Alex Timmermans

Bubbles Persiehl 300dpi
Alex Timmermans, "bubbles"

Alex Timmermans

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Alex Timmermans never imagined that a photographic process, which has been invented by Archer more than 160 years ago, was going to have such an influence on his passion for photography.
 Alex Timmermans, born in 1962, is a self-taught photographer with a strong liking for ancient photographic techniques.
He practiced photography throughout his whole life, starting with a Nikormat ftn. 
The change from analog to digital seemed to be a logical step. However, the excitement and magic of films got lost during this change; “everything became more predictable… too predictable”.

Working on the wet plate process made photography inspiring again. 
Being able to use antique camera’s and brass lenses with a glorious photographic history like Dallmeyer, Hermagis and Darlot. 
It is pure because of the possibility to use ‘simple’ chemicals to reproduce amazingly detailed pictures. In this photographic process, coincidences will greatly influence the result. Apart from working with chemicals, these coincidences can be caused by the many different weather conditions as well. In general, shooting a single plate takes about one hour or sometimes even longer. Most of this time is consumed by setting up the lighting, pose and the positioning of the camera. Apart from this, there is no possibility to prepare plates in advance. So — to make just one single picture — you will have to go through the whole process: cleaning the glass, pouring the plate with collodion, sensitize, exposure, developing, washing, fixing, washing it again and finally varnishing. However, seeing the picture changing in the fixer bath — from a negative into a positive — is a magic spectacle which makes it worthwhile to spend so much time and energy on it. Doing this outdoors means you will have to take everything with you, including a mobile darkroom, home-made chemicals etc. A fully loaded wagon.
Collodium photography is not only a kind of photography. It is a passion as well!

Alex has succeeded throughout the years to collect a few original studio cameras with a formats up to 60×60cm. Last year a camera to personal specifications with a plate size of max 24×24inch was made for him. 
Moreover, throughout the years, he has collected a priceless collection of antique lenses. Mainly Petzval type lenses are the lenses he prefers to use. The characteristics of a Petzval lens is that it produces extremely sharp images in the centre and becomes softer going outwards. More information about this fascinating process can be found on Alex’s collodion weblog : www.collodion-art.blogspot.com.

You can’t get any closer to a photographic process itself while working on wet plate photography.

Alex Timmermans, born in 1962, living in Veldhoven, The Netherlands

EXHIBITIONS

2017-2018NF Art Gallery Knokke

2017Pan Art fair Amsterdam

2017Art Gallery Hans Persoon

2017Continuum Gallery Königswinter

2017Biennale Fotografica Museo Bogota

2017BlinplusBlin Gallery Paris

2017Macadam Gallery Brussels

2017For Real Amsterdam

2016PAN Amsterdam

2016Köln Art Fair

2016Art Gallery Hans Persoon

2016La Galerie Blin plus Blin, Montfort L'Amaury

2016Kunstrai Amsterdam

2016ART16 London

2016Continuum Gallery Königswinter

2016Rotterdam contemporary art fair

2016Realisme Art fair Amsterdam

2016Art Palm beach

2015Pan Amsterdam Art fair

2015Galerie Beeld en aambeeld Enschede

2015Galerie Hans Persoon Eersel

2015Photo Shanghai

2015Eduard Planting Gallery Amsterdam

2015Leopold22 gallery Knokke Belgium

2015Kunstrai Amsterdam

2015Paris Photo Los Angeles

2015Art Breda The Netherlands

2015Rotterdam contemporary art fair

2015Realisme Art fair Amsterdam

2015Art Gallery Hans Persoon

2014PAN international art fair Amsterdam

2014FOTOFEVER Paris

2014Voila gallery Los Angeles USA

2014Stroeks Academy Domein Oogenlust

2014Art Gallery Hans Persoon

2013Fotofever Paris

2013Fotofever Brussels

2013Society Shop Netherlands

2012Gallery La Mani

2012Merge photo gallery

2012Art Gallery Hans Persoon

2012Photo gallery Objectief

Storytelling

alex-timmermanns-fruits-de-mer
Fruits de mer, 2016, pigment print, 33 3/4 x 33 3/4 in, edition of 5,  AT/F 1

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hatlines
Hat"lines", 2012, pigment print, 19 2/3 x 19 2/3 in, edition of 5,  AT/F 2

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Bubbles
bubbles, 2016, pigment print, 19 2/3 x 19 2/3 in, edition of 5,  AT/F 3

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The Rain maker...
The rain maker, 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10,  AT/F 4

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Laundry Day
Laundry day, 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10,  AT/F 5

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Spring cleaning
Spring clean, 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10,  AT/F 6

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tears for Tulips
Tears for Tulips, 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10,  AT/F 7

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addicted to selfies
Addicted to selfies, 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10,  AT/F 8

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alex-timmermanns-the-image maker
The image maker, 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10,  AT/F 9

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The Juggler
The juggler, 2017, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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zwei leichten sonaten
zwei leichte Sonaten, 2017, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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tea for two
tea for two, 2017, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Local Shower
local shower, 2017, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Autumn
autumn, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Expect the unexpected
Expect the Unexpected, 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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hat hunter 3 klein
Hat Hunter, 2012, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Fischerman's friends
Fisherman´s Friends, 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Holland
Holland, 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Icarus
Icarus, 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Lost
Lost, 2013, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Poetry in Motion
Poetry in motion, 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Scarecrow
Scarecrow, 2012, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Swan lake
Swan lake, 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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The Cuckoo's nest
The Cuckoo´s Nest, 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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tea time 72dpi
Tea Time, 2013, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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The Grass is always greener
The Grass is Always Greener..., 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner, 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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To the end of nowhere....
To the End of Nowhere, 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Twins
Twins, 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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Ultimate pleasure
The Ultimate Pleasure, 2013, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, edition of 10

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alex-timmermanns-storytelling-buch

Alex Timmermanns, book, Storytelling, signed € 70,00

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