My friend Fernando, was the first person who told me about Bodie State Park and how it is an actual "ghost town" years ago after mentioning another wet plate photographer that went there. After a quick google search, I made up my mind that I wanted to go there. That was 4 years ago.
After my experience earlier this year with going to Monterey and learning more about taking photography in State Parks, I took a lot of time to think of the spots I wanted to go in Bodie and the surrounding areas because it is quite far from San Diego. At the end of August I took the first step of contacting the Bodie Foundation and asked questions about what facts I needed to know about taking photography and if there were any permits to acquired. The short answer was yes. After filling out forms and emails and phone calls I got my date reserved.
During my time in college, it wasn't really taught how to go about getting permits for photography. So I was glad to go through the process of phone calls and emails with the state park rangers.
Please enjoy this picture gallery of the tintypes I was able to make
2018 is THE year.
The year that I finally set forth and start building up my landscape portfolio using the Wet Plate Collodion process. Last year (2017) I attended the Photographers Rendezvous group up in King City, CA and while on this trip we took time aside to travel to Monterey. All growing up I heard a small story of how my parents met, which was at the Post Naval Graduate School located in Monterey. We drove around to the different spots they knew and I even got to see the apartments the both lived at while attending school. I also fell in love with the beauty of the area there and especially the weather! Over cast in the morning and also at the end of the day! Perfect for wet plate collodion.
I was really bummed that we didn't have the time to do some plates, so we all came up with a plan to return next year prepared and with a new portable darkroom, one that would fit in back of the car.
Catherine Segura is a Millennial Slacker working her way to being full time Wet Plate Photographer, she occasionally picks up a DSLR camera.