Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Exhibition of Wet Plate collodion landscapes

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In September 2014 I had an exhibition in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. I’ve enjoyed that period of life a lot, taking wet plate negatives, photographing river, defeating summer heat by a swim in a river together with my kids. What a privilege to be alive! I’ve recorded a lot a videos to pass on the knowledge I’ve generously received from Mark Osterman and the Collodion community. I’ve enjoyed the work so much I never found time to edit the video material and unfortunately the material just piled up. In the last few months I haven’t record any videos, because I knew I must edit the old material first and yesterday I’ve started at 9pm, finished at 3am and 12 hours later it’s live on youtube. I hope you will find some useful information and some inspiration in it.

The exhibition represents a path that I walked through in the last two years, while learning the process. But the exhibition started with the tintype of frozen river Krka, that I’ve made two months after I’ve started to do wet plate collodion at the temperature of -17C. HERE is the post from February 2012.

The exhibition is devoted to a painter Božidar Jakac and the concept is inspired by words of a poet Tone Pavček, engraved in his gravestone:

You’ve remained part of the landscape, its pain and its beauties.

And this concept is mirrored in the images, I wanted that in every of image there would be a presence of beauty and pain. I’ve designed the exhibition to be dynamic. I’ve exhibited original tintypes, ambrotype glass plates, toned albumen prints, salt prints, carbon prints, toned cyanotypes and also some toned silver-gelatine enlargements and ink-jets from wet plate collodion negatives.

The most important result from the two years walk, it can not be shown directly, but it’s the most important result. I’ve learned the process, I have no open questions and I can make a good image in (almost) any conditions. I’ve learned many different processes and those tools will play a crucial role in my future art career.

Last but not least, if you want to learn some of that hands-on photography processes, I warmly recommend workshops in George Eastman House with Mark Osterman. It’s one thing to learn the process, but it’s something different to get an access to one of the most interesting and rich collection of photography and feel that you are a part of it.

I can not offer that, but I do offer individual workshops, so if you’re interested in buying a print from me or a workshop, please send me an email to


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  1. Hi Borut, Well done! It is always a joy to see you at work, good video. Best, Marc

    Marc Hazeleger

    14 January, 2015 at 17:41

  2. Very moving work Borut. Thanks for sharing your passion in this video.
    Congratulations and cheers at the show. Wish I could be there.

    John Fink Jr.

    14 January, 2015 at 18:21

  3. Thank you Marc and John! There is one more video ready, but I’m just in it, I haven’t created it, so it’s upon the creators to publish it.

    Borut Peterlin

    14 January, 2015 at 18:45

  4. Once again a show of amazing work from pure dedication, passion, perseverance and knowledge. Thanks for sharing the video, you are not aware, but you are the reason I now do Alternative Photographic Processes, thank you. Kind regards, Robert

    Robert James Elliott

    14 January, 2015 at 19:14

  5. Thank you Rob, it’s a huge compliment and an encouragement to keep them coming.

    Borut Peterlin

    15 January, 2015 at 10:45

  6. Sorry it took so long to view this one. Glad i found time to sit with a coffee and watch this. As always you inspire me,


    17 January, 2015 at 12:59

  7. I would love to jump on a plane and spend a couple of weeks shadowing you. Very inspirational Borut. Aloha, Dan (Kauai)

    Daniel Finchum

    18 January, 2015 at 20:25

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