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. "You should find a job that pays at least.....to be happy, you should make less 'scary' images, you should be different, you should try and fit in." Que the audible grunt of exasperation. Not all of us were granted with educational funds, not all of us start out with privilege. When the race begins, some are already ahead. They have been granted support and praise from such an early age they don't know the difference of a life without. Some of us have been at it on our own for a long time, just trying to make something beautiful with our lives. 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.