Description: In this wet plate image by Susan Seubert, we can see a bird's nest on a plain background. The nest is dirty and messy and looks pretty old. The backdrop is dark around the front, and gets progressively lighter towards the back. The entire photo, especially the edges, are dirty, which is common for a wet plate photograph.
Intention: I think Susan's intention was to show the intricate details in the nest. By using the wet plate method, the result is a high contrast image that shows the many elements of the nest nicely.
Interpretation: The image is rather dull, and the nest is the only subject in the photo. The oldness and messiness of the nest, along with the fact that it's abandoned, seem to represent death and decay. It's ironic, since a nest represents youth and life. The fact that the wet plate method was used adds a powerful, dramatic look to the photo, as the vignette and roughness of the edges give it an old, haunting look.
Evaluation: Overall, I think that this is a very successful wet plate image. The effect adds a haunting look to the photo, which makes the average setup look exceptional. The image would not be as successful if it were a regular JPEG without this effect.