8x10 tintype of Master Jingchao Wu of Bei Dou Kung Fu
Wet plate collodion tintype captured with Century Studio camera
Jen Jansen, 2014
These two are intended to be married next year! We took a few studio tintypes for the first shoot. For the second shoot, we were on location at Northwestern Law School. Below is one of my favorite images, it actually is the first tintype we made. Because too much light was still coming into my darkbox the tintype solarized and created this neat effect.
Saturday morning I woke up early with the itch to get out into the park to make some tintypes. My loving husband was sweet to groggily drive me up to the park and help answer the questions of the many heads that popped up to ask about the type of camera we were using and 'what is a tintype?' These two were my favorite of the morning.
Reflections of the Botanical Garden, 2012
Shadows in the corridor, 2012
Wow! Just try to say that five times fast! I made a new batch of tintype button pins, plated by recycling old film cassettes and then exposing one at a time in camera. You can purchase one of your very own for $15 through my
web store, or you can purchase in person at the MOPA gift shop!
I was gifted a hoard of old tintype cases that were pretty beat up. I wanted to restore the cases and renew them in a way that I could use them to house some of my contemporary tintypes.
My first step was to take apart all of the old cases. I then cleaned the individual components. The metal matting was silver leafed, and the cases were painted black.
Reassembled, the cases are now ready for new tintypes!
First the cases were disassembled, cleaned, and newly painted:
The restored cases:
This little 1 1/2" pins are made from recycled film cassettes. The cassettes were first broken down, flattened and cut into shape. They were then coated with collodion and sensitized in a silver bath. Then placed in a 35mm camera, each plate was exposed and processed. Punched out and varnished with a tiny pin cemented to the back, they are ready to wear! You can buy them here in my shop, or you can purchase them in person at the MOPA gift shop.
Breaking down the cassettes:
I have been following a few alternative photography blogs lately that speak to working with different materials to create wet plate collodion images. The inspiration!
Here is my offering to the collection, two iphone ambrotypes and one gold iphone tintype. The ambrotypes were first coated with an albumen layer and were then exposed using my 4x5 Calumet camera with 210mm lens. It was a little tricky to make the image; I had to take the entire 4x5 camera into the darkroom to unload my 'plates', but the hard work was well worth all the effort! The images are of my favorite polaroid land cam 250, and of a Brownie box camera.
This was a great experiment and I will soon be plating more iphone ambrotypes of other images! Do you have any suggestions of what you would like to see captured to this medium?
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
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!