Ian Ruhter is a photographer, but he calls himself an Alchemist. He has a camera, but he calls it a Time Machine. Ruhter’s introduction to working with wet plates goes back to 2010 from which time he immediately started experimenting with the process.
One of his first photo shoots with skateboarder Levi Brown, was a near disaster. Due to the heat generated from the lights needed to expose the wet plate correctly, flash heads were exploding all over Brown — but the resulting 8×10 shot of Brown doing an ollie turned out ghostly and beautiful. It was the first time anyone had ever frozen motion with this process using electronic flash. Ruhter was hooked
The Levi Brown frozen motion image was inspired by the works of Edward Muybridge and his famous horse in motion plates.