Kellogg Community College, photography

Stephen Richmond

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Stephen Richmond
Art 249 – Alternative Process
Wetplate; 3.5″ x 4.5″
2 out of a series of 6

This series was an attempt to further my love for classic analog photography. Utilizing a process that is over 100 years old, I sought to recreate the images of the olden times with simple, formal clothing and facial expressions.

11 thoughts on “Stephen Richmond”

  1. I think you were very successful in recreating a historical look and feel with each photograph although I am interested to know more about the process which seems to be the most important part of the series so I would include more information about that in the artists statement.

  2. These are pretty powerful images. I wonder how using the same process while incorporating a modern signifier or two could add another layer of content.

  3. These photos are very convincing. And the parts that look to be double exposure/possible ghost effects in both images helps to further this illusion of being taken during an earlier time period.
    Along with this the other parts that look to be errors in processing/shooting add to the effect. With these older practices there obviously a lot of room for error. The softness of the images and the underexposure make this look more realistic as an older image.

  4. Wow, these are fantastic! Great job. I think you did a wonderful job capturing the essence of oldstyle photographs/paintings by juxtaposing the style with an old form of printing.

  5. These are fantastic! They are convincing as historical images. The simple backgrounds are great and textural. The compositions, expressions and exposures all work to make these look historical. Although I would like to know more specifically about how you achieved this process. I would like more process details.

  6. These are great examples of the wet plate process and would love to see more of your work when you start to develop more in the process. What draws me into the images is the focus on portraits and how this process was used for many years as a form of identification and family photos. I glad that more and more photographers are looking to alternative processes and trying to bring back what is an amazing art form.

  7. I think you did a really good job on recreating the images of the olden times. They seem very nostalgic. The formal clothing and facial expressions are very natural. And both compositions are just like the old days.

  8. I think you were really successful in recreating the historic feeling of a photograph! At first glance, I definitely thought this was an old photograph that you were working with, but when I read your artist statement I was pretty shocked. I’m really interested in the process that it took to get to this point, and how you accomplished that! Since the process seems to be the most important part of this work, you should include something about that in your description. Great job composing the photographs though!

  9. These are very successful in terms of creating historical looking photos! I wish they were a bit brighter, but I don’t know much about the process you used, so that might not be possible. But otherwise, really good job with the facial expressions, clothes, composition, etc.

  10. I am a big fan of Wetplate prints and I think you did a very fine job. I particularly enjoy that you played in to the historic aesthetic with your subjects. I also really enjoy that you paired these two images, because as a set I get a “good side” and “bad side” feel of the same person in the two images.

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