Even though every Profoto product was designed with a purpose, we encourage and support creatives who find new ways of using them. Ian Ruhter, who uses powerful Profoto strobes to rejuvenate the old wet plates technique, is one of those photographers. Ian is currently traveling around the continent, photographing the places and the people who live there in this never-before-seen fashion. We will follow him on this journey in a series of articles, written by Ian himself. This is the ninth part.
It never ceases to amaze me that what started off as a mere thought, has taken me on a journey that will hopefully lead me around the world. I guess you could say it’s only the beginning, but this was our first international trip with the Silver & Light Experience. We spent the month of April in Vancouver, Canada and I can honestly say this was the best trip so far. The success of this trip is largely in part due to the team behind the Silver & Light Project. I would like to thank Lane Power, Will Eichelberger and Madeline Druce for their combined efforts in helping to make this possible.
While planning for this trip, we thought the hardest part would be the logistics of crossing the boarder into Canada. Little did I know this would be the easiest part. When your camera is a large van, there are so many things that can go wrong. We ended up breaking down on our journey North, and there was a moment where I thought we weren’t going to make it. Somehow, we patched up the truck and continued on our voyage, but we had to drive for 400 miles on the freeway at 35mph. I almost had a nervous breakdown! We crossed the boarder at 4am, and I knew at this point everything was going to be ok.