Photographer Spotlight: Mike Willingham

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Mike Willingham is a fine-art photographer residing in Texas with almost 20 years of experience. His work has been displayed in galleries across the US and Europe. Among his published works, he has a book that showcases his digital work, as well as another coming out later this spring.

Photographer: Mike Willingham Photo; Model: kodi lynn

In the fall of 2017, he saw a nude ambrotype and became fascinated with the style. This began a journey exploring wet-plate photography. In the following months, he taught himself the process and even built a custom camera, capable of shooting plates from as small as 4×5 to as large as 11×14. When describing the technique, Mike said, “I absolutely love the process! The rawness of it, and all the imperfections. It is truly beautiful.”

Photographer: Mike Willingham Photo; Model: AlysonChance
Photographer: Mike Willingham Photo; Model: Elissa Eileen
Photographer: Mike Willingham Photo; Model: TaraSaharra
Photographer: Mike Willingham Photo; Model: Ani H S

If you’re interested in learning more, Mike has a behind the scenes look at his wet-plate process on his website, where he describes the technique with accompanying photos. And, he’ll be releasing a book that focuses on his wet-plate work in spring 2020.

Check out Mike Willingham’s Model Mayhem portfolio to see more of his work. You can also follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and his website.

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2 Responses to “Photographer Spotlight: Mike Willingham”

  1. January 18, 2022 at 11:37 am, Carlton Marshall said:

    I had never heard of wet plate photography. These images are great and it has intrigued me to add such a process to my toolbox of shots and style. I will be looking into it.


  2. January 24, 2021 at 11:18 am, Prem Muthu said:

    You have inspired me to experiment and work in these bygone process. The illustrations and accompanying text helps me to understand the process. Thank you very much Mike.


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