Posts Tagged ‘Silver & Light’

Slab City: Ian Ruhter on creating the largest wet plate collodion ambrotype in the world

Written by Ian Ruhter on . Posted in Fine art photography, Silver & light

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Already dubbed the Master of Wet Plate Photography by us, Ian Ruhter needs no introduction. Recently he embarked on a journey to Slab City, to create the world’s largest wet plate collodion. He tells an inspirational tale enveloped in philosophical queries.

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy making pictures that appease everyone else, but leave me questioning if they represent what is truly in my heart. My images of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and pristine landscaped photos appear to be what everyone is typically interested in. It is great to receive praise and recognition, even being compared to Ansel Adams – which is one of the highest compliments you can receive. The problem is it’s not who I am. When I chose to make the world’s largest wet plate collodion direct positives (ambrotypes) I didn’t quite know what I was getting my self into. It’s been incredibly difficult and extremely expensive. I thought by going along with all this attention and praise there would be some kind of pay off, ironically enough it left me feeling empty and still searching to find myself.

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Ian Ruhter’s Most Challenging Portrait Ever: The Celebrity Portrait

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Some shoots are just shoots. Others are an experience you walk away from knowing something you did not know before. Ian Ruhter‘s celebrity portrait shoot definitely belongs in the latter category.

Today, we have something special for you. Wet plates maestro Ian Ruhter has released a new video. It’s called The Making of a Celebrity Portrait, and it’s quite unlike any other video on portrait photography we’ve ever seen.

“Based on who this person is I knew I would scrutinize this image far more than any other portrait that I had ever made,” writes Ian about the project. “During this project The Making of a Celebrity Portrait, it redefined how I view celebrities. It made me question if celebrity culture influenced us so greatly that we want to be portrayed like them. In a world that revolves around social networking and selfies I started wondering what these images really say about us.

Ian also encourages viewers to engage in the project by sharing a portrait of themselves:

“NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! I’m asking you to include a photograph of yourself for this project. The idea is to collect many images so we can create one picture of who we really are. Hashtag a portrait of you with #iamthecelebrity on Instagram! All month long we’ll be cataloguing and commenting on these images. Once this is done we’ll create the final project! Stay tuned for updates by following me and Profoto.”

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Silver & Light, Part IX: Vancouver, BC

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Silver & light

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Even though every Profoto product was designed with a purpose, we encourage and support creatives who find new ways of using them. Ian Ruhter, who uses powerful Profoto strobes to rejuvenate the old wet plates technique, is one of those photographers. Ian is currently traveling around the continent, photographing the places and the people who live there in this never-before-seen fashion. We will follow him on this journey in a series of articles, written by Ian himself. This is the ninth part.

It never ceases to amaze me that what started off as a mere thought, has taken me on a journey that will hopefully lead me around the world. I guess you could say it’s only the beginning, but this was our first international trip with the Silver & Light Experience. We spent the month of April in Vancouver, Canada and I can honestly say this was the best trip so far. The success of this trip is largely in part due to the team behind the Silver & Light Project. I would like to thank Lane Power, Will Eichelberger and Madeline Druce for their combined efforts in helping to make this possible.

While planning for this trip, we thought the hardest part would be the logistics of crossing the boarder into Canada. Little did I know this would be the easiest part. When your camera is a large van, there are so many things that can go wrong. We ended up breaking down on our journey North, and there was a moment where I thought we weren’t going to make it. Somehow, we patched up the truck and continued on our voyage, but we had to drive for 400 miles on the freeway at 35mph. I almost had a nervous breakdown! We crossed the boarder at 4am, and I knew at this point everything was going to be ok.

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Silver & Light, Part VIII: When Dreams Collide

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Silver & light

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Even though every Profoto product was designed with a purpose, we encourage and support creatives who find new ways of using them. Ian Ruhter, who uses powerful Profoto strobes to rejuvenate the old wet plates technique, is one of those photographers. Ian is currently traveling around his home country, photographing the places and the people who live there in this never-before-seen fashion. We will follow him on this journey in a series of articles, written by Ian himself. This is the eighth part.

In the process of preparing the time machine, I had no idea this would become one of the most extraordinary journeys to date. It would propel me into the future where I meet Chase Jarvis, one of the greatest photographers of all time. It would then send me back in time to meet with my old friend, Peter Line, the best snowboarder of this era.

All of a sudden I found myself in the present, making a picture of Ishmael Butler from the Diggable Planets. I had travelled the way you would in a dream, taking me backward into the future. A future where you paint with silver and light. Read more

Silver & Light, Part VI: Death Do Us Part

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Silver & light

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Even though every Profoto product was designed with a purpose, we encourage and support creatives who find new ways of using them. Ian Ruhter is one of those photographers. Ian uses powerful Profoto strobes to rejuvenate the old wet plates technique . He is currently traveling around his home country, photographing the places and the people who live there in this never-before-seen fashion. We will follow him on this journey in a series of articles, written by Ian himself. This is the sixth part, titled Death Do Us Part.

I’m standing in the dark 1000 miles from home in a graveyard. The morning light arrived and my eyes began to focus. This was the moment everything became clear. I woke up from a nightmare that had lasted seven years. I realized I was surrounded by everything I loved. That’s where the name Death Do Us Part came from.

Seven years ago a series of events occurred that left me standing alone, frozen in time. I stood there for years consumed by my own thoughts.

Death Do Us Part is the fear of letting go of our past in order to reach for the future. When we take this leap of faith we decide to let go of our fears. We begin free falling with nothing to hold on to. These are the rare instances that we are actually living in the moment. Read more