Conrad Young is a husband, father and a professional photographer. He lives in San Diego, California.
Conrad specializes in Tintypes.
“Creating tintypes is the wet plate collodion process from the 1850s. It was the third type of photography. I make my images from silver, light and different elements. I Create them on glass, which are called ambrotypes, and in metal called tin types. The cameras and lenses I use are over 100 years old. “This is a living process of photography that will last over 200 years. It’s sharpness and quality are archival and negatives can be blown as large a see can print.”
We live in a time where we all carry a good camera that takes wonderful pictures. A world of (1s and 0s) up in a cloud or on a drive. We see our images on computers and phones and AR, our images have lost tangibility. To battle this I have stepped back In time 160 years in to the past, Into alchemy. I am not turning lead into gold but turning silver in to portraits. This is called wet plate collodion proses of photography. It was the Victorian era, and the American civil War. And the masses could now have affordable portraits, that stand the test of time. It was a time of craftsmanship and a time where things where built to last. The Wet Plate Collodion Process was invented in 1852 and was the main process used until the 1900s.
I take great care and pride in my work from mixing my own chemicals and find it as fun as the rest of the process. Part of the challenge is the fact that this process is done wet, which means no part of it can dry until the image is set or it will dry and not work. Each plate takes about 15-30 minuets to create an image that will last for hundreds of years, and is sure to become a family heirloom.
One of the things I love and always strive for is to finding hands on ways to create. 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 is magical and an experience. I feel everyone should have. Creating the look of 100 year old photography or a modern look using the same materials that were traditionally used is a passion of mine.
I am looking for
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 but right now I am focusing on wet plate.