We all know technology makes the world go round and we’d lose our minds without Instagram or iPhones. But sometimes you’ve gotta reconnect with physical, hands-on objects to feel like a real live human being again. Therein lies the impetus for Philly-born, Denver based skater/photographer Matt Albert’s “The LIFERS Project”.
Frustrated with digital photography, Matt fell in love with the 19th century wet collodion (or wet plate) technique and decided it was the perfect format to photograph fellow “Lifers”—the ones who have dedicated their entire lives to their passions. So he partnered with Cadillac and hit the road down the west coast in two Escalade ESVs – one towing an Airstream and the other towing a mobile dark room – to shoot portraits of down-for-life legends like Danny Way, Ray Barbee, Steve Berra, and Lance Mountain.
“The Seasons Collection” follows these lifers and finds the correlation between what drives them and the seasons that inspire them. The entire collection of wet plate photos will be on display this Thursday, August 6 in San Francisco at NWBLK gallery from 7-10pm. More info here.