I rarely print onto digital paper, but I restore a lot of photographs. When I create a restoration or preserve a digital file to an analog image, the question to my client is always the same. 'Is this something you want to have for a few years or is it important to preserve this image for the next generation?' Digital prints don't have the longevity of a traditionally processed silver gelatin fiber based photograph or of a hand crafted wet plate collodion tintype or ambrotype. The mediums are very different. Digital photographs are made with inks or dyes sprayed onto the surface of a sheet of paper. Traditional silver gelatin photographs and wet plate collodion images are made as an emulsion of silver is exposed to light. The difference in longevity comes in the mineral content of the silver vs. the synthetic nature of inks. Not every image is meant to last a lifetime, but some of your memories are too precious to let fade away. For these special moments I take my time and use the method I know will last the test of time. I love being able to help people make these memories come to life and rest easy knowing I can guarantee they will live on for generations.
I am always happy to take a look at your old family photographs and see what can be done to restore or preserve. Just email me about your project and we can see what is possible!
I love working with children to capture a special moment in their changing lives. Silver captures a special moment that lasts for generations. I can also make copies of your tintypes for grandma. We launched www.digitaltintypes.com for people to take any digital image and expose it as a silver rich tintype or ambrotype. It's with this technology that I expose tintype replications.
I'll be back with Freehand Chicago setting up tintypes in the penthouse. This is a fun and unique experience set up in a historic Chicago building. The tintypes are available for individuals and couples this time around. Tickets are available for this wet plate collodion pop up through the event section!
Isa stopped by to talk about restoration, saving digital photographs, and the ravages of time. Time that slips past us as we let life run over us in the day to day rush. Time that we want to freeze with images as we watch life grow. Here is a moment of frozen time with Isa as she grows into this new decade of living. I am loving this soft focus lens and asking my subject to move into focus as they move through their life. There is something about the softness with this image that gives me a sense of motion and truly freezing vibrating life.
This old photograph was printed in 1941 and was unfortunately stored in a tube. Storing the image this way made it quite brittle over time and as the emulsion dried out, the photograph cracked and ripped with each unrolling of the image. Careful attention to all the little details is given to restore these type of photographs. It was also important to preserve the signatures on the back of the photograph in someway, so I made special care to test both the photograph and the inks before soaking the silver gelatin print.
Thank you so much to the locals who know how challenging it can be to open a neighborhood shop. Your investment in my studio allows me to continue to invest in our local community and offer our neighborhood a unique heirloom shop. Thank you for keeping tintype photography a unique opportunity for Chicago families and neighbors. We make our city thrive!
I'll be hosting an open house on July 8th from 12-3. Come by and say hi!
I was recently interviewed by Voyage Chicago about my business. Here is the article. Have you found yourself alone in the struggle? I certainly have in my journey to create a place for myself with photography. Through the years I have gotten a lot of great, and terrible advice on what I should be doing. Through my own journey I have learned some valuable lessons, had some rewarding experiences, been treated like garbage, been treated like a genius, been questioned about my worth, been praised for my contributions, been ostracized for trying new things. I've had people use my name to sell their own work, I've had people trash my name to sell their own work. (Isn't the internet the best and worst of us?) Through it all, I just try to be myself, I try to be as honest as I can about who I am and what I can do. I try to push myself through rough patches and commit to this creative path that either I choose, or which chose me so long ago it no longer matters. Everyday you can get up and try, and that is what I keep doing. For those who keep kicking ass and use both feet, I salute you! It isn't easy to swim in a sea of negativity, but keep those arms moving! Eventually there will be land for you to stand.
Hello! Thank you for visiting my website. I am located in Chicago, IL and take appointments for tintypes & ambrotypes, children's panels and custom restoration work of old photographs. To contact for an appointment, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.