A couple of months ago, I was invited by coordinator John Dockery to set up a table at the Photographic Historical Society of New England's annual PHOTOGRAPHICA antique camera show. The show is held outside of Boston, MA, and draws crowds not only from the New England area but from across the country as well.
Exhausting but fun, I met a TON of great people and spent HOURS talking about one of my favorite topics -- dry plate photography! Doesn't get much better than that. I even sold some boxes of plates, and ran out of business cards *much* earlier than expected. If you were one of those who were accommodating enough to simply snap a photo of my last remaining card ... thank you !
I'm so glad to have been able to attend and let folks know about the availability of dry plates. My goal has always been to bring dry plate back as a viable photographic media, putting the plate cameras of the period back into use. I've always felt that the learning curve required for coating glass prevents more widespread interest (such as with the uptick in interest that wet plate has seen). Photography shows like PHOTOGRAPHICA is an important avenue for getting the word out that there's an easier way to get involved in dry plate photography. I'm pretty optimistic about the interest out there, especially after attending the show and meeting all the people who stopped by to chat and satisfy their curiosity!
I'm the guy behind the curtain, Jason Lane, coating plates instead of sleeping.