Alex Timmermans

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“Emrys” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm

Emrys, is a wonderful ‘sitter’. I guess he’s used to it, but he still manages to not overpose, or get bored. This is one of the of 20 plates that he posed for that day. He held track of it and aimed for a (new) world record!

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“Laguiole, FaceBook, tequila and me” tintype 13 x 18 cm


Gold toned albumen print of wet plate negative by the wonderful Borut Peterlin

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“Lane” tintype 13 x 18 cm

May 2014
European Collodion Weekend 2014
Again it is time for us all wet plate nerds to gather around the fire (lit with collodion of course) to have a good in depth conversation about our chemistry, our mistakes and successes. Of course in relationships like these, there is a moment for booze, for frustration and relief (always when the group picture is done). A hello, a hug, a kiss and goodbye again. Until we meet again folks! Thanks!

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“Ron” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm
We, as collodionistic freaks, have (secret) gatherings. Fotografica Fair in Nieuwegein is one of these moments where we meet our fellow lens hunters, collectors and other interesting people (not so secret). Last March we did some demo’s with Alex Timmermans. For that we used Alex’ Dallmeyer 3A to ‘shoot’ some visitors (which were not so many, as it was a perfect Saturday for the first BBQ of the year). This is one of our favorites plates that day. I love the way this plate appears simple & clean but still friendly and soft with a bokeh that makes me drool.

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“Floris” tintype 9 cm x 12 cm


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“Rik Engelgeer” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm


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“Met rood petje” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Zonder rood petje” Brown glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm


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“Peter Paul” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm


Some of the plates we shot at UNSEEN photo fair 2013.

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This was Tintype Studio in full glory. (is that a proper English way to say that we were ‘at our best’?)
Four days of ethousiastic visitors consuming the lovely sight of seeing a plate appear in fixer.  Sometimes even a soft choir of oh’s and ah’s was heared. Made me smile, and work even harder. For the first time we actually felt appreciated for our craftmanship, not only for the results.
Our collaboration with Alex Timmermans was a perfect fit. And where our passion and the photography-loving visitors met, the actual fun in creating and sharing was felt deeply.
Thank you Alex, thank you visitors and thank you UNSEEN for anchoring this great an unexpected experience within.



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Nothing better than the smell of ether in the morning…


tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

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Alex handling Roys XL plate before fixer

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Roy filming his own portrait in fixer.


Manon prefers the smell of varnish over ether… By the way this is a lovely ambrotype we made of Jo Fraser


Manons temporarily spot for varnishing without wind. Although she loves pizza, this time it’s the perfect delivery box for an XL plate

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The result of a beautiful ‘sitter’ a very skilled Collodionist (Alex) with good chemistry and a well varnishing job.


Tintype 13 cm x 18 cm in delivery box.


Although proud, it’s always hard o say goodbye to something you love.


Wrapping freshly varnished portraits at night


Visitors before opening time


Another tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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promotional visual UNSEEN amsterdam 2013.

Tintype Studio x Alex Timmermans


“Specially for UNSEEN we will collaborate with Alex Timmermans, a great collodionist who has mastered this technique as no other.  For 4 days they we’ll join our skills and different angles on wet plate photography.”
What that means… we don’t know yet, but we ‘re gonna have a lot of fun! Hope the weather will be kind for us.

We’re in the UNSEEN festival program, so that means no entrance tickets are needed for where we are located at Westergas. (in front of the Espresso Fabriek)

When? September 26 – 27- 28- 29 from 12.00 – 22.00 (29th from 12.00 -17.00)

Fair & Festival Site

Klönneplein 1
1014 DD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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ECW 2013!
We can’t wait to see everyone again who was there last year in Eindhoven… Let’s make awesome plates and conversate by the campfire untill dawn.

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Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm


“Mercedes engine of  Fokker D-VII”

Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm


“1913 Buick”

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” Nord 1101 ‘Noralpha’s’ second smoking start in 40 years”

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Enjoying Nord 1101 ‘Noralpha’s’ beauty”

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Fokker D-VII

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Wet Plate & Airplanes: the Early Birds!

Who says man can’t fly because we weren’t born with wings?

Thanks tot Peter van Hal, we had the privilige to go to Lelystad where The Early Birds Foundation is situated.

“The Early Birds Foundation aims to preserve the heritage of these and other ‘early birds’ by carefully restoring and rebuilding aircraft and engines. The results of these activities can be seen during airshows and by visiting our working museum.“

All were having some difficulties with exposure (Dutch weather) Alex Timmermans made some nice plates as Peter and Arjen were struggling with some chemical problems. But hey, troubleshooting is half the work and increases your skills.
Also Ferry vd Vliet and Raewyn Dunn were there to enjoy the wet plate process and airplanes.

As Alex beautifully points out on his blog (go see!). It is all about the passion. For both wet plate and aircraft. Passion for pushing limits and crossing boundaries.

I wasn’t there, which I regret, but somehow this craftmanship, the skill and patience for restoring and the love for being up there surrounded with sky, reminded me of some Shakespeare poetry (totally out of context, but whatever):

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go


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black aluminum 2.8 cm x 4 cm tintypes medallions

“Alex at work” black aluminum 9 cm x 12 cm tintype

black aluminum 6 cm x 6 cm tintype


We adjusted an old SLR for the medallion size tintype and a Seagull for the 6 x 6. We love the small ones, although the camera’s are less impressive and we’d like to try ultra format size too one day :)

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While Luther & Peter were making ultra large format ambrotypes and Alex medium size plates (some nice ones of us!), we completed this weekend with the tiny medallion size tintypes. Good weather, nice live music and all in a beautiful garden (with wild strawberries!)

Alex Timmermans has a nice impression on his blog, so check it out, too!

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