do you want to be an alchemist……?


yes, i do believe ive done it again! done what?

grabbed your attention, yet again…..!

seriously though, what i am going to talk about today is actually what the processes were known as, and in some cases, the people involved really thought that it was a part of, or would lead to, the fabled alchemy…the stuff of legends.

of course serious photographers will know what i am talking about by now…alternative process photography.

presently, there are a huge number and variety of processes involved in this genre, but the overall and over-riding effect in your results are unique, and original, as no two prints of the same subject will be the same!

all the processes involve the use of somewhat powerful chemicals, which you have to be very careful when using, but as long as you are careful, the results are immensely satisfying and artistic.

the main processes are cyanotype, dagguerotype, gelatin silver, gum bichromate and lith. i can speak from personal experience here and can say without prejudice that i have tried several of these methods, and not once have i had the misfortune of accidental spills etc….so being careful in the first place is the byword!

i wont go into any more depth here, as there are hundreds of pages on the web that you can access to find out more, but what i can say for sure is that i will be offering for sale some ready-made kits for beginners to try their hands on….these will be ready very soon, so kindly bookmark this site or drop in at least once a week.

till then, read all about it at these sites:

alternative photo




About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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