Yosemite from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.

“My greatest failure in life came when I lost the ability to believe in my own dreams. It had taken a year and a half to return to Yosemite after enduring one of my most heartbreaking experiences. In an unexpected twist of fate I regained the courage to try again after seeing the world through a child’s eyes. Since the release of the Silver & Light film we have accomplished more than we ever thought possible. We could have never made it this far without the support of people like you.”  – Ian Ruhter, Alchemist

Ian Ruhter continues on from where we left him in http://thecameraforum.com/tintype-masters-part-two/  proving once again that persistence in photography is probably equally as important as your gear choices, your technique, or any other of the many elements that contribute to a successful photograph. Many try and fail. Some try again and fail. Few try many times and experience continued failure. A very few have the persistence and patience necessary to repeatedly attempt to push the edges of the world, and eventually succeed.

Our kindred spirt Ian has not built just a camera. He has built a way of life, and continues making art in his own unique way. By incorporating something as outrageous as a “drive-in-camera” and wet plate colloidal, he has also created a marketing Brand for his Alchemy. Truly Ian, you are an Alchemist. You are creating gold from base metal silver prints. Certainly as well, you are one of our generation’s Tintype Masters.

I love your philosophy and pragmatic outlook on life as much as I love your photography. So grounding. So real. Mixing the philosophy with the photography is a refreshing insight into a very difficult photographic process. Please keep up the great progress on both, and please keep us in the loop for future updates in our TinType Masters series of stories. I can’t wait to see where your awesome caravan heads off to next!

To become a part of Ian’s journey;
http://www.ianruhter.com 
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