Crimea - unfinished journe, of Roman Kravchenko

Lublin, Poland

Ambrotypes (from Greek αμβρότος – unchangeable or immortal) or colloid positives are negative images on glass plates with bottom layer of velvet, paper or dye, mostly used for making portraits. Ambrotypy holds invaluable advantages, including longevity and uniqueness. For example, there are 300 glass plates shot by Roger Fenton during Crimean War in 1855 are still safely kept in the Library of Congress. Each image is fixed on glass right after being made, and becomes a unique and collectable item.

As a child I remember being mesmerized by the intricate beauty of an old piece of a pine tree bark, brown with black veins. Today I work with Glass, which has an even more marvelous structure. It is so fragile and insecure that special conditions must be created to keep it safe and to preserve the images it can carry.

Memories are fragile and even in this high tech world overwhelmed by media, we continue to pay more and more attention to single copy pieces-of-art. A picture formed by silver crystals and covered with special lacquer based on a rosin of African plants, can be stored for an unlimited time. Unlike a regular photograph or a print, an ambrotype will not lose its color and will keep all its original features, which is proven by the first ambrotypes made in the middle 19th which we continue to cherish.

Whether displaying a historical ambrotype, or creating history by making new images, I help the viewer escape the world of the ordinary and connect with the intuitive subconsciousness.                                                     



Place: Fàbrica Cal Garbat. Mossén Jacint Verdaguer, 8. Vilassar de Dalt