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Hiawatha's Photographing Event

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Hiawatha’s Photographing
(By Lewis Carroll)

From his shoulder Hiawatha
Took the camera of rosewood,
Made of sliding, folding rosewood;
Neatly put it all together.
In its case it lay compactly,
Folded into nearly nothing;

But he opened out the hinges,
Pushed and pulled the joints and hinges,
Till it looked all squares and oblongs,
Like a complicated figure
In the Second Book of Euclid.

This he perched upon a tripod -
Crouched beneath its dusky cover -
Stretched his hand, enforcing silence -
Said, "Be motionless, I beg you!"
Mystic, awful was the process.


The poem refers to Wet Plate Collodion - a 19th century photography process of pouring Collodion onto a plate of thin iron or glass, then exposing it in a large format camera and developing the plate while it is still wet.
This process was the primary photographic method from the early 1850s till 1880s and was extensively used during the Civil War (all of the photographs made during the Civil War were made by the wet collodion process, the only process of the time)

The Collodion technique creates One-of–a–Kind photographs with a very unique aesthetic, which can’t be reached by any other photographic process. (...and results are sometimes unpredictable, like in the poem)

If you want to find out what the process was really like, please join us for HIAWATHAN’S PHOTOGRAPHY event which will take place on 30th & 31st July, during Americana and Roots Weekend in Greystones.

Photographers Kasia Kesicka and Monika Fabijanczyk will present this beautiful technique and will take you back in time with the original 19th century alchemist’s recipes, equipment and portrait’s taking procedures.

There will be an unrepeatable occasion of having a portrait taken.
Everybody is welcome!

30th July 2 pm - 7 pm
31st July 2 pm - 7 pm

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