Collodion is alive and well!

Behind the scenes

I just came across this Youtube video submitted by  modern day exponent of the collodion process, Quinn Jacobson  (  Seems there is quite a vibrant collodion subculture in  Europe and the US.  There are lost of fascinating videos on Youtube about collodion processes and artists.

It gives you a real appreciation of the skills involved and the difficulties faced by Merlin and Bayliss (and the many other  photographers in the field using wet plates - the American Civil War photgraphers spring to mind here).   I can just picture them cramped in the darkroom wagon, trying to keep the dust out of everything,  while they floated the emulsion onto the glass plates.