My name is Shane Balkowitsch and I was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. I have never formally studied photography or been formally trained. I do not consider myself a photographer, but an image maker. In fact, the first personal camera I have ever owned was my 5x7” wet plate camera. I took my first ever portrait on October 4th, 2012. I have made over 3600 wet plate collodion images since that date.