We won’t go into details on how Sev and Melanie managed to get these beautiful antique cameras up three flights of stairs, but the results were amazing. They managed to transform our Vaudeville Theatre into a photographic lab were they displayed this almost forgotten photographic craft.
Welcome to The Loft, please introduce yourself.
De Plaatjesmakers are Melanie and Sevilay. We are two photographers who are using the wetplate collodion technique which was invented in 1851 as our medium. We met each other one year ago in Switzerland. There was an instant connection personally as well as in photography. As we work as a team now, we keep challenging and supporting each other. Which works perfectly for us!
What materials do you usually work with and what did you bring today?
We are using our own mixed chemicals, old antique cameras and we also work with glass and aluminium. Today we brought our newest camera, that is a camera from the early 1900’s. We are going to test new formats and lenses.
Which artist or designer is a source of inspiration for you?
We find inspiration in all kinds of artists like Julia Magret Cameron, Agnes Martin, Frida Kahlo, Joyce Tenneson. Yes, they’re mostly women. We don’t know why, but we like the feminine touch in art.
If you could invent a name for an art movement you belong to, what would it be?
The slow process movement. Everything nowadays is going so fast, we would like everything to be slow.
What kind of work do you usually make and how was it different today?
Normally we make portraits with artificial light. Today we made portraits with natural light. For us that is a big of difference, our chemicals worked differently and the light kept changing all the time. It was a big challenge!
What will you tell your friends about The Loft?
Beautiful inspiring space!
See more of their dreamy pictures at their online portfolio.
All pictures by Myscha Oreo.