Angel Colmenares

I was born in Cuba and grew up in Mexico City. While growing up in Mexico City, we lived very near to an art house movie theatre and I used to sneak out late at night and watch all of this great foreign movies with directors like - Fellini, Bunuel, Antonioni and Kubrick. There was nothing else in this world I wanted to do more than to be behind a film camera. When I was 18 years old, I had an accident and lost vison on my right eye. At that time, I felt my dream of being a cinematographer was over. I took up photography because I thought it was my only choice to being behind a camera. I graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and I started a commercial and fashion photography carreer.

I worked in Mexico City, New York and San Francisco, I learned so much from working with amazing professionals, from lighting and composition to storytelling with a single image. More importantly, I learned not to place limitations on myself. I realized that you have to fight for your dreams and decided that one eye was all I needed to look through a viewfinder to create images. I sold all of my photography equipment and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Cinematography career.

For the next twelve years, I worked on feauture films and documentaries in Los Angeles. We also lived in Hawaii, where our son Lucian was born. 

Now I live in Seattle with my wife and son and feel incredibly blessed. Chemical Angel is my way of going back to my first love in photography, Film.  This time I wanted to really understand the photography process that started it all.

Wet Plate Collodion


WET PLATE COLLODION was discovered in the mid-18th century and refers to a process of pouring solution of collodion onto a plate of aluminum or glass, placing the plate into a camera and exposing it to the light. Once the plate is exposed to light, it needs to be developed while it is still wet, which is the reason for its name. The images resulting from this process can be Ambrotypes, or Tintypes. 

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