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...
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!
Hi everybody! There may have been ample sweat, a little blood and perhaps even a tear or two, but it's all worth it now, to see the Tin Gypsy all ready to roll. Here's a little Before and After to give you an idea of the amount of work went into her rehabilitation and conversion to a mobile antique darkroom. We really need to thank many talented and generous people for donating their time and skills to the Project. A HUGE thanks to Joe, Mike, Lindsey, Maureen, Perla, Mikey, Ruby, Eric, Sarah, Glam and everybody else who pitched in to make this happen.[slideshow] And, of course, another huge thank you to all the backers who kickstarted this project. We could not have done it without you! You are awesome!
What had a lovely day of making plates in my backyard studio/laundry room darkroom! I had the pleasure of enjoying the company of Miss Sandria Dore, burlesque star and lovely human being.
The Tin Gypsy is coming along nicely so the tintype darkroom will be able to move out of the laundry room into it's new mobile home very soon! So exciting!