Eric Overton | New Western Lanscapes

This film offers a behind the scenes look of artist Eric Overton as he photographs using an anachronistic process to photograph the American West.

"I arrived in Yosemite with the intention of photographing for five straight days. The first day when my assistant and I arrived, the weather was cold and very wet; this was the first day of spring. Visibility was minimal and the rain was heavy but intermittent, preventing me from taking advantage of my earlier than planned arrival. The second day was incredible. The morning clouds were hanging low, Yosemite was fresh, the land was reborn and conditions were ideal for any photographer. The temperature was about 36 degrees Fahrenheit in the morning, and peaked in the high 40's.

I worked all day with excitement mixed with frustration as I was only able to produce one image.

The rate limiting step I believe was my developer solution. Temperature of the chemistry is crucial and one must titrate with either restrainer (acetic acid) or alcohol depending on the fluctuation of the temperature. Toward the end of the day I was able to find the correct ratio of developer, and the wet plate process was rendered functional. During hours of frustration photographing using this archaic method without producing anything of consequence I asked myself an important question: why do this? The answer to that is question is always clear as day when the right image emerges after so much toil. Yosemite #2 from the Tunnel View is the result from this day. I can’t imagine a better reward than a plate like this."

View more of Overton's work HERE