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November 5, 2017

Raw Footage from the conversation with NARBE about his superb photo expo at Hossegor. We spend hours watching the works of art, had a “quik” chat with the master, bought the collectors book, got it signed and made a plan to consider this as a warmup for a longer interview about vintage bikes, homegrown tomatoes and the art to turn the blink of an eye into a timeless capture of aloha spirit, heritage & respect.
Taken through the lens of Bernard Testemale, this exceptional collection of portraits is entirely captured on collodion plates, using a complex technique developed over 150 years ago. The stunning silver-black results evoke a flash back to the past and are just as unique as unpredictable. Collodion plates being highly sensitive to UV light and changes of temperature, the difficult and time-consuming process requires a fair deal of patience and passion from both photographer and the person portrayed. The success of laborious working hours can never be guaranteed, yet the slight imperfections and unforeseeable outcome make up the charm of these timeless pieces of art.

“It is a kind of rewind”, says Bernard Testemale. “The collodion plate is going back to the roots of photography.”


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