Few weeks back, I was visited by a daguerrean practitioner, Wojciech Witulski. He is pretty much under the radar as he does not bother to have any social media account, and quite an eccentric character as well, plus he’s friendly chap.

Me with Wojciech Witulski, and his still life plate of 10"x12" dag plate (see below).
Me with Wojciech Witulski, and his still life plate of 10″x12″ dag plate (see below).

Both of us sat for few hours and chat away on and on about how to tackle daguerreotypes, both exchanged ideas and thoughts on how to approach better ways in exposing, developing, and handling the chemistries. Most of it were of what we knew from doing, and I have to admit, for most of my opinions, were of what I have read from Daguerrean journals, online forums and dialogue exchange between dag members (CDags, FB, etc.).

Though what linked us was that he found me out from Christopher Brenton West, whom both of us had the pleasure to be introduced to the world of daguerreotype as workshop pupil. And what was quite exciting was he is just city-neighbour away from me from Tavistock.

Exchange of ideas and chats on how to work in the field for dag. It was nice to have someone to talk to on same interest on 19th Century Photo process.
Exchange of ideas and sharing dag plates, we had long chats on how to work in the field for dag. It was nice to have someone to talk to of our interest on 19th Century Photo process.

He worked exclusively with Becquerel Daguerreotype, which it had shown quite impressive determination of re-working again and again til he gets the results he wanted. As he works with large format dag plates (10″ x 12″), this is quite a feat. He kindly brought his plate to share with me, which it was a delightful sight.

Wojciech's 10" x 12" Becquerel Dag plate. To be honest this digital snapshot image does not do justice as the tones were deeper and it was more information in the mid-tones and shadows. A fantastic plate.
Wojciech’s 10″ x 12″ Becquerel Dag plate. To be honest this digital snapshot image does not do justice as the tones were deeper and it was more information in the mid-tones and shadows. A fantastic plate.

I could tell we will work together soon, going outdoors for sessions of landscape image-makings in near future, once I sorted out my thesis submission first!

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