In today's world, with everything geared to the speed of electrons, computers and cable technology, one gets the feeling that life is only a fleeting speck of light. How does one slow down this fast paced world to absorb the beauty that abounds within this place? One answer might be in the way we record what we see or feel. For me, thanks to L.J.M. Daguerre, I have chosen to seize light.
1/4 Plate taken March 2013
The Capitol by John Plumbe
1/4 Plate Antique Reproduction taken April 1999
Old Athens Hardware
Proprietors of the Franklin House hosted visitors to Athens, Georgia from the late 1840's until the end of the Civil War. A daguerreotype studio, occupied by Samuel Broadbent, was located on the top floor where skylights were used for the exposure. The Athens Hardware Company occupied the three-story brick structure until 1972. This photograph, taken by Levon Register II in March 1999, is a half plate daguerreotype.
Portrait of Jenna
This quarter plate vignette image is of six year old Jenna. I tried to capture that certain sweet innocence of youth. Image taken August 1999 by Daguerreotypist, Levon Register II.
This was to be a nice tinted peach orchard landscape. Things don't always come out as we would wish. Rather than being intimidated by this slight set back, I begin to think of it as a canvas and what I could do to enhance the mood, a dream like feeling. The result is this quarter plate, hand tinted image and brushed stroked plate, originally taken in April of 1998 and expanded upon in March of 1999, and May of 2004. Taken by Daguerreotypist, Levon Register II
Nude study, quarter plate daguerreotype, hand tinted, and is mounted in a period mat on a black board and in a black frame. This image was taken in April 1999 by Levon Register II.
1/4 plate outdoor daguerreotype of a garden fountain.
Taken in 2008