Experience hosted by Gianni

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English
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Up to 3 people
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

This is not just a simple poirtrait, but is a very slow and contemplative experience of sitting for an authentic 19th century wet plate collodion portrait. Every photograph is a unique handcrafted plate and you can observe the process of its creation. You will see how photographs were made on metal and glass plates step by step, including the complete darkroom process.
Taking a single photo often requires more than half an hour and due to the complexity of the process the outcome is far from certain.
The photoshoot takes about 1.30 – 2.00 hours.
This is not just a simple poirtrait, but is a very slow and contemplative experience of sitting for an authentic 19th century wet plate collodion portrait. Every photograph is a unique handcrafted plate and you can observe the process of its creation. You will see how photographs were made on metal and glass plates step by step, including the complete darkroom process.
Taking a single photo often requires more than half an hour and due to t…

What's included

  • Food
    Local Biscuits
  • Drinks
    Juices

Meet your Host, Gianni

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 1 Review
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I have always lived in big cities, now I live surrounded by nature in a small medieval village located in one of the largest park in Sicily. My approach to photography, through the ancient technique of wet plate collodion, reflects the slowness of the place where I live. I spent the last 10 years of my life experimenting historical alternative photographic process. I founded a laboratory in Castelbuono where I produce my artisanal photographic works.

I like getting lost in the silence of nature, photographing its forms: olive trees, with gnarled trunks and flexible branches, tireless observers of the human generations that follow one another.
I also love making portraits: the tension that is created between my eye and the subject in front of me turns into a unique and unrepeatable plate. I have been given back my time
I have always lived in big cities, now I live surrounded by nature in a small medieval village located in one of the largest park in Sicily. My approach to photography, through the ancient technique of wet plate collodion, reflects the slowness of the place where I live. I spent the last 10 years of my life experimenting historical alternative photographic process. I founded a laboratory in Castelbuono where I produce my artisanal photographic works.

I like getting lost in the silenc…
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Where you'll be

We will conduct the our portrait session in my laboratory, which is located at the center of Castelbuono. The place is an old hotel converted into a photographic laboratory with a pose room and a dark room . Since I use 19th century photography you will have the opportunity to relive the similar atmosphere of an antique photographic atelier, with all tools and art work arranged all around.

1 review

Soutner
September 2020
Gianni is a true professional and really enthusiastic person. I felt like in 19th century in his atelier. He showed me whole wet plate collodion process and craft step by step. It was so exciting to see the magic of these techniques. I am pretty satisfied with the outputs! There are a lot of information and crystals moments in Giannis plates. Many, many Thanks!!! It was a pleasure to meet him. I would highly recommend this experience. Thanks A limit of 450 characters was applied to your text. Login or register for free to

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    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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  • Fri, Oct 29
    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Fri, Oct 29
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 18 and up can attend.