Francesco Mastalia's masterful black and white photographs haunt with their quiet, luminous beauty and inner light. His Tree #20 is part of larger series of trees and botanicals in which the photographer celebrates the sculptural forms of nature, rendering the ephemeral lasting classics.
The Process: The portraits of the Tree collection were photographed using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century, when the art of photography was in its infancy. Working with a large format wooden camera, an 1870’s brass lens, and portable darkroom, glass plates are hand-coated with a blend of collodion and light sensitive salts to produce one of a kind images. Each step of the process has a life of its own. There are no light meters to guide in exposure. Temperature and humidity play a role, and the UV light sensitivity renders different then what the naked eye can see. With so many factors inherent to its unique characteristics, no two plates are ever alike.
Framed: Add $250 for 17x22" size, please contact us re. other sizes and pricing.
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