ALL THINGS ANALOG AT REVELA-T 2015 ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

Collodion Exhibition at REVELA-T 2015 in Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona Spain.

Collodion Exhibition at REVELA-T 2015 in Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona Spain.

My friend and REVELA-T volunteer, Jesus Joglar, beside my image "Gathering Pieces" in the Cal Garbat, Vilassar de Dalt.  

My friend and REVELA-T volunteer, Jesus Joglar, beside my image "Gathering Pieces" in the Cal Garbat, Vilassar de Dalt.  

Opening June 19th, noted as the only analog photography festival in the world, REVELA-T in Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona SP, will be host to more than 50 exhibitions of top photographers and gallery owners in the world as well as over 50 micro-exhibits in the surrounding shop windows of Vilassar.  

The festival will include a "Fotomercado" (Photomarket) where amateurs and professionals will have the opportunity to show and sell their work, as well as international presenter gatherings of collodionists, street photographers, pinhole photographers, and even Leica M lovers.  

I am thrilled to have my collodion image "Gathering Pieces" (shown above) in the Collodion Exhibition at REVELA-T this year!  (I am beginning to think she (my image) has many more travel adventures than I do!)

Please visit to learn more ... 

Art. Architecture. And Photography ... Inspiration! by Amy Rockett-Todd

Individual ferrotypes awaiting final varnishing, to be assembled into a 3D relief composition.  Title: Abundant Life.  2014.

Individual ferrotypes awaiting final varnishing, to be assembled into a 3D relief composition.  Title: Abundant Life.  2014.

This idea of combining art, architecture, and photography has been floating around in concept form internally for years.  Without concrete direction and only free-thinking inspiration, I had begun to gather images … of buildings.  Of trees.  The way structure interacts with its surroundings.  New structures. Old structures.  Their presence today.  Their history over time and how they interact with the present.  Abandoned. Or in use.  Their primary purpose for being built.  Their lifespan.  Exterior adornments – or none. 

I notice the way a root peeks out from a sidewalk slab beside a building’s foundation.  It peers out and reinserts itself back into the sidewalk joint.  On its way.

I suppose the observations themselves intrigue me.  I’m not one to attach myself to a cause or any platform.  I just want to see.  To interpret.  And to create. 

I love to learn.  Learning is a risk.  It involves admitting when you don’t have all the answers.  It involves self doubt, openness, and vulnerability.  It also involves great rewards and answers to come.

As I have taken a step towards this combination of mediums and past inspiration … I have discovered a lot of new (to me) creatives along the way.  They have become unknowing cheerleaders for the work I am currently creating.  Some of these artists have passed on, yet their work continues to speak.  To inspire.  To give new direction.  And thought. 

I soak it all in.   

Now, add to this a fascination for geometric order.  In terms of photography, Neal Cox’s pinhole work ticks all these boxes.  He builds pinhole camera structures based on geometric grids and allows the structure to capture views from the multiple vantage points within his pinhole camera structures.  For him, math meets science meets photography.  The resulting images are incredibly beautiful segments of geometry, reassembled to form glimpses into the particular moment and location in which his constructed mathematical contraption sat.

I have rediscovered Neo-Concretism, a Brazilian arts movement.  The work of artists Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, and Gego really excite my spacial sensibilities and touch on art as a form of therapy … sometimes becoming interactive, and always inviting the viewer to become a part of the work.

The grid pieces of Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin also come to mind.

Laurent Millet’s work was introduced to me by friend and colleague, Antonia Small.  And I am creatively indebted to her for it.  Millet seems to find a way of interpreting spacial arrangements into constructed geometries and photographs them using wet plate collodion.

It's a good feeling to open up to new ideas and new work.  I look forward to soaking up more!

Baker's Dozen : A Pinhole Dialog ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

Baker's Dozen : A Pinhole Dialog

What began as a trek through the woods towards Fairy Beach, with canned chairs atop the heads of her children, fusing the path of two wellie-wearing women… Amy Rockett-Todd met Antonia Small on that rocky beach the summer of 2012.   As Jack, Antonia’s jack russell, perched himself atop a nearby rock, the two discovered they were both “pinholers”.   A chance meeting on a quiet empty slip of land, which isn’t even visible at high tide, the two found themselves stepping into a pinhole dialog that would span almost 2000 miles and 13 months.  They began in April 2013, on Worldwide Pinhole Day, shooting images specific to their own artistic visions as well as the contrasts of their varied regions… the flatlands of Oklahoma and the rugged coast of Maine.  Their project shooting wrapped up on pinhole day, April 2014.  

