If you’ve never heard of wet plate photography, that’s because it was popular during the Civil War, before it was replaced by daguerreotypes. But photographer Ian Ruhter uses this technique to create incredible one-of-a-kind photographs. Aren’t they gorgeous? Descriptions of the process make me really appreciate the ease of digital photography these days–yet digital photos seem kind of soulless in comparison. Read more about Ian Ruhter’s work here.