For five years I have been on the quest to find and acquire some old photos. Not just any old photos, but rather a specific type; Glass Plate Negatives. Today that quest has been completed. I have acquired over sixty glass plate negative from the 1890s to 1920s. Below is a sample that I scanned on my multi-purpose printer. It isn't the best resolution or quality, but is just a sample of what I am going to be working on for the next year as an art project.
How many of the plates I have is not known yet. I know it is over sixty, but I don't know the exact quantity. I have looked at nearly all of the negatives plates; one at a time. It was a painstaking process, one that my lovely and understanding wife endured with me, which helped make it so rewarding. The plates include numerous photographs of people, landscapes, agriculture and farm house structures.
Now becomes the long process of designing my project, which is being kept a secret on purpose, with my goal of getting my project shown in a local gallery, as well as on display in the 2013 state fair photography exhibit. My project is somewhat grand in scale, scope and design, but the end result should be spectacular and worth the effort and wait. I am not going to be taking shortcuts or settling on subpar results. I want this to be exactly what I envision and for that I will take all of the time I need to take to achieve this.
So here I sit, content in taking the first and itching to take the next tomorrow. Here is a salute to collaboration, passion, resilience and to the fulfillment of one dream and the start of another.