An exhibition of the tintypes that I have made over the past 3 years will be up at Old Portland Hardware & Architectural-- an amazing place filled with antiques and oddities-- through June.
I was honored to make two really lovely tintypes of Rachel and her beautiful baby, Bennett. This particular project has been plagued by the wide variety of challenges that the wet plate collodion process presents. In the winter, the collodion wasn't setting properly. Then, on a sunny Spring day, the developer was too "hot" and overdeveloping the images.And then, of course, we were up against the inherent challenges of photographing a wiggly little baby with a photographic process that demands long exposures and complete stillness. Needless to say, it was all quite a challenge. I could see the image that I wanted in my head, but the plates just were not working out as I envisioned. I owe many thanks to Rachel-- her calm demeanor and patience kept me positive and willing to keep working through all the challenges, in pursuit of making a nice tintype plate of that image in my head. We finally got two really beautiful plates and I'm sort of thinking that this might turn out to be the beginning of a lovely little series of mothers...
Between lots of travels, I have been hard at work making some new tintype images. Mostly the big & beautiful sort-- 8x10 tintype plates. The resolution on the large plates is really quite amazing and there is a wonderful depth to the images when you see the actual plates in person. The digital scans and uploads look pretty good, but there is definitely a little something lost in translation. You will have the chance to see these plates in person on July 27, when they will be on display at the wonderful visual arts center, Disjecta, in Portland, Oregon. Super exciting!
I have been continuing to collaborate with artist Francesca Berrini on a series of images featuring her current artwork, which she labels 'Post-Apocolyptic Couture'. Francesca painstakingly constructs large woven structures and garments from foraged bits of the natural world: moss hanging from branches, cedar, twigs, bark...
Our collaboration over the last several months will come to fruition on July 27 at Disjecta visual arts center: Francesca's creations will be brought to life in a live 'fashion show' of sorts and my tintype plates will be on display.
Here are some of the new images, which will be featured at the Disjecta exhibit. I am really pleased with the way that these images came together... dark and stormy, haunting and mysterious.
I traveled with the Tin Gypsy and a lovely group of artists and dancers to Sauvie Island to create some 8x10 Tintype plates as part of a ongoing collaboration with artist, Francesca Berrini. These ethereal images feature dresses painstakingly constructed over hundreds of hours out of materials foraged from the natural world by Francesca.