A new chapter has been started.
I have been interested in photography for less than a decade. Compare that with people that started 50 years ago, and I am but a child (with grey hair).
I couldn't afford to be interested as a child. Film was too expensive, developing worse, and a really good camera was completely out of the question. There was no eBay in the 1970s.
So I am making up for lost time. I started with digital, then found that I really liked the look of film. So I added a 4x5 view camera. Then another, and a couple of more. I like film for the look, but even more for the process. It sticks a thumb in the eye of digital photographers, who so want to imitate it. You will never see someone shooting film saying "Gee, I sure hope this looks like I shot it with a Sony A7."
But to me the holy grail for photography is learning to shoot wet plate. Making photos that take skill, patience, practice, and a tiny bit of luck. Oh, and use deadly chemicals, flammable liquids, and a kerosene lamp (true). The results are completely unique, and so far I haven't seen widespread filters to mimic the look. But then again, I don't Instagram, so maybe they are there. But they're fake.
I finally lucked into finding someone to teach me how it's done, and I am adding those first five shots to a new gallery just for wet plate. They are REALLY bad as photos go, but they are a huge leap for me. I hope in two years I look back at them and say "Wow, I was really awful back then."
Thanks for looking.