The Light Farm

A Cooperative of Photographers — Artists, Scientists, Historians —
Dedicated to the Renaissance of Handcrafted Silver Gelatin Emulsions
An Evolving Body of Knowledge
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March 27, 2016

Part 1 pdf : Chapters I-VI. Read here.

Part 2 pdf (VII-XIV) in progress.  Latest addition: Chapter XI, pages 192-201 (pdf pages 201-210).  Read here.

Watch this space for regular chapter additions.

February 20, 2016

      Greetings dear friends. Difficult as it might be to believe, I'm finally ready to commit to getting a few of my favorite books scanned and posted! How long have I been promising a few of you? Rather than spend my extra time writing, I've decided to put scanning on my schedule. It should fit in well with my summer work and play schedule.

     I've set myself a realistic goal — one chapter or so every day or two, starting with the introduction and first chapter of my favorite, couldn't-live-without book: Photographic Emulsion Technique, by T. Thorne Baker, 1941.

      I promise you that reading the classics is invaluable to learning how to make emulsions. Let the cadence of the language and philosophy of diligent and persistent work flow through you like poetry.

      Watch this space for regular chapter additions. Read here.

September 14, 2015

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August 31, 2015

The book is finished!

It's hard to believe that my last posting was last October. It was a few days before Halloween and then it was Thanksgiving and then Christmas. On January 1, I started writing a book on emulsion making. I fully expected it was going to be done by spring. Let's just say I underestimated! But, it is finished and give or take printing time, it will be ready in a week or two. I'll have more about it then.

But now, I could not be more pleased to present the work of a new contributor — Pierre Van de Vliert. Pierre is a dry plate artist. I can do no better than let him take it from here. Welcome, Pierre!

August 31, 2015

I Make Photographs — Pierre Van de Vliert

About a year ago I had realized that photography no longer gave me the satisfaction it used to give.  Read More

October 26, 2014

Yashica-44 and 127 format film

There will be a new chapter on cameras in the 2nd edition. This is the first installment.  The Yashica-44 is a great, fun little camera.  More Here >

October 22, 2014

Dry Plate, p.2 — More Possibilities

This is a contact print of the same 4"x5" plate on paper emulsion-coated 'Yupo' synthetic watercolor paper. Yupo is wonderful stuff and I highly recommend a tablet of it in your "toolbox". Continued >

October 19, 2014

Dry Plate, p.1 — Possibilities

Dry Plate Photography is simply photography. The 'plate' part, of course, is the glass plate emulsion support but the 'dry' part can be confusing if you aren't up on the minutia of the history of photography. Continued >

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