Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Wet Plate Collodion photography at -17C

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A cityscape of Novo mesto with frozen river Krka.

Last week it was really cold in whole Eastern Europe and although in Slovenia was not as bad as in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia,… it was still really cold. River Krka has frozen! Last time that this happened it was in 1929 and 1846 before that. When I saw that river Krka was freezing I decided to make a photograph in Wet plate Collodion. Famous deceased painter Božidar Jakac painted a painting of a frozen river Krka in 1929 and that image impressed me deeply when I was still a child. So this is the result. I had a refrigerator bag with hot bottles of water, to keep chemicals and plates warm. After 2 hours working at temperature of -17C, I’ve made three successful images. On the end I was cleaning my stuff and have left a plate in destiled water and it was covered in ice in just a few minutes. I’ve sold one plate just few days after. This wet plate collodion adventure drained all my finances so I needed money and I’ve sold it pretty cheaply.

I’m planning to make an art-zine with this kind of photographs in edition of 99 and 36 of them will have an original tintype plate. I was thinking to sell an art-zine for 10 EUR and one art-zine with one original, unique tintype plate as a pre-order for 99EUR + VAT + shipping. That’s all together 130 EUR for an art-zine and one tintype plate. Size of the plate is 10×15 cm (about 6″x9″) If you’re interested, send me an email that you’re interested and I’ll send you a reproductions of my plates as I make them. My email is This image of frozen river Krka is not for sale, but new work will be.

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  1. Prapradedek je ponosen nate!


    17 February, 2012 at 14:18

  2. Amazing image!

    You should publish your work! An interesting marketing technique I watched Clyde Butcher use a few years ago was to start at one price and gradually mark each additional print up a little. Brilliant idea I think. Builds value for collectors and adds value to your images.

    BoJo Photo

    17 February, 2012 at 16:38

  3. i just love your work so very much. !


    26 February, 2012 at 09:20

  4. Thank you very much! Many times I feel like a lonely stray dog, but then I say to myself, if I’m loving it, then surely must be others who share the same passion, aesthetics!

    Borut Peterlin

    26 February, 2012 at 10:37

  5. […] to dig in art history and grow roots deep down there. One of my first tintype landscapes was of frozen river Krka at -17C in year 20012. Last time that river Krka got frozen it was some 85 years ago and at the time young painter […]

  6. […] print to notforsale tintype of frozen river Krka that I’ve done at temperature -17C (link on the post). My email address is […]

  7. […] made two months after I’ve started to do wet plate collodion at the temperature of -17C. HERE is the post about […]

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