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Mind-Bending Reflection Portraits Shot Using a Wet Plate Camera


Last week we issued a challenge asking readers to shoot a creative mirror self-portrait using an alternative style of photography. Reader Agustin Barrutia took us up on that challenge, and created a pair of wet plate photographs that take the concept of “mirror self-portrait” to a new level (they’re unlike anything we’ve seen before). Both photographs are straight-out-of-camera wet plate photos that weren’t manipulated digitally. Barrutia simply used “mirrors” (one doesn’t involve a mirror, per se) and “reflections” in clever ways.

The wet plate above is a self-portrait of Barrutia shooting the wet plate. That camera in the frame is the camera that captured the wet plate.

Here’s a wet-plate photograph of a woman holding a mirror. The reflection of the mirror inside that mirror shows a reflection of the camera that shot the wet plate.

You can click either of the two photographs above to see a larger version.

Can you figure out how these mind-bending photographs were captured? Leave a comment with your explanation! (We may update this post with diagrams later.)

Image credits: Photographs by Agustin Barrutia and used with permission