Enchanting and Surreal Wet Plate Collodion Photography by Alex Timmermans


From portraits to surreal scenes that feel as if they were pulled out of some long-lost storybook, the wet plate collodion photography of Alex Timmermans is unlike any we’ve seen or featured before.

Many wet plate photographers prefer to work from their studios, where they have more control over the exposure they are so painstakingly creating, but time and again we’ve seen that some of the most spectacular results come from taking these age-old processes out into the world where their cumbersome nature goes against every trend in photography today.

We saw this earlier in the week with the week when we featured the wet plate street photography of Jonathan Keys, and we see it again today with the wonderfully surreal work of self-taught Dutch photographer Alex Timmermans:














This behind the scenes photo shows Timmermans at work in the woods, photographing his daughter. A brief glimpse into the hour-long process of creating a single plate:


As you might imagine, given his chosen medium, Timmermans doesn’t really care for digital photography. Speaking of the transition from film to digital, he says, “everything became more predictable… too predictable.”

By comparison, wet plate collodion photography is the antithesis to ‘predictability.’ Little twists of fate, chemistry and even weather often lead to surprising results, and this element of serendipity delights Timmermans as much today as it did the first time he took a wet plate photograph.

To learn more about the man or look through the rest of his captivating collodion portfolio, head over to his website by clicking here.

(via My Modern Met)

About the author: Photographs by Alex Timmermans and used with permission

  • Sid Ceaser

    This might be the greatest thing you’ve ever posted. I’m an instant fan. Holy crap.

  • mthouston

    Beautiful work..Mr. Timmermans. Thanks for the story DL.

  • Omar Salgado

    It is not the medium what creates a work of art.

    I like his work.

  • JustFedUp86


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  • dragonfist

    Mr. Timmermans is a master for sure. I also suspect from looking at the photos that he has at times a penchant for humor and a love of the absurd.

  • Gib

    Glorious work. I agree with his feelings about digital – it gets so boring.

  • Eden Wong

    Absolutely fabulous. Thanks!

  • reillynicolas

    Diane responded I didn’t even know that anyone can profit $5619 in one month
    on the computer . why not look here

    •?((¯°·._.• •._.·°¯)


  • Filip Wesołowski

    Rodney Smith + Wet Plate Collodion

  • Raymond Larose

    Completely agree Sid. This is awesome. I think I need to see you doing this now in your studio!

  • Trevor Dennis

    I am no fan of art for art’s sake, but I _love_ these pictures. It’s a job to pick out a favourite as they are all so good, but the wild boar with the motion blurred chain, and the wading Butler took eaqual first place for me. But what does the wet plate process contribute to the look of the images?

  • LucySinclairsyk

    Josiah .
    although Jacqueline `s stori is surprising, last week I bought themselves a
    Chrysler from having made $5060 thiss month and-in excess of, 10/k last-month .
    it’s realy the easiest-work I have ever done . I started this 4 months ago and
    pretty much straight away was bringin in at least $78 per-hour . why not look
    here C­a­s­h­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

  • Jeremiah True

    The tone and dynamic range of the image as well as the grain structure (not visible here)