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.
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!
Very excited to be heading to the BUST Craftacular at Maker Faire in September. If you are in the city, stop by and say hello. My favorite is a coptic-stitch bound artist's sketch book, with tintype covers. Beauty and usefulness! More info about the event here: http://www.bust.com/craftacular/craftacular-home.html