Sarah Furseth

I am a photographer in Medicine Hat, AB who specializes in vintage and wet plate collodion photography (WPC). WPC was created in 1851 by Fredrick Scott Archer and was the dominate form of photography until the 1880s. I have come to realize the importance that our past plays on our future. Many people today have grown up around social media, and the internet and we tend to live behind that facade. We have become used to our digital photography, being able to snap a picture in the palm of our hands that we tend to forget the actual technological advancements that photography has made in less than 200 years. My work offers us a glimpse into the past with the beauty of our everyday by showing us our modern life but also showing us how permanent that taking a photograph could be. With WPC there is no editing, no photoshop, no nipping and tucking, your picture is fixed. WPC is created by putting a mixture of collodion, salts, and ether on an aluminum plate, where it is then placed into silver nitrate to sensitize it to the light. Then it is placed within a field camera where it is exposed through the lens for a few seconds. Afterwards it is taken to a dark room where it is developed with ferros sulphate and ammonium thiosulfate where these chemicals wash off the silver nitrate and the salts and reveals the picture that has reacted with the chemicals and light. In hindsight, many people do not know when the first picture was taken, or what other types of photography there were. My work is a dying art form and I am able to give people a chance to see how far we have come in regards to photography and giving us a chance to appreciate it.

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