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More Wet-Plate Collodion

So, I am still pretty new to wet-plate collodion. But, I certainly am addicted. An Aristo cold light head was recently donated to the university. I had not seen one of these in a long time. One of my professors in grad school owned one, but I had never used one. It took me a while to figure out how to use it, but after some online research and picking some of my colleagues brains, I think I figured it out! I printed a few large format negatives first and I was immediately hooked on this enlarger. It prints so much more evenly than any other enlargers I have ever used! I decided to do some experimenting with using the enlarger as an exposure source for wet plates. I used old color positive slides I made in graduate school to make the exposures. I was pleasantly surprised. Most of these wet plates in this post (minus the shopping cart) are exposed from 35mm positive slides. I plan on making some in the future using medium format positive film 🙂

Kathleen + Chris | Marion, SC | Wildberry Farm

Wow, it has been a long time since I have posted pictures from a photo session. So, this one is a pleasure for so many reasons. It’s a pleasure not only because I have been wanting/needing/intending to do this for a long time, but also because I get to introduce you to Kathleen and Chris. I met Kathleen a little over 4 years ago. She and her Mom came into my office at FMU to learn about the photo program. They were both so energetic and Kathleen’s excitement about photography made me excited about being a teacher. She is an incredibly talented photographer, you know, one of those people that just have a gift for something. I am really stumped as to what to say because I have so much to say I don’t even know where to begin. Kathleen graduated in December of 2016 and I was so sad to see her go, yet happy at the thought of seeing what she will do in life. Any which way she goes, I know that others will be touched by what she does. I also got the pleasure of getting to know her lovely family. I have witnessed how giving and caring they are towards others. So, now you know why it is a pleasure to post these pictures. And of course, I got to meet Chris too. They both love Jesus like nobody’s business! If you want to get to know them more, please go check them out: Kathleen and Chris!

Despite the fact that it was the coldest day of the year and it snowed, the wedding was absolutely beautiful! Kathleen comes from a widely talented family and it shows! The cake was made by her sister, Margaret Ann. I have to give a very special shout out to my second shooter Allison Triplett! She is totally awesome!

Okay, so let me tell you. I am horrible at narrowing down images. So, I know I will get some eye rolls on how many pictures I am getting ready to post. But, give me a break, I haven’t done this in a while, and geez, what a beautiful bride!

It’s Been a While….


Okay, it’s been longer than a while. I really don’t want to admit how long it has been since I made a blog post or even posted on social media. I guess it’s pretty obvious how long it has been since you can just look at the date on my last post. But, please, don’t look, it’s embarrassing. I certainly never claim social media and online presence to be anywhere close to an area of “expertise”, but I do realize its value. So, it’s been a while. Why? Many reasons, but I guess my best excuse is I had a baby! Like, a year and a half ago. So, I guess I can’t really use that as an excuse since it was so long ago. But, I can say, it didn’t take me long to realize that I would much rather spend time with her than writing a blog post or posting of Facebook. But, rather than ramble on about that, perhaps I will “try” posting more often. Beyond having a baby and juggling motherhood and work I think I spend a lot of time thinking about what I can possibly post that would interest or inform and help anyone. So, perhaps I will make it a goal to post things that may offer up information that may be of help to someone out there. And, I will also “try” to post some work I have been doing during my absence from “the interwebs.” I promise, I really have been making art and shooting, although now it is easy to feel as though it doesn’t truly happen unless it is on Facebook. Anyway…(I have to at least use the word “anyway” once during a post)…before I get on a rant. Perhaps more pictures…coming soon….

White Marble Fresco Gelatin Image Transfer || Video Tutorial

Yes, it is a long name for a process, but it describes the materials used in the process. I used this process to create a recent body of work, titled Empirical. The works from this series shown on the blog are the images before they were transferred to a piece of cradled wood that had been layered in a gelatin and white marble mix. This video will take you through this process. There are so much more details about the process in the book Digital Alchemy by Bonny Lhotka. So, if you are really interested in this process as well as other image transfer techniques…by her books!!

Happy transferring…

Go to Vimeo if you want to see the video in better detail:


White Gelatin Fresco Image Transfer from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

What I Did This Summer || Part 3: Night Photography in the Eastern Sierras

Last summer I traveled to the Eastern Sierras for a Night Photography workshop with Lance Keimig and Scott Martin. I had such an great experience, that I really wanted to return this summer. So, I wrote a summer research stipend proposal to FMU to go back and was so happy to receive the stipend again. This year we spend one night at Mono Lake, one night at Bodie Ghost Town and the third in Yosemite. It was an advanced workshop focused more on astrophotography. The first night before our shooting with the group began I went to Dechambeau ranch near Lee Vining, CA. To my delight, the Milky Way was a clear as day. This may sound trivial to some of you, but I was so amazed because it was my first time ever seeing the Milky Way with my own two eyes. It was incredible. I think I could have just stared at it all night, but I had to get to work. I was able to do one high ISO shot with the Milky Way and then I also attempted a star trail. The star trail shot is 4-8min exposures stacked together using Photoshop. Once again, I am thankful for all that I learned from these guys and I was astounded at the their knowledge on the subject as well as their knowledge on post-process. Here are a few from the trip. I still need lots of practice, so I was so grateful for what I learned!!! If you are interested in a Night Photography workshop I highly recommend checking out the workshops taught by Lance Keimig and Scott Martin. Click HERE for more info!

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