Behind the Scenes: The Tin Gypsy's Sauvie Island Adventure

I am currently very excited and extremely honored to be working on a collaboration with wonderful artist, Francesca Berrini. Francesca has been constructing intricate and beautiful garments out of natural elements. Over the next several months, she and I wil be collaborating by creating 8x10 tintype images featuring these dresses. For our first outing, we traveled with the Tin Gypsy and a troop of lovely artists and dancers out to a beautiful little spot right on the outskirts of Portland, OR. The beaches of Sauvie Island provided the fog-shrouded, otherworldly backdrop that we had hoped for. It was a sunny, but quite chilly, day. Our wonderful models, both modern dancers with high threshholds for discomfort, had to shiver through the 20 minute wait time between shots and stay perfectly still for 50 second exposures while I hiked back and forth to the Gypsy darkroom to prepare and process the plates. Friends and family came along for the day and ended up working as assistants- helping to wrangle the ladies into the stiff and heavy dresses and keeping them warm and happy during the chilly waiting periods. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the day so fantastic!

 In the wilds!

In the wilds!

Ready to expose the plate
 This dress weighs nearly 50 pounds!

This dress weighs nearly 50 pounds!

 It's nice to have friends keep you company while you wait. 

It's nice to have friends keep you company while you wait. 

 Have I mentioned that it was pretty chilly out? 

Have I mentioned that it was pretty chilly out? 

 Hustle and bustle... wet plate collodion-style.

Hustle and bustle... wet plate collodion-style.

 Aww.

Aww.