It is hard to believe that a year ago we were enjoying the beautiful city of Merida in the Yucatan of Mexico participating in a fascinating and rewarding dry plate collodion workshop through the George Eastman House.
I would encourage anybody who is interested in alternative photographic processes to explore the workshops offered by this first class institution. The workshops taught by Mark Osterman are fun and user friendly. Participants are provided with the knowledge and step by step instructions to actually replicate the processes after the class work is concluded.
Part of the extraordinary experience with the Merida dry plate workshop involved the opportunity to make images at the Mayan Ruins of Dzibilchaltun and Uxmal. We were among the first group of photographers afforded the privilege or making collodion images at Uxmal since Désiré Charnay in the 1860’s. Some of Charnay’s images can be seen at the Getty Museum.
We had a wonderful time, met some great people, and came home with six 8 x 10 negatives each to make contact salt prints or albumen prints. I was truly amazed by the size of the community at Uxmal and the sophistication of the Mayan people
What better way to spend ten days in February! We learned a new craft, explored a charming city, visited archeological treasures, ate good food and sipped some lovely wine. A+ all around!