Murex shell 2nd series v2 – Ambrotype


Murex shell 2nd series v2, ref. n. A-3-1-2022

Ambrotype (collodion on glass)

Dimensions: sharply 30×40 cm (11.8×15.75 in)

Year created: 2022

Original edition

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


This image is part of the ‘Bones ambrotypes‘ project. This photograph is an ambrotype. It is made using the ancient technique of the wet plate collodion. After development, the image is evident on the glass plate. Such a plate is now coated with clear glossy, museum-grade acrylic varnish to protect the image from pollutants and scratches. The glass is then painted in black to the back. In this way the image can be seen as a positive against a black background, typical of an ambrotype.

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 is 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 (4 hooks in the pics as per early versions). 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.


Plate size is image size, it is sharply 30×40 cm (11.8×15.75 in).

Selling and shipping details

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.

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Ships in a box, worldwide.


Additional information

Dimensions30 × 40 × 0,2 cm