Ian Ruhter, Alchemist
I think it would be hard to fully appreciate Ian Ruhter without watching this.
He doesn’t just make photographs, he captures moments.
His goal with his Silver & Light project is to connect the people and places of America through the lens of his camera and social networking sites.
Each of Ruhter’s one-of-a-kind images, averaging in size from 18″ to 36″, is created with the wet-plate photography method using a giant camera that he built himself.
The goal was not to build the world’s biggest camera but to do what he loved. The camera was necessary because he is interested in creating only large-scale original prints, not enlargements.
He’s so passionate about his work that it’s cost him everything — his entire life savings to do what he loves. He goes for broke each time with no guarantee of successful pictures, let alone sales.
If you had been searching your whole life for something you loved and you found it, what would you be willing to sacrifice?
All images copyright Ian Ruhter, via his web site and Tumbler.