Artist Emma Howell has a unique approach to landscape photography. Rather than exposing her images digitally or onto film, she works with a wet plate collodion method to transfer landscapes directly onto handblown glass forms. When the San Francisco-based artist first learned how to blow glass, she knew instantly that she wanted to combine that with her passion for photography, so she developed this unique, labor-intensive process.
To get just one image, Howell travels out into the landscape with her custom-built camera, pieces of hand-blown glass, chemicals, a small portable darkroom, and a number of other supplies that allow for her creations to emerge in just a few short minutes. The final results allow viewers to experience a different type of photography.
“This project aims to create something entirely new and non-traditional by bringing depth to photography to create an experience for the viewer that is more tangible in a three-dimensional way,” explains Howell. “I aim to create a glass window that brings the viewer into the landscape.”