This weekend Wendell Decker, the 19th Century wet-plate collodion artist, will be transporting people back in time through the photographic medium during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Selma Civil War reenactment in Selma, Ala. Decker, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, uses a photographic process invented 160 years ago to capture images that appear as if they were made during that time. With today's instant digital push-of-a button cameras, the collodian process does not compare. Skill is required. The skills of an artist, scientist and psychologist are required to make an image that looks as if it were made a century and half ago. And Decker excels. In 2011 I made a few pictures as the artist struck an image of the actress and film director Whitney Hamilton at the Tannehill State Park. Enjoy those photos in a slideshow below.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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