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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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Youtube channel Topshit Photography

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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Written by Borut Peterlin

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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A New Earth Photography project, my new dog friend, vlog #91

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In this vlog I’m featuring:

1) My new dog Vintage or Winch for short
2) My new plate from the project A New Earth
3) Vegan goulash

1) My new dog is a female black longhair German Shepherd by the name of Vintage or Winch for short. At the moment she is two months old and weighs 6 kilograms. She is very smart and an amazing guard dog. Her father is a police dog and just like her father she has an amazing smell. During the time in the woodland, she smelled out a bear. She started to bark in the forest and started to shake, hiding under the car. She understood the danger and warned me immediately. I haven’t seen the bear, but I did hear footsteps in the bush. No worries, on those expeditions I encounter a bear or they meet me every single time, that’s why I need a good guard dog with me.

2) A New Earth is an art project dealing with the New Deal with mother nature. My work is inspired by the art of Ana Mendieta, philosophy of Eckhart Tolle and Alan Watts. This plate is aesthetically very much inspired by Sally Mann’s art work Body Farm.

3) Vegan Goulash: – Lots of onion (the same amount as soya chunks) – Olive oil – I love adding a small tea spoon of good not too strong curry – Carrots about 1/3 of the amount of soya chunks – Sweet pepper – Soya chunks (the same amount as onion) – Tomato sauce or in my case I’ve used concentrated tomato. Sauce is better. – Salt, black pepper and some red hot chilli pepper – water You stir it and cook about 12-15 minutes. It could be longer or shorter, it depends how big are your soya chunks. Best is to serve it with cold polenta, but I had only one cooking kettle, so bread is just as good.

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THANK YOU!!!

Written by Borut Peterlin

12 May, 2020 at 18:39

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My friend’s last day

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Mike was a German shepherd, that I’ve bought from a very irresponsible owner at age of two. He was my faithful companion and he saved me numerous times by alarming me about the bear’s presence. Even five days before his death he alert me and stood in front of me while bear growled from the dark.

Mike will be missed.

Music by Eddie Vedder – Long Nights – Into the Wild

Written by Borut Peterlin

29 April, 2020 at 21:38

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