I spent part of yesterday breaking down a bag full of old film canisters. Now flattened and cut down to size, they are ready for wet plate!
This series of gelatin silver photographs was shot a few years ago with my friend Kristen and my Mamiya 645. We drove out along the sunrise highway, chasing the charred burned path left by the fires that burn naturally in that area every year. The butterfly is a symbol of new life and new beginnings. We were in this area before life had a chance to begin a new, hopefully Kristen left a little of her butterfly spirit behind to feed the land.
These images are offered in limited quantity. Email me if you would like to arrange for a photograph of either one of these images.
Four years ago Simon and I rented a houseboat on one of the canals in Amsterdam. We floated along with the locals for two lovely weeks, and took in as much of the city as we could. I made a collection of prints from some of my favorite quiet corners, all shot with my Mamiya 645 and printed to chamois paper.
Join me this Saturday at JDC fine art for the opening reception of
Proof of Life, a story of tintype portraiture.
2400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA
Saturday, August 25th 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Empty Vessels is a 32" x 96" series of 9 8"x10" tintypes mounted to 4 metal frames. This video shows the process of making the first tintype and the final piece.
This video will help you to modify any Polaroid back and allow you to shoot miniature tintypes using your medium format camera. When ready to shoot, simply pad the back with cotton to hold your plate in place. Happy shooting!
This 5x7 tintype was created last week, shot in studio with a 4A century studio camera and a Copal 3 360mm lens. The pearl has long been a symbol of unblemished perfection. To some ancient cultures the pearl was a symbol of the moon and it's magical powers. In this tintype, the woman of the moon is wrapped in pearls to link the unique perfection of the gemstones with the unique perfection that lives in each individual human spirit. No one pearl is like the next, and no one soul is like the last.
Weenis and I were published in this week's City Beat!
Here is a link to the article, written by Amy T. Granite, about my restoration and tintype work.
Jamie Huffman of Surface Furniture makes one of a kind furniture pieces with sustainability in mind from sketch to final concept. I recently shot the fireplaces at a La Jolla home for Surface. The dining room table is also a Surface piece, featuring a huge piece of marble as the table top held up by a custom steel base. You can see Jamie's work at his website, and more of my favorite images from the shoot below.
These photographs were taken two weeks ago at a local tintype event hosted my MOPA. I made tintypes on location and then had a guest lecture with MOPA director, Deborah Klochko where we discussed historical and modern tintype processes. These photographs were shot by Ken Kondo. Thank you to all who participated in such a fun day!
Want to use your beloved hasselblad camera to make tintypes? Well, all you need is a polaroid back, a few pieces of plastic, and some gorilla glue to make your own modification. I made this original mod to my hasselblad back about 3 1/2 years ago. While the gorilla glue may not be pretty in form, it is holds tight in function and has held up to years of hasselblad tintype creation. Please add your questions and successes to the bottom of this post!
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.