I had the pleasure of tagging along with Ian Ruhter for a day in Los Angeles as he started the long journey for his "Silver & Light" project. He managed to turn a truck into one giant wet plate camera in hopes of driving it around America shooting the people & landscapes he comes across. To see more of his images and learn more about this project follow his Tumblr: http://ianruhter.tumblr.com/ or his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ian-Ruhter-Photography/159583283699
All filmed on a point n' shoot Panasonic Lumix GF1
The American Dream video is based on the fear of success, this thought is extremely powerful, fear has the ability to cripple us from pursuing our dreams. The moment I embraced my dreams it was as if the universe had drawn people to help us and share their stories. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people who live in America. Your support is the driving force behind our project. We could not have done this without you. We have made it this far because you shared and supported us through our social networking sites. We were able to connect with the people in this film because of the internet. Every time you share or like this project it brings us one step closer to photographing your town, people you know, possibly even you.
Become a part of our journey; ianruhter.com/ facebook.com/pages/Ian-Ruhter-Photography/159583283699 ianruhter.tumblr.com/ twitter.com/IanRuhter
Instagram username : Ian Ruhter
This project was created with the same spirit that america was founded on. Our intentions are to connect everyone in america through the lens of this camera and social networking sites. We can't do this without you. We want to tell your story and show your city or town through photographs of you, and people you know. As we travel around america looking for people and places to shoot you will be able to keep track of where we are going and help us decide where we go next. Join us in our journey by liking our facebook to get yourself photographed by us.
An extra special thanks to Brandon Rein, Scotty Hoffman and Trevor Atwater.
In 2010 I spent a day following photographer Ian Ruhter around the streets of Los Angeles, CA as he stopped people asking if he could shoot their portrait.... using wet plate photography. I happened to have my point-n-shoot camera with me so I decided to pull it out and film just in case. This is the result.
The theme for the Apri 5, 2013 was 'The Future' featuring notable photographer and alchemist Ian Ruhter. The event was made possible through the support of our presenting partner Pencilneck Software and ongoing support of GDC/BC, Dodson House, Province of BC, and tech partner Fusion Cine.
When for him the craft of photography evolved into something less personal and true, even vapid and uninspiring, he sought a new way to approach his craft, and he found his future in the past. By using a very old approach to photography, he now exploring stories, people and places though the lens of the world’s largest portable camera and records life using a wet plate process from the 1850's.
His project Silver and Light was a risky exploration of inspiration, passion and creative process, and his video has become an Internet sensation.The project tells many stories both in print (metal plates) and the videos that offer compelling insight into peoples’ lives, fears and success.
Ian reflected on his upbringing, challenges as a child, successes and failures as a photographer and how, by losing his way and journeying back to the mid-nineteenth century where one paints with silver and light, and how this revelation in which he embraced the past while utilizing the technological advances of the future allowed him to find the component—and creative fulfillment—he was searching for.
A few notable comments (paraphrased) by Ian:
"If everything happens for a reason, maybe the future is already written. Do I have control of my destiny or is it fate?"
"Photography gave me a voice and that was the missing link I had been looking for my whole life."
"The ability to dream is what makes things possible. I work in the space of my dreams and thoughts."
"Dyslexia is my greatest gift. That's what led me to the gift of photography."
"I could make my own film. If I learned how to make it no one could take that away from me."
"When the first plate worked, we were like, whoa, now what? It would’ve so much easier if it had failed."
On the DTES: "Every city you go to has the same kinds of problems. Being in places like this inspires me."
Our May 3, 2013 event theme will be “Backwards” featuring former mayor of West Vancouver, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and presenting support partner R&M lamination. Ticket registration will begin at 11am on Monday, April 29th at creativemorningsvancouver.eventbrite.com.
The Vancouver chapter of CreativeMornings is run by Mark Busse (@MarkBusse) and his dedicated team of volunteers. Thanks to Matthew Shettler(@Shettler), Ryan Mah (@Unisonpress), Mahyar Saeedi (@MahyarSaeedi), and Jake Hermiston, and Josh Nychuk for video production.
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! (creativemornings.com)