The attached plates were made at a large plate workshop I hosted last weekend. We made tintypes in 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 sizes in both indoor and outdoor settings.
I want to thank you for Sunday's workshop and for letting me share it with my husband. He loved the experience, loved witnessing the magic of the moment the image reveals itself, and loved his down and dirty portrait. We talked last night about how seeing one's self photographed like that creates a sort of detachment from the person we think we are and makes us feel like part of history. We could be anyone, from any time period. It is simultaneously humbling and empowering. We also commented on how open you are to sharing your craft. Instead of keeping it to yourself, you let it live and encourage others to take to up. You do your best to demystify it and assure us that we can do it on our own, but let me tell you, we still see you as a modern-day wizard! Can't wait to pick up our portraits! - Hilary G
Throwback Thursday: Here is a restoration I made last year that I wanted to revisit. I get a lot of phone calls about all that is possible with photographic restoration, most calls speak about the photograph as a precious family treasure. Often the image to be worked on is the only image of that family member. I start slowly with each photograph, I sit with it for a few minutes just looking at the damage and think about where to begin. This photograph is like a lot of images that I restore. It has damage to the face, as well as texture to the paper to work around. I created a new negative, then printed a silver gelatin fiber print. I then sepia toned, painted with oil, and varnished the final photograph.