I am a visual person. So, when I peruse through Facebook, my usual path is to check out pictures from my friend’s list. The other day I came across a professionally taken photo of an acquaintance. It was a striking black and white photo. Striking, because I see my acquaintance as a happy-go-lucky personality type, but in this photo his facial expression is very serious. It’s a bust shot of him, with a blank background and a blank stare directly into the camera. It has a very nostalgic feel to it. I immediately fell in love with the style of photography.
Keliy Anderson-Staley uses wooden view cameras and original 19th-Century brass lenses. She develops her photography using a wet plate process that requires precisely mixed homemade chemistry: collodion, silver bath, fixer, and varnish. All processes used in original photography processes used in the mid 19th century.