Michael Kolster explores the James River
The James River is the subject of Michael Kolster’s most recent project, on view at Page Bond Gallery, called Down by the River: Exploring American Waterways 40 Years After the Clean Water Act. To photograph the river for this project, Kolster uses a wet-plate collodion process, which, dating back to the 1850’s, consists of a piece of glass coated in a thin layer of collodion, then promptly dipped into a silver nitrate solution. The photograph is then taken while the plate is still wet. Collodion, like the James River, is deeply rooted in Virginia’s history, having been used in gunpowder, as well as adhesives for wounds, during the Civil War.