Image pairings and an interview article by Kai Behrmann of Top Photography Films ( can be seen via the link below.  The two continue their pairings through the end of 2014.  Stay tuned for future image pairings.

The Backstory of Slow Tide ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

Slow Tide.  Amy Rockett-Todd 2012.

Slow Tide.  Amy Rockett-Todd 2012.

It's the backstories of images that get to me. This one is no different. The ending image is not the image that stays with me when I look at this one.  It's the image of my (then) 10 and 11 yr old children walking through quiet Maine pines with wooden chairs atop their heads, at times obscurred from my siteline ... legs, rungs, and spindles bobbing in the air down to the shoreline, the gentle lapping of tide growing louder.  Of youth going out.  And age coming in.

Don't Take Pictures ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

What an exciting Spring it has been!  It seems as though the first half of the year, I was knee deep into making images, processing, and minor post work ... with lots of what folks don't see ... all the "behind the scenes" type of work.  Organizing, ordering, chemical prep and mixing, storage, searching for opportunities, applying for various grants, volunteering with professional organizations, making connections ... and all the other tasks that can get in line BEFORE making more creative images!  All that work definitely pays off ... 

I am pleased to announce that my pinhole image "Slow Tide" was juried into the online gallery at Kat Kiernan's,  Don't Take Pictures!  Thrilled to be included along side many great pinholers ... Take a look:


Excerpt from the Pinhole Gallery at Don't Take Pictures:

A pinhole camera is a beautifully simple machine capable of rendering complex images. Photographers who choose to work with pinhole cameras are patient, often waiting minutes or hours or days for their images to be rendered through the pinprick in the front of their camera. More time still is spent processing the image, and due to the uncertainty of the camera and its many variables, the photograph may never appear at all. When it does, the reward is tremendous. Few pinhole cameras are the same. Each one’s unique qualities may distort or vignette the photograph in unexpected ways. Pinhole photographers embrace these challenges for the simplicity of the tools and the unexpected beauty of the photographs they produce.

Don’t Take Pictures strives to present photographers who are actively involved in the creative process of making photographs. Many photographers in this exhibition have made their own pinhole cameras. Those who use digital cameras with modified pinhole lenses are challenging the conventional qualities of tack-sharp digital images. Photographers from all over the globe submitted work for this exhibition, and we are pleased to showcase this diverse collection of the genre.      

This gallery will be on view through August 21.

Please visit the online gallery at Don't Take Pictures to view the images juried into the exhibit.


Charmed by Charmed Magazine ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

Interview excerpt:

What do you think defines an image or an artistic vision, and how can one gain a personal voice in photography?

I enjoy finding something small, a secret, or the byline of the overall story … and that is what intrigues me.  Using a traditional process helps me keep things simple and personally invested, from loading, seeing, and processing … hands-on.  

Developing your personal aesthetic and how it combines with your internal story is important, but some times you just don’t know what that is until you go out and look … and shoot … and do that over and over.  Eventually you will see something emerge.  But I’m also glad to be looking for something too.  To not find the destination.  If we reach the destination, then why keep looking?

You can find the interview in Charmed Magazine in the ARTS section at!arts/ctzx

Direct link to the interview can be found at


Procrastination ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

natural vs manmade scars

natural vs manmade scars

throw-away society

throw-away society

pulling up roots

pulling up roots

planning. procrastinating. penciling-in. procrastinating. printing. placating. pausing ... panicking. ... processing ... predicating propositions ... procrastinating ... perhaps pinholing.


Even while procrastinating, I cannot stop looking.  Never stop looking ...  


Spring in Full Swing ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

Darkroom prints on RC paper.  Amy Rockett-Todd. 2014

Darkroom prints on RC paper.  Amy Rockett-Todd. 2014

I am so thankful for how busy this Spring has been already!  In the past few weeks, I have been processing 120 negatives from my pinhole project (Baker's Dozen; a pinhole dialog with Antonia Small of Port Clyde, Maine) ... and have managed to get at least 10 rolls processed, scanned, and even a few test prints made (above image).  In addition to the pinhole work, I am pleased to announce that several of my wet plate images will be featured in April 2014.  

One of my wet plate images will be included in April's exhibition, The Art of Handmade & Alternative Photography, at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, VT.  The show will run April 4th through April 27th.

You can view the online gallery here:

Also, I will have work included in the #4 issue of The Hand Magazine.  My images in The Hand are peripherally based on the happenings during a 1000 mile road trip.  You can snatch your own copy of The Hand Magazine here:

As Spring has only just begun, I am looking forward to what lies ahead .... Stay tuned.