Friday, May 29, 2009

A Defining Moment Of Intimacy And Truth

It is easy to grab a digital camera at the size of a stick of gum, and in moments, you could be sharing your photographs to the world.  When Ken Merfeld granted me the honor to showcase some of his work, and I am ecstatic to share with you.  It is easy to talk about his amazing and beautiful work, but I want to emphasize his process is not digital. Ken uses a wet plate collodion process, which is an early photographic process discovered in 1841.  This technique is a chemical process where you transfer an image onto glass, then used as a negative for duplication process.  

He carefully hand crafted with patience and precision.  The images not only captures the moment of the subject, but the process of development.  The collodian process gives you unpredictable results, yet it can rewarding.  Ken Merfeld says it best, "This amazing process is simple, yet complex; beautiful, yet imperfect; classic yet timeless; universal yet individual."

Note: These photographs are copyrighted by Ken Merfeld, and he granted Monzuki permission for usage only. This goes for any other artwork and images posted on Monzuki.