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Collodion overview handout by John Coffer

Click here to see a PDF version of John Coffer’s collodion overview hand-printed by the man on a letterpress.

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An ambrotype of John Coffer by my friend Bryan Hiott.

22 Mar 2010

Summer 2009 tintypes

Here are some wet plate collodion tintypes I made over the summer. They are actually wet plate collodion pictures on aluminum, not tin. The first three are old friends from Vienna. I went to high school with Jim here in Maine. But he’s been making his living in Austria as an actor and improvist for more than ten years. Nina, his long-time girlfriend, works at an avant guarde theatre in in Vienna where Jim often performs.

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Jim and Nina

I bought the bottle in a junk shop and I picked the flowers on John Coffer’s farm in upstate New York. He’s a modern master and re-discoverer of the wet plate collodion process. He taught me how to do it on his off-the-grid farm a few years ago.

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Queen Anne's Lace

This is an outtake from a publicity shoot I did for a University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre production. The director wanted photos that looked like vintage tintypes. Little did he know, he was talking to the right person.

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22 Mar 2010

Ready for battle

Eric Worthley poses for a 5×7 wet plate collodion tintype (on aluminum) wearing some of his Society for Creative Anachronism battle gear. That’s a two-handed Scottish broadsword, known as a claymore, he’s got in his hands. The hand tooled, leather scabbard was made by his father. He doesn’t use the claymore when he’s actually fighting. At that point, he uses a considerably less pointy sword made of rattan.

21 Mar 2010