Big Lonely Doug, Print on watercolour paper from scan of wet collodion glass negative, 20”x24”, 2021
Victoria based photographer Ken Miner, has been working with the wet collodion photographic method since 2012. Originally, Ken worked as a commercial photographer in Winnipeg in the mid 90s - the days of film and darkroom processing, and through the digital revolution in the early 2000s. Ken longed to return to his photographic roots and the tactile process of handmade photography. After taking a wet plate photography workshop with Jody Ake, Ken immersed himself in this historic process, finding what, for him, had been missing in digital photography. Ken’s wet plate work has been displayed in the Sooke Fine Art Show on three occasions, winning best photography in 2013. Ken also produced the book Of Land & Sea - Portraits of Coastal British Columbia Farmers, Fishers, and Harvesters, along with two solo gallery shows of the original glass plates supporting the book. Through his work in the wet collodion process, Ken aims to create compelling images that provide the unique narrative of this antique method.