Photographer inspired by old technique


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  • Monday, 09 Mar 2015

New look at old process: Hanson (right) explaining his work to Asia Camera Museum founder Lee Keng Soon at the ‘Portrait and Reflection - A Wet Plate Collodion Photography Exhibition’ at Canon Image Square in Burmah Road.

PHOTOGRAPHER Doug Hanson is opening eyes with his ‘Portrait and Reflection – A Wet Plate Collodion Photography Exhibition’ at Canon Image Square in Burmah Road, George Town, Penang.

His collection of photographic images, captured on metal plates using the 1850s Wet Plate Collodion process, has inspired photography enthusiasts.

Hanson, an engineer by profession, said it brought him great excitement when he discovered the old process of wet plate photography.

“I knew I had found the perfect combination of art and science,” he told guests during the launching of his exhibition organised by Asia Camera Museum and co-organised by Canon Image Square.

“All images required a handmade and laborious process, resulting in depictions reminiscent of a past time.

“The hands-on and handcrafted nature of alternative photographic processes appeals to me greatly.

“It affords me the type of freedom I seek for artistic and creative expression.

“My subjects are contemporary themes of personal reflection rendered in this old process.

“It marks the image as slightly out of place in time, giving rise to new thoughts on current themes.”

The exhibition from 11am to 6pm at 10, Burmah Road ends today.

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