Before the end of 2011, I knew I had to get another custom wet-plate collodion camera to add to my collection. Last February, I secured a hand-crafted, 20 x 24 cherry wood collodion camera from Rochester, New York. In December, Sherilyn and I made the trek north again to pick up "The Beast," a custom 40 x 40 collodion wet-plate camera. This one-of-a-kind camera is the only one of its size and design in the United States.
I had seen pictures as the camera was coming together, but didn't really grasp the sheer size of the finished camera. It took four of us — me, my wife Sherilyn, the designer Steve and his wife HA, to load the camera into our trailer.
Steve's wife took all of our rigging and bungee cords and went to work securing "The Beast." After about an hour, she had it tightly secured into the trailer so it wouldn't budge during our 16-hour drive back to Kansas.
We'll be shooting several new collodion wet-plate photography series with "The Beast" this spring. We'll get custom trays, a table tripod and tanks to accompany the new 40 x 40 in its new home at Thomas Gibson Studio. Stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for bonus photographs and updates on what's to come in 2012.
Cheers, TG Thomas Gibson/Thomas Gibson Studio