West Coast Adventure Part 1
Having not taken Gilli out on the road for a while now I decided to make the first trip be on the short side and just make it up the West Coast and back. To accompany me on the way up, Ishtar Laguna came down from Washington state. We met on Facebook in the summer while I was doing a two months long daily tintype sale, so she wanted to take a workshop in collodion from me and then practice her skills while we drive up. She flew down on the 7th and we set out on the road on the 9th. Gilli-the-Bus was in storage for a while, so I took her to mechanics to have a full checkup, lube and fluids change, but some hiccups were, and I’m afraid may still be, to be expected….
On the first day we made really good time up through Los Angeles and toward the northern end of that sprawling urban jungle met up for lunch with two great collodion fellas – Brian Cuyler and Jason Mads. Jason does events and makes excellent plates, he’s also an avid alternative printer. Brian actually runs UV Photographics where I get my collodion and other supplies. He experiments with many formulas and is a true chemical craftsman. I recommend trying one of his formulas like the all-lithium or the new and mysterious UVP-X. I’m truly sorry not to have taken a group photo of all of us…….