It all started when we needed to scan some slides. With my Screen Cezanne 5000 scanner I would get an amazing quality, but it would be exhausting to do. I have an old Epson scanner that could do it, but it’s also not a very comfortable task. So I had an eye on a Agfa Duoscan Hid scanner. These scanners scan film without the need of a glass. That makes things much easier. They are also great flatbed scanners. With that I take more care about my valuable Screen scanner. The lamps of it are not longer available, when they break its over. But as always it was more difficult to get this scanner up an running than I thought. It needed lots of cleaning and my first idea about a fitting computer was also not my best one.
Inspiration is one of the most beautiful feelings for me. People who work with passion on their art/project can be very inspiring. But there are also others who have had to deal with certain situations in their life and have overcome or mastered them amazingly.
This article is about these people. And it all started with me looking for a unique lens. I have been looking for this lens for some years now and on my way to the final piece made of brass and glass I bought several other lenses. But now with the new project in my mind I wanted to finally have this one lens.
These lockdown days can be frustrating. I remember being at home for 10 rainy days. I even didn’t go in the garden because of the weather. My wet plate studio being empty and me not really a guy who shoots much still life images made it not much easier. But then I had an idea. Some time ago I helped a friend moving. He moved from a big apartment to a smaller one. That was the reason he could not keep everything and that was also the reason he gave me a video projector.
My name, is Markus Hofstätter, I am a collodion wet plate artist from Austria with my main focus on portraits.I shoot digital too, but the last two years my main business went to wet plate workshops, wet plate events and portraits. I won some awards (World Photographic cup nation award for example) and had a title page on the international Silvergrain Classics magazine with a wet plate.