Bill Vaughn, a.k.a. Dr. Collodion, is a photographer practicing a once-lost art to create portraits, still life and fine art pieces utilizing the Wet Collodion process. Invented in England in 1851, Wet Plate was the photographic process in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All but forgotten as a technique following the invention of film, collodion photography was resurrected in the 1970’s by a handful of artists using 1850’s manuscripts. These artists, like Dr. Collodion today, were searching for something different ­ a unique look. In a day when anyone can be a photographer with digital technology, wet plate requires an extensive knowledge of the basic principles of photography ­ exposure, depth of field, using light ­ along with a healthy dose of chemistry. Wet Plate photography is a totally handmade process. Each plate is unique, based upon the interaction of the chemistry, the light, and the development process.

It is likely you have never seen the process performed or possibly even seen an ambrotype or tintype in person. Come by Dr. Collodion Studios, Lowe Mill Studio 2047, to see this unique process in action, and to see some of the resulting beauty and truly permanent photographs being created.Email Website (256) 829-8487