I grew up on a tidal river with brackish water. Against the midwife’s prediction I was born before low tide. As far as I can think back I have always loved the water, and the moment I moved to New England I fell in love with the Atlantic Ocean. And I love photography. All formats and aspects of it.
The photographs displayed here are part of a larger project that reflects my love of water and photography, and embraces the beauty and abundant variety of options that coexist in life, in nature and in photography. They show what the waves have left for me to find on the ocean’s edge. To emphasize their still, mysterious potential I chose the historic Wet Plate Collodion process. The original ‘quarter plates’ were scanned and enlarged for this exhibit.
Silke Hase is a German–born photographer who has lived in Boston for 18 years.
She gathered her first darkroom experience in an extracurricular photography workshop in high school in Germany. To build onto her early self-taught technique she began a more formal training at the New England School of Photography in Boston taking workshops for several years. She studied the historic process of Wet Plate Collodion in workshops with Jill Enfield and Michelle Rogers.
Hase’s work reflects a diversity of subjects in a variety of formats.
Although Hase’s camera of choice is the Holga, a plastic toy camera that uses traditional film, she recently started tackling the challenge of combining various formats, mediums and processes in one project to reflect the complexity and beauty of life at the ocean’s edge.
Hase’s work has appeared in a number of solo and group shows in Europe and the United States, and can be found in a few private collections. Her photos have been published in various magazines and other publications such as ANTILISPEIS, Open to Interpretation, Backstage, F-Stop, and Shots.
Her work has been exhibited in many acclaimed international juried toy camera shows, like the Krappy Kamera (SOHO PHOTO Gallery, New York, NY – 2013, 2011, 2010), The Somerville Toy Camera Fest (Somerville, MA – 2015, 2014, 2013), Plastic Fantastic (Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR – 2015, 2014), and the Annual International Plastic Camera Show (RAYKO Photo Center, San Francisco, CA – 2013)
Hase won First Prize in the Black & White Classic at the Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA in 2009 and had a piece in the Traveling Exhibition Perceptions (Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece in 2011).