First Friday at PARKED: The People of Lancaster

Glass Plate Photography

Wet Plate Collodion

I had the honor and privilege of being invited to participate in a really cool photo project that will result in this week’s First Friday exhibit by our friends at Parked, Lancaster’s first mobile art gallery. Each First Friday of 2013, photographers Ole Hongvanthong (Photole) & Taylor Brown have assembled a fresh photo exhibit in the back of a U-haul truck and “parked” it in Lancaster Square, across from Binn’s Park on N. Queen St.

For December, the final Parked exhibit, Ole and Taylor present the “People of Lancaster”; photographs created in very traditional ways at the new Sunshine Art+Design gallery and studio at 104 W. King St.

Ole focused on a photographic process used primarily during the Civil War:

For my final PARKED exhibit I’m working with the wet plate collodion an early photographic process, invented by Frederic Scott Archer. It was introduced in the 1850s but by the 1880s was replaced by gelatin dry plates. The collodion process produces a negative image on a transparent support (glass), creating a sharpness and clarity that can not be achieved with paper negatives.

They say the disadvantage to the wet plate collodion process is the entire process; coating to developing, you have no more than 10 minutes to complete everything. The plate drips silver nitrate solution, causing stains and troublesome build-ups in the camera and plate holders. To me this is the fun of it all, being in the darkroom again, working with my hands and understanding light ratios. What real photography should be about.
Natasha by Taylor Brown

Natasha from The Year of Black Clothing by Taylor Brown

Taylor’s contribution to the exhibit is part of The Year of Black Clothing Portrait Project:

In a collaborative effort to join others in the feeling of loss, watching the destruction of our world, and wanting to do something about it, I teamed up with The Year of Black Clothing and took portraits of their supporters. I shot traditional black and white film and printed in the soon to open community darkroom at Sunshine Art+Design. It was a great reminder of how beautiful the every day person is in contrast to the overwhelming trend of retouched photos we see everywhere we turn.

Stop by Parked this upcoming First Friday evening, December 6, from 6 pm until 9 pm in Lancaster Square to check out the “People of Lancaster” and celebrate a successful year of mobile art exhibits.