A few weeks ago now, I've been travelling in the big south area of Paris for a particular photo shoot.
I went in a lovely small city to meet Zelda l'Azare a young student photographer that I know for a few months now.
Since this time, COPENHAGEN was born and that's why I went there with her to make some photos for this new musical project.
Zelda l'Azare is in her early twenties and is extremely talented.
Her family lives in a lovely cottage, in front of a forest and all of them are in an artistic process:
Her young daughter plans to study in the animation world,
her father is a FANTASTIC metal sculptor/designer (dont miss this link, seriously!!!),
and her mom is a professional photographer.
Just a few words about her mom, as I have space for that.
Her name is Isabelle Marcelli, she has an AMAZING exhibition at the moment in Paris.
If you're there, Don't miss it!!!!!!!
OK, I'm back to that day with Zelda l' Azare and Stephanie.
Originally she proposed me to come for having a portrait of me, done for her studies.
But even if it doesn't looks like, it's hard to find one day off for any side project, and by the biggest hazard I was free, Stephanie was free also and last but not least, Zelda l' Azare was free too!!!
It was a sign to start something altogether.
I was very excited by this (new) meeting as I am a big fan of her photographies and especially when she works with this strange technique: the wet collodion.
Ok, here we go for a small but interesting technical definition of the wet collodion via wikipedia:
" The collodion process is an early photographic process. It was introduced in the 1850s and by the end of that decade it had almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype. During the 1880s the collodion process, in turn, was largely replaced by gelatin dry plates—glass plates with a photographic emulsion of silver halides suspended in gelatin. The dry gelatin emulsion was not only more convenient but could be made much more sensitive, greatly reducing exposure times.
"Collodion process" is usually taken to be synonymous with the "collodion wet plate process", a very inconvenient form which required the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes, necessitating a portabledarkroom for use in the field. Although collodion was normally used in this wet form, the material could also be used in moist ("preserved") or dry form, but at the cost of greatly increased exposure time, making these forms unsuitable for the usual work of most professional photographers—portraiture. Their use was therefore confined to landscape photography and other special applications where minutes-long exposure times were tolerable. "
Now you know! But i didnt know to be honest.
So, we've spent the afternoon in her garage, listening to her knowledge, keeping our eyes wide opened because it was so magic for Stephanie and I !!!!
Here is one of the result:
And before I leave you for today, you have to know that for a photo like that, you dont have to move of any sorts during approximatively 11 seconds!
Now, here are a few photos plus one video taken backstage (in her garage, I mean).
Here they are!!!