Bill Vaughn/Dr. Collodion, is stepping back in time over a hundred years in his current photographic exploration. While everyone else is clamoring for the latest digital technology to make pictures, he is seeking out vintage cameras, brass lenses and photographic equipment from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. Interested in photography from an early age, he has explored numerous cameras from 35mm to the ultra large format 11×14 film. After following the masses down the digital road, in 2008 he returned to film finding the analog processes to be more personally rewarding. In addition to the process of capturing a photograph on film, he enjoys producing prints using numerous alternative printing processes such as Carbon Transfer, Cyanotype and Van Dyke.
While shooting products, portraits, events and architectural projects for numerous entities in the southeastern US, he spent 2 years as a freelance photographer for a wire service, photographing professional sports such as NFL, MLB, Indy Car, Formula 1, USA Soccer and NASCAR. His dream, and that of every part time photographer, was realized when multiple images were published in Sports Illustrated, SI Kids and numerous other magazines.
In 2012, driven by a fascination for the look of wet plate photographs of the late 19th century, he began mixing his own chemicals and pouring his “film” making tintype and ambrotype plates. Utilizing vintage cameras and lenses, Bill is currently focused on the production of portraits and still life plates utilizing the wet collodion process. A slow and methodical process, collodion was thought to be a lost art just 10 years ago. Relative to modern photography, you could believe it is still lost as there are probably less than 1000 artists worldwide regularly producing collodion photographs.