Éric AntoineCameraHasselblad 501cmLensDistagon 30mmISO100F-Stop5.6Shutter Speed1/500About the shotAs I was collecting ambrotypes for years, I always wanted to learn the process. Last year, I finally found someone who could teach me. After a few months of experiments and many hours in the lab, I managed to make my own collodion ambrotype using chemicals bought at the local pharmacy and glass from the closest DIY store. Even though the process is complicated and long, it's pure freedom for me.My main goal with this process was to shoot large format portraits and eventually adapt it to skateboarding. As the speed used for wet plates is 1 ISO, it's almost impossible to shoot fast movement so the only way to bring wet plates to skateboarding was to use the collodion wet plates for print. I then shot this photo of Eniz Fazliov, one of my favorite skateboarders, developed the film and printed the image on a collodion wetplate that was later scanned. The result is a very light 4x5" piece of glass.I really enjoy the very organic feeling of holding such a photograph and this one was my first try. It's got tons of stains and defects that are part of this unpredictable beauty that I'm looking for in photography. I like to contradict the idea, which most photographers have, that an image should be as clean as possible. I persist with the idea to stay dirty.BiographyI was born in 1974. I received my first camera from my dad in 1993 and started taking a lot of portraits and concert pictures. After trying to have a ‘normal life’ working at the electronic department of a supermarket, I blew a fuse and took off one morning, deciding it was time to leave France. During a long stay in New York, I spent my time skating and learning the basics of skateboard photography. In 1996-97 I started contributing to a Swiss skateboard magazine, Flat Mégazine. Since then, my photos have been published in many European magazines. In 1999, I officially became team photographer for éS, Etnies and Emerica in Europe. I've also been working on some advertising campaigns for brands such as Sir Benny Miles, Element skateboards, Carhartt, and others. I now live in Strasbourg, where I focus on printing and experimenting with different techniques and processes. I'm very interested in vintage cameras and old processes such as collodion wet plates. I also collect old family photos and union cases. A few years ago I started a series of exhibitions featuring a retrospective of my work over the past ten years. More recently, I finished a show with the series "Through the backseat window." Soon, I’m collaborating with Jelle Keppens consisting of strictly medium format analog skateboard photography.