Dimbola to host exhibition by Fine art photographer Honza Sakař, his first UK exhibition reveals how the power and allure of wet-collodion photography is still relevant today.
Inventing a new way of working with the 19th century wet-collodion process, fine art photographer Honza Sakař, has created an emotionally charged collection of portraits that resonate as artworks. This is Honza’s first UK exhibition and is fittingly held at Dimbola, as there is a creative link to the work of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron – a sort of handing over of the baton of wet plate.
Honza prints using a modified inkjet printer using a mixture of pigments he blends himself which once again stain his hands black. This messy alchemy is also reminiscent of Julia’s work as she was often seen in dark clothes stained with chemicals from her photography. Each Silent Portrait is an artefact conveying a visual and emotional narrative, in many ways they can be perceived as letters to Julia – the creator of photography as an art form.
Honza has also produced black and white Isle of Wight landscapes which will be featured in Dimbola’s Charles Hay Cameron gallery.
The preview for this exhibition will be held on Friday 1st June 6-8pm All are welcome & entry is free.
This exhibition will run until 15th July.
Dimbola is open 7 days week 10am-5pm.
About the Organizers
For 15 years between 1860 to 1875, Dimbola was Julia’s home and workplace. Now preserved by the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and open to the public.
Once two adjacent dwellings in the rural idyll of Freshwater Bay, the Camerons built a central tower to form their new home. The name ‘Dimbola’ was chosen by the Camerons after the tea and coffee plantations they owned in Dimbula, Sri Lanka.
As she records in her memoirs, she turned an old ‘glazed fowl house’ into a studio, and set about photographing everyone from famous visitors to her own maids, locals and children.
Inside the house now are preserved features including Gothic carvings, William Morris wallpaper, her original design stairway, Victorian glass and a re-creation of her bedroom.
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