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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

Chekhov tintype

Anton Chekhov's The Bear / The Proposal

I learned how to make wet plate collodion pictures from a modern master, John Coffer, on his farm in Dundee, New York where he has neither running water nor electricity. John is a true American original and one of the pioneers of the “back to collodion” movement. I made this picture because the director wanted pictures that looked like tintypes to go with the production of two 19th century one-act plays by Anton Chekhov. I said I could do him one better. I could make actual tintypes.

3 Jan 2010