Canadian photographer Fred Fraser uses a photographic processing technique dating from 150 years ago called Wet Plate photography. Wet plate photographs are created with the use of glass sheets of varying sizes and a combination of chemicals in a darkroom. Each plate is made light sensitive just minutes before the exposure of the camera takes place. It is then immediately returned to the darkroom for development. The light sensitive emulsion conceived in the darkroom must stay wet during the entire procedure, giving meaning to the name "Wet Plate" photography.
The innate unpredictability of this process is what makes his images all the more intriguing. Each image is truly one of a kind and can not be repeated.
One can see why we found this work not only inspiring but incredibly interesting. The concept of wet plate photography is not unlike the ideals we strive for with our offering at Fallow - unique pieces, crafted by hand and never to be repeated.