Jessica on the couch v1 – Ambrotype


Jessica on the couch, v1 A

Ambrotype (collodion on glass)

Dimensions: 18×24 cm (7.1×9.5 in)

Year created: 2022

Original edition

Product image colors and contrasts may differ to original art piece due to screen calibration


Wetplate collodion picture of Jessica, from the project ‘This is Jessica’

The ‘couch’ series

Jessica on the couch is a series of photos taken with the wetplate collodion process. They include also some negatives made both on collodion and on graphic film, for to make alternative process prints at a later time.

The series consist of several shots taken in both portrait and landscape orientation. Some plates perform veil (or fogginess) due to very old silver bath. Nevertheless we decided to keep them because of their allure.

This is Jessica project

This is Jessica’ is a title and also an invitation to get introduced to her, because she’s not a professional model. This is her first time ever on a photographic set. This work wants to be an hommage to such a daring girl who has discovered a new herself in front of a lens.

‘This is Jessica’ begins with wet plate collodion photographs. Wherever possible we take two or more shots, so some sets are presented in more options, since every taking is an original. Some plates are converted in negatives so we can offer prints with alternative printing processes such as cyanotypes, Van Dyke brown, salted paper and so on. Check the next galleries.

Ambrotypes are unique works of art

Wet plate collodion ambrotypes are unique and original pieces, because copying, reproduction of print is impossible. If another picture is wanted, it must be reshoot again on a brand new wet plate. Therefore you are purchasing a unique, original plate. More plates may be produced with this subject but they will result in different looks, hence different pieces, even if the subject is the same.

Brightness of an ambrotype

Ambrotypes do not perform the same brightness as a normal print, so they require a spot light to be shown at best. Consider also the varnish provides a glossy finish. The other pictures added to this gallery should provide a look on how an ambrotype may appear when showcased in a low lit ambient, when a light is cast direct to it and how much reflective its surface is.

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Floating frame

The work of art maybe showcased as mounted on an original frame of my own concept, called ‘floating frame‘. Such a framing holds the plate at a distance from the back of the frame. The plate is kept in position by 8 L-type brass-coated hooks for large plates (4 hooks in the pics as per early versions) and only 4 hooks for smaller plates. The frame is made of raw wood and it is painted in black.

Frame is for description only, It is not included in this product sale. You can find it in a separate section of this Shop.

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Selling and shipping details

Ships in a box, worldwide. This work of art is sold without the frame. The price is for plate only. The frame is available for sale and it is listed on this website shop.

Copyright and trademark

All photos on this website are copyrighted © Michele Pero/Jessica, all rights are reserved, copying and/or downloading is forbidden.
The watermark on the images is for digital protection purpose only. The original piece comes without watermark. Ambrotypes are not marked nor sealed nor signed for not ruin their integrity.

Additional information

Weight2 kg
Dimensions18 × 24 × 0,2 cm