Wet Plate Portraits by Dan Carrillo

i did a little dance in my chair when i discovered the Wet Plate Collodion Portraits by Daniel Carrillo. Dan is a photographer and printmaker from Seattle who has taken close to 100 portraits of people in the Seattle area arts community using the wet collodion method – a photographic process which was invented in the mid 19th century. be sure to watch Patrick Wright’s video below to see Dan talking about the project and explaining the process behind these amazing photographs. check out Dan’s Flickr stream and also visit his blog.

all photographs by Daniel Carrillo


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14 Responses to Wet Plate Portraits by Dan Carrillo

  1. Ting Monday 11 July, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    these are so gorgeous. I gasped.

  2. DENISE. Monday 11 July, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Big fat dose of inspiration this morning, thank you! I’ve always wanted to learn this process. I’m just too lazy.

  3. Joy Monday 11 July, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    These are absolutely spell-binding and amazing. It’s amazing that you always find such gorgeous things.

  4. sally Monday 11 July, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    dang. I wish he could photograph me! haha. what a magical way to capture the impression of someone’s soul.

  5. kate Tuesday 12 July, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    these are amazing! i did a double take when i realized that they were not old.

  6. Natasha Tuesday 12 July, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    These are so great! I’m actually from Seattle and I recognized a lot of people I know while looking through his amazing photos.

  7. kate Tuesday 12 July, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    It’s funny, two of my friends from Seattle have had their beautiful portraits taken by him and have the photos as their facebook profile pics and they both don’t know each other. Such a small world.

  8. Curious Constellation Tuesday 12 July, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Wow, wow, wow. I’m in awe. I definitely need to try my hand at this.

  9. Chuck Tuesday 12 July, 2011 at 7:18 pm #


    I can’t believe how beautiful these are. Shocked.

  10. sage Tuesday 12 July, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    I’m in love!
    I had to come back a couple times to look at these, they’re really amazing! Thank you for turning me on to them.

  11. Ismay Tuesday 12 July, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    woah. something about the fifth one down makes my heart skip, it’s beautiful, they all are really

  12. shaun Saturday 16 July, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    i notice “film photography” in your tags- it should be noted that there is no film involved here at all. what you are looking at is light etched directly onto glass plates!

  13. Mandy Sunday 24 July, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    They’re so beautiful. You’re the queen of discovery!

  14. Neves Purificaçao Rodrigues Friday 9 September, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    these are pretty amazing.
    the big shot with the sepia film gives a similar effect but the dept of field is very high and the feel is very different.


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