A Very Exciting Project

Recently I have had the enormous privilege of working on a very special photograph for a customer, and the great news is they have gave me permission to share it with you! I am so exited to tell you all about it.

I was asked if it was possible if I could digitally restore a Glass Negative dating from around the 1850's to the 1860's, and as you can imagine I was so exited to be given the chance to work on such a special image.

 Before restoration

Before restoration

As a great lover of history, with a great interest in the Victorian era, to be able to hold this glass negative in my hands was such a thrill. The image that is captured on this fragile medium dates from the early decades of photography itself. Photography back then was just as much a science as it was an art. The most astonishing thing is that the very glass plate you see above was actually there in the studio at the very same time as the sitters.

Using collodion wet plate process, the photographer who captured this image had to prepare the plate, sensitize it, expose it and then finally develop it within their studio. From the time of exposure the photographer only had roughly 15 minutes to chemically fix the image in the dark room which due to the time constraints had to be really close by.

It is only when we have the chance to see images like this one that we can fully appreciate how technology has transformed photography and how it has transformed the process of taking a photograph from the early days of this image using the Wet Collodion Process to now where we have access to a camera everywhere we go located within our mobile phones.

 After restoration

After restoration

For something so fragile to have survived around 150 years is quite remarkable and it was a total privilege to have had the chance to work on it. Thank you Mr Kearney for allowing me to share this image and for contacting ReClick Photo.

 Before and after restoration

Before and after restoration

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.