My work in wetplate collodion portraiture is a modern interpretation of an antiquated method. The process is a tool that is uniquely suited to dynamic interpersonal relationships, and the resulting visual aesthetic is inherently beautiful. It is one of the first analog silver photographic processes that dates back to the late 1800's. The body of work in portraiture was made using a large format camera, and the resulting reproductions are directly scanned or photographed from the positive original. The original images vary in size from 4x5 inches to 24x28 inches, and in large part are made on blackened aluminum as a substrate. I am interested in the deliberate nature of the process, the opportunity to use it as a way to investigate the dynamics of social interaction, and see every image as a chance to make an impression not only on those involved in making the image but all of those who will see it.
Jason is a freelance photographer and artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. The primary method in which he works is wetplate collodion, which is an antiquated method that dates back to the late 1800's. These images are made using a large format camera and a hand made photographic emulsion which needs to be processed on site. The images are one of a kind, and are positive images from the camera at the time the image is made.
He also frequently works with digital cameras photographing food, architecture, and design spaces for a variety of US based clients.
His wetplate work has been featured in the Heinz Endowments' "H" magazine, Camera 9, and Rustbelt Almanac. He was a feature speaker at the Heinz History Center in 2013 for their 'Frozen in Time' exhibit, which was a documentary effort about Pennsylvania's involvement in the Civil War.