We live in a time where we all carry good cameras that take wonderful pictures. A world of “1’s and 0’s” that live up in a cloud or on a drive. We mostly see our images on computers and phones. Our photography has lost the tangibility that our grand parents and great-grand parents had. To renew this palpability, I have stepped back in time to the 1850s, to the Victorian era, where wet plate collodion, also know as tin types and ambrotypes, were the rage. These wet plates were the second form of photography. Now the masses could have portraits! Heirlooms that would last for hundreds of years. It was a time of craftsmanship, where things where built to last. The cameras and lenses I use are over 100 years old and work as good as they did the day they were made. This is a living process of photography. The wet plates are made from silver, light, and a combination of different elements from the earth. I am using alchemy to create pictures; not to pull gold out of the ether, but instead using ether to turn silver into portraits. Part of the challenge of this process is that it must be done wet. This means no part of the image can dry until it has gone through the entire process and it is fixed, or it will not work. It takes about 15 minutes to create a single image.
I take great care and pride in my work from spending time with my clients, mixing my own chemicals, making images, and printing artwork worth displaying. I enjoy getting to know each client and it helps me to create a portrait fitting to their personality. One of the things I love and have always strived for is finding hands on ways to create art. I love things from the past. I enjoy taking tin or glass and transforming it into a silver image using earth, air, fire and water. This feels like magical form of photography incorporating history, and an experience I believe everyone will appreciate.
Commission Portrait Work: In studio or on location. Lets dream up something wonderful!
Tintype Booths: At events (perfect for weddings or party’s), people’s homes, or place of business.
I still use digital cameras for other projects that you might need and continue to do digital work for clients.
Contact me (949) 444-1769