Once the plate is in the silver bath, he will focus on his subject, and then proceed to the darkroom tent to load the tin into the film holder. He can then load the plate into the camera, remove the slide and expose the wet plate.
"If you come sign onto the project and sit with me then you get to walk away with the original tin type. Through this process the actual artwork is disseminated and goes out into the world." -Wilson
Wilson working in his portable dark room.
After exposing the plate, you put the slide back in and head to the darkroom tent to develop the plate. Wilson uses a safelight to see and pours the developer over the plate, which produces a negative of the image. When it’s done developing, you place it in the fixer to stop it from developing further and to remove the extra silver that makes it light sensitive. This way the image will stay at this exposure when exposed to light.