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I first joined the forum not long after it began, wanting to know more about the wet collodion process for the novel I was researching. Members of the forum were very helpful - thanks to everyone who responded.  Soon afterwards I did a one-day course in London, taught by Mark and France Scully Osterman, and held at the studio of artist Minnie Weisz.

I'm happy to say that the novel, two years in the making, will be published this week. The Painted Bridge is set in London in 1859 and features an idealistic young photographer inspired by the work of the real-life Dr Hugh Diamond, who made the arresting portraits of patients at the Surrey Asylum in the mid-19th century.

I had more help more recently from forum member Sean McKenna - who very kindly allowed us to use his camera during the filming of a short trailer for the book. We were delighted when Sean said he'd like to make a collodion portrait of the actress, at the end of the shoot. 

This beautiful image was the result.


If anyone's interested, there is more about The Painted Bridge on my website.

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Comment by Wendy Wallace on May 28, 2012 at 14:41

I think so too, glad you like it! Such a fantastic medium. Apologies to Sean MacKenna for misspelling his name.

Comment by JenniferCarnell on May 28, 2012 at 11:13

What a beautiful, atmospheric portrait.

 

 

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