In Focus: Justin Borucki's Wet Plate Street Photography

Watch as photographer Justin Borucki takes to the busy streets of Chinatown with a stash of chemicals, a portable darkroom and a stack of hand-cut glass plates to freeze a moment in time.

Borucki has spent the last year and a half setting up on the streets of the city and using the slow, methodical wet plate collodion process to capture the “old, decrepit and beautiful” New York he remembers from his childhood.

Check out the full story at American Photo

 

       
     
Clutch: Behind The Scenes On The Wet Plate Shoot | Classic Rock Magazine

"It's like standing very still, then receiving a blast of radiation" - Clutch's Neil Fallon

The current issue of Classic Rock contains a feature on Maryland rock’n’rollers Clutch. It's headlined by a striking series of portraits from New York photographer Justin Borucki, who used a 19th Century process called 'collodion wet plate' to develop the shots. Armed with an ancient wooden camera, some chemicals, a portable darkroom and a pile of hand-cut glass plates, Borucki shoots and develops on location, producing photographs that are distinctive and full of character.

"Doing this kind of photography has definitely changed my approach to picture taking because of how labour intensive it is," says Borucki. "Like when I'm working on my street project, I'm gonna be damn sure that the shot us going to be awesome before I pull out all the equipment. If I'm working will artists, band or celebrities, you have to warn them what's coming... you don't want to scare them away!"

 

       
     
Justin Borucki Wet Plates the Unofficial Mayor of Coney Island

Back in June we did a piece on Justin Borucki while stalking him at the Metuchen street fair, it was cool, but that was just scratching the surface of what his tintypes are all about. We linked up with him recently as he was shooting Dick Zigun, the unofficial Mayor of Coney Island.