Alex Timmermans

Bubbles Persiehl 300dpi
Alex Timmermans, “bubbles”

Alex Timmermans

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Alex Timmermans

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.

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

2018“Storytelling”, Persiehl & Heine, Galerie für Fotografie

2017„Bright Days ahead 17“ – group show, Persiehl & Heine, Galerie für Fotografie

 NF Art Gallery Knokke

 Pan Art fair Amsterdam

 Continuum Gallery Königswinter

 Biennale Fotografica Museo Bogota

 BlinplusBlin Gallery Paris

 Macadam Gallery Brussels

 For Real Amsterdam

2016PAN Amsterdam

 Köln Art Fair

 Art Gallery Hans Persoon

 La Galerie Blin plus Blin, Montfort L'Amaury

 Kunstrai Amsterdam

 ART16 London

 Continuum Gallery Königswinter

 Rotterdam contemporary art fair

 Realisme Art fair Amsterdam

 Art Palm beach

2015Pan Amsterdam Art fair

 Galerie Beeld en aambeeld Enschede

 Galerie Hans Persoon Eersel

 Photo Shanghai

 Eduard Planting Gallery Amsterdam

 Leopold22 gallery Knokke Belgium

 Kunstrai Amsterdam

 Paris Photo Los Angeles

 Art Breda The Netherlands

 Rotterdam contemporary art fair

 Realisme Art fair Amsterdam

 Art Gallery Hans Persoon

2014PAN international art fair Amsterdam

 FOTOFEVER Paris

 Voila gallery Los Angeles USA

 Stroeks Academy Domein Oogenlust

 Art Gallery Hans Persoon

2013Fotofever Paris

 Fotofever Brussels

 Society Shop Netherlands

2012Gallery La Mani

 Merge photo gallery

 Art Gallery Hans Persoon

Storytelling

Rhapsody-in-Black

“Music was my First Love” 2018, pigment print, 33 3/4 x 33 3/4 in and other sizes

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AT_F_45-lost-in-time

“Lost in Time” 2018, pigment print, 34 x 34 in and other sizes

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alex-timmermans-high-tea

“High Tea” 2018, pigment print, 33 3/4 x 33 3/4 in and other sizes

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alex-timmermanns-fruits-de-mer

“Fruits de mer” 2016, pigment print, 33 3/4 x 33 3/4 in and other sizes

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hatlines

Hat“lines” 2012, pigment print, 19 2/3 x 19 2/3 in and other sizes

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Bubbles

“bubbles” 2016, pigment print, 41 3/4 x 41 3/4 in

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The Rain maker...

“The rain maker” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Laundry Day

“Laundry day” 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Spring cleaning

“Spring clean” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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tears for Tulips

“Tears for Tulips” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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addicted to selfies

“Addicted to selfies” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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alex-timmermanns-the-image maker

“The image maker” 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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The Juggler

“The juggler” 2017, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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zwei leichten sonaten

“zwei leichte Sonaten” 2017, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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tea for two

“tea for two” 2017, pigment print, 41.7 x 41.7 in and other sizes

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Local Shower

“local shower” 2017, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Autumn

“autumn” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Expect the unexpected

“Expect the Unexpected” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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hat hunter 3 klein

“Hat Hunter” 2012, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Fischerman's friends

“Fisherman’s Friends“ 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Holland

“Holland” 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Icarus

“Icarus” 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Lost

“Lost” 2013, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Poetry in Motion

“Poetry in motion” 2014, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Scarecrow

“Scarecrow” 2012, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Swan lake

“Swan lake” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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The Cuckoo's nest

“The Cuckoo’s Nest“ 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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tea time 72dpi

“Tea Time” 2013, pigment print

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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 and other sizes

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The Kite Runner

“The Kite Runner” 2015, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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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 and other sizes

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Twins

“Twins” 2016, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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Ultimate pleasure

“The Ultimate Pleasure” 2013, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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alex-timmerman-born-to-be-wild

“Born to be wild” 2018, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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alex-timmermans-the-wild-bunch

“The wild Bunch” 2018, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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alex-timmermans-saving-private-rhino

“saving private Rhino” 2018, pigment print, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and other sizes

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alex-timmermanns-storytelling-buch

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

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