The Art of the Calotype

Salt_print_St.Martha's_Church_Chilworth‘Making a Calotype is as much a craft as it is a science’ according to my friend Rob Douglas.

Having met Rob some years ago, I’ve enjoyed following his photographic journey. Starting with a digital camera, Rob happily admits that the journey has been unconventional. Nowadays he prefers to capture his images with a large format camera, mounted on a tripod.

William Henry Fox Talbot patented the Calotype process in 1841. After being overtaken by film, then digital technology, the process has made a comeback in recent years. The Calotype is the negative, which is then used to make a positive print.

For more information (and inspiration) visit Rob’s website at you can see more of his images and appreciate the time and skill that have gone into making them.

Rob’s art and craftsmanship have not gone unnoticed. His prints have been featured in group exhibitions in north America, Norway and the UK. And increasingly he’s being asked to demonstrate the process at seminars and conferences.

What do you think? Do ‘traditional’ or ‘alternative’ processes have a place in modern photography? I’m interested to hear your views.





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