I wore this shirt regularly over the following years, until the print started to fade. In 2010 I was taking my second wet plate collodion workshop, which would eventually lead toward "Earth Magic." I'd somehow avoided ruining any clothes up until this point, but when I started using the 8x10 camera (and officially beginning the new series) I somehow got some silver nitrate on my clothes. Silver nitrate is what makes the coated glass plate sensitive to light - consequently it stains all organic matter black. At this point I decided to make this my official wet plate uniform.
The bottom edge of the shirt is full of small holes, as at some point I decided against bringing rags with me into the forest, opting to polish the plates with my shirt.
And to be nice, the photograph in question, previously unreleased.