Griet Van Malderen also creates spectacular series using the wet-collodion process.
The collodion process is an early photographic process created in 1851 by an Englishman named Frederick Scott Archer. This process involves mixing soluble iodide and a solution of collodion and coating a glass plate with the mixture. The plate is then immersed in a solution of silver nitrate to form silver iodide and exposed in the camera whilst still wet. This technique obtains images with astonishing detail and a very wide tonal range. Such quality remains practically impossible to replicate with modern processes.
This gives the photographs a timeless, nostalgic quality and, depending on the exposure and the light, makes the subject appear alive.
Two unique framed series of this type of print are currently available for sale, twelve plates per series.
The first, entitled Primates Portfolio Number 1, consists of twelve 50 cm x 50 cm prints of gorilla portraits taken during the photographer’s travels in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest.
The second of the same size is a set of twelve photographs of Tim, framed in a 60 cm x 60 cm format, a mythical elephant from Amboseli Park, Kenya, who naturally died in February 2020.
BACK TO COLLODIONS
From 6 to 28 September 2021, animal photography was on display in the prestigious Guy Pieters gallery on the Knokke Le Zoute. The exhibition was exclusively devoted to collodion prints by Griet Van Malderen, animals and for the first time Ethiopian portraits.