This was so cool for me. Yesterday I had the honor of being photographed by master photographer Jill Enfield. She uses the same method that was used to take portraits of soldiers back in the civil war. The process is called Wet Collodion, and involves carrying around a portable darkroom. After the photo is taken, Jill instantly uses a special mix of chemicals to develop the photo on a piece of glass.
Recently she’s used this method in a series called The New Immigrants, where she takes portraits of recent immigrants to the United States. She explains: “Using this method to document recent immigrants helps to show that they are no less brave than those who came over on boats 150 years ago.”