Sunday, August 26, 2012

THE LAST STAND OF THE FREJ - Wet Plate Collodion Photographs by Matthew Kovacs


My buddy Matthew Kovacs is amazing. Having traveled the world as a photographer for Triple J and Lonely Planet, he is now back in Melbourne in a make-shift backyard darkroom pumping out some of the most beautiful photos you'll ever see in preparation for his upcoming solo show at Bower Gallery, The Last Stand of the Frej.
I spent yesterday morning with Kovacs at his house in Richmond helping him put together one of the last pieces for his show - a portrait of me doing what I love best - drawing. Kovacs photographed me working on this same drawing at home a while back and he wanted to try shooting another version, this time photographed on ruby glass.
I followed him around like an eager assistant, having no idea what I was doing as I tried to keep up with the mixing of chemicals, trying to remember what would burn my skin and what would be ok to breath in, how many minutes in the darkroom, how many minutes we had to shoot before the wet plate started to dry etc. It was amazing watching Kovacs work in his superbly organised, urgent manner, and lots of smiles were had as we finally got to watch the picture of me he had carefully planned emerge from the ruby glass under a running tap, revealing me in his perfect depth of field and composition. I am so stoked to be in this show.  
The Last Stand of the Frej opens on the 6th of September 2012, from 6.pm until 9pm. The show runs until the 23rd of September at Bower Gallery: 31 Glen Eira Rd Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia xxx