The Whole Plate Photographers' Column is a new mailing list/working discussion group for Whole Plate based on the Googlegroup software (google registration).
Although the LF forum and search engines for enquiring about whole plate photography remain indispensible, as far as I am aware, there is no specific group for new photographers embarking on whole plate imaging or helping one another develop each others' practice in whole plate photography.
The idea for the WPPC sprang up coincidentally with a view to sharing our ideas and resources about contemporary whole plate photography and its practice, namely developing a personal aesthetic for the whole plate format. Some of us are working photographers, making a switch back to the whole plate format for personal work.
In this respect, we hope the WPPC might help each other start off with the basic building blocks (assembling a working whole plate camera), to developing our own whole plate photographic practice with a peer reference.
We have no experience of running a group nor possessing mastery of its software, and the spambots may be too much to bear. So it might be a terrible idea. We're certainly willing to listen as this Column is run as an 'open access' list/discussion group. We thought it worth trialling the Column for interested whole plate photographers, and re-evaluating whether to continue thereafter.
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