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...
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.
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!