About week late in posting of this event, the UK Collodion weekend (2015) was arranged by Tony Richards which placed most of the wet platers down in South Wales (well, still north from where I am). Placed in Llanthony Priory, a beautiful location of chapel ruins which carries alot of historical functions (as usual first quick reference glimpse could be found in wikipedia here).

The weekend were blessed with bright sun, which was a rare treat as it always being purged with cold air and mild rain. Then again, such blazing unclouded day usually ruble much trouble with most of our plating efforts as fogging issues seems to plague most of us. Though, most of the platers here were experienced folks, which they had ways in dealing with it (one of it were chilling out in the shades… lol).

Second day were cloudy, which were quite favourable for all of us as the humidity and heat didn’t affect our chemistries.

The view of the Llanthony Priory from the field
The view of the Llanthony Priory from the field
The corner of the Priory
The corner of the Priory
The first day. Troubled plate, yet interesting gathering of group in the premise doing their
The first day. Troubled plate, yet interesting gathering of group in the premise doing their “soul-searching” (had to eavesdrop just being nosey)
Portrait done of my wife, Anis and our daughter, Amelie within the ruins
Portrait done of my wife, Anis and our daughter, Amelie within the ruins
Portrait of Gerald Figal sitting for Michal, with image of Alan (if I am not mistaken) taking a photo with his phone. A triple whammy of shooting the shooter's shooter!. Though as usual, darkslide was not fully opened, and usual developer's fog...
Portrait of Gerald Figal sitting for Michal, with image of Alan (if I am not mistaken) taking a photo with his phone. A triple whammy of shooting the shooter’s shooter!. Though as usual, darkslide was not fully opened, and usual developer’s fog…
The rest of the plates were bogged down by this sort of fog. Hardly managed to clear most of them with damp cotton without leaving some sort of mark.
The rest of the plates were bogged down by this sort of fog and various trouble of partial collodion being wet from dunking in too soon into the silver bath. Hardly managed to clear most of them with damp cotton without leaving some sort of mark.

Most of the coverage of the UKCW 2015 could be read over at Tony’s blog post here:

http://fourtoes.co.uk/iblog/?p=9603

And another by Yvette Bessel:

http://yvettebessels.com/wet-plate-collodion-weekend-2015-llanthony-priory-wales/

Wished I could join in on camping, but being blessed with another coming child, we could not resort to rough hard grounds.

Though it was a joy being with other like-minded folks. Otherwise it still is a lonely journey. I realised most of the practitioners are quite apt in explaining the processes to other passing folks. Wished I could re-direct such passion into introducing this lovely craft, but so many things to learn, re-learn in dealing of making the plates.

Another fantastic video bits of it done by Michal as well:

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