporters

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In this vlog I’ve shared with you some workflow of mine and how I’ve created these beautiful carbon prints. I wanted to send to my patreons the best print I could do and of course carbon print is the best printing process ever invented. But it’s also one of the slowest processes, so I had to figure out how to make multiple prints at the same time. The solution was to take many frames of the same motive. Let me confess that the road in the fog frame didn’t happen, due to a really expired film. I still left it in the vlog, to show you how am I composing the frame and how am I searching for the best frame. I hope you’ll like the vlog, please share and recommend the channel to others.
You may buy one these or some other print or a book. Tomorrow I’m offering also the Black Friday discount.
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26 November, 2020 at 17:22

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Silvergrain Classics Photo Magazine

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After a very long time, a TopshEEt Photography vlog, a photomagazine reaction. I’ve done this a s a test how long will it take me to make this reaction video and my estimate was few hours and now, it’s Sunday 23:22 and I’m happy I’ve done it at lease in a week time. Sure, I have a good excuse, I had a birthday, ha, ha, it’s true. Anyway I hope you like it at least as much as I like the magazine.
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16 November, 2020 at 14:12

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Carbon print on glass, as an EBay auction from 0,99$ USD.

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In this vlog my daughter Brina Peterlin made a perfect carbon print on glass from a retouched wet plate collodion negative. She is selling it as an EBay auction from $0,99 USD.

The ambrotypes and the next edition of the carbon print is available on the on-line store.

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26 October, 2020 at 21:12

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

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Temps – Riot
Frenchman Street – Otis
McDonald Smooth – Silent Partner
QuangerineCream – Noir Et Blanc Vie

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16 October, 2020 at 12:00

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