Silviya Deshkova
Silviya DeshkovaAlexander ManchevYoanna LaguYoana KaludovaVanessa LouKaloyan BogdanovIvan BogdanovLilyana Karadjova (self-portrait)

Levels of Transperancy

Wet plate collodion, tintype, 13х18 sm


There are too many questions about photographic transparency that go beyond formal analysis. How do we experience the transparency of the photographic medium? What it is like to stare at transparency? Are all of us capable of seeing transparency or many observers just note that pictures look “realistic”? Is it the realism of the image in relation to human perception or the realism of the image in relation to camera obscura phenomena? Does large format camera and silver emulsion increase the transparency and penetrates the person in frame in a specific way?

Collodion process is extremely delicate, the unavoidable defects are part of its specifics and show the unique character of each photo. The suggestion of emergence and immersion of the image are very essential for the process, the image seems as if moving in a thick layer of emulsion. Inspired by these essentials “Levels of Transparency” are divided in two parts – the initial plates present classical portraits with insignificant or small imperfections and the secondary plates present portraits “disturbed” with intentional chemical interventions, stopping the emergence or transforming the image.