Here is an example from today’s class of two different ways I’ve experimented with presenting my ambrotypes.
The image on the left was spray painted black on the collodion side which, when turned over, allows the image to be seen as it would appear in person. This also removes the need to use a varnish for protection. I only found this out when a few weeks ago I accidentally sprayed my plate with black spray paint instead of spray varnish. I thought I had ruined it. The exposure is slightly shorter than that on the right.
The image on the right is protected using a spray varnish on the collodion side and set against spray painted black glass. It is seen reversed, the way it appears in the camera.
I personally prefer the image on the right hand side for it’s creamier tones and the interesting mark on the lower right hand side presumably caused by my development. As far as presentation goes in general I’m torn. I enjoy the process so much and I can’t wait to experiment with different ways to display them as a final product.
Feel free to leave questions or comments, feedback is always appreciated.