Outdoor couple

Outdoor couple

Heres a lovely little tintype. The detail is amazing. Got to love his casual informal posing. This has to be one of my favourites so far, …

 

The camera graveyard

The camera graveyard

Today I began cleaning the studio as its in good need of it but to break up the monotony of it all I put together …

 

Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter

Unusual tintype of a Father and his young daughter. Unusual as this one is 5×7 inches, smaller plates are much more common. Again this has …

 

Peoples History Museum – Creative Craft Day

Peoples History Museum – Creative Craft Day

I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to stop at my stall on Saturday at the PHM Creative Craft Day. And a …

 

Everythings coming up roses.

Everythings coming up roses.

With the “Creative Craft Day” at the Peoples History museum fast approaching I thought it best to shoot a couple of plates that might appeal …

 

12×15 inch camera project.

12×15 inch camera project.

Okay okay I know I said I’d try not to buy any more but this is the last one, honest, I can stop whenever I …

 

An outdoor tintype

An outdoor tintype

Now most tintype examples I have are shot in the photographers studio. Heres one shot outdoors, I have acouple of others that are shot outdoors …

 

Manchester Weekender Art Fair at the Peoples History Museum.

Manchester Weekender Art Fair at the Peoples History Museum.

Alternative/Historical printing processes can be just a little bit of a pain when you change the slightest thing in your workflow. We’d set up a new …

 

Small tintypes revisited

Small tintypes revisited

Back in June I played around with making some really small tintypes….Link to past blog post So today to get a break from test printing Van …

 

Small Things

Small Things

In the unit opposite our studio Small Things have been rehearsing for their up and coming performance at the Whitworth Art Gallery. I grabbed them briefly …

 

Not too happy…

Not too happy…

This weeks tintype is of a not very happy young girl….just look at that face. Says “I’m not happy about this but lets get it …

 

Kirsteen Aubrey – Glass Artist

Kirsteen Aubrey – Glass Artist

Today Kirsteen came into the studio to see the wetplate process and how it may work in a collaboration she has with Prof. David Crow. It …

 

Problem plates explored

Problem plates explored

Ok following on from yesterdays weird problem plates outdoors heres some test plates done in the studio. Firstly the original camera and chems but in the …

 

Problem plates

Problem plates

Had a few problems with these recent plates. Was shooting on a recently acquired 13×18 tailboard camera and the resultant plates had some very weird …

 

Tintype of two friends

Tintype of two friends

What I like about these plates is their anonymity. You have no way of knowing the sitters stories and thats what makes them so intriguing …

 

Ian MacGillivray

Ian MacGillivray

Today I was shooting some of Ians work digitally ready for his forthcoming exhibition catalogue. Ian is an artist who specialises in the wild places …

 

Gopal

Gopal

I met Gopal at a colleagues leaving party. I immediately thought he’d look great in wetplate. Today he and his partner Donna popped into the …

 

Painted studio backgrounds?

Painted studio backgrounds?

I bought these blind off Feepay, was worth a punt as I thought they would be great fun for the studio and any that weren’t …

 

The Usual Suspects.

The Usual Suspects.

The cats have declared war on the local vole population. Six in two days is pretty good for them. I’ve had a word to them and …

 

Scarey Dad…

Scarey Dad…

This week I received this little plate. Theres something that I cant quite put my finger on with it, its a little alarming and also …

 

The photographers studio.

The photographers studio.

I bought a painted canvas backdrop off Feepay for 99p as it was grey with a blue centre, thinking it might come out lighter in …

 

Was feeling light headed….

Was feeling light headed….

Shot a quick plate yesterday of John that was totally underexposed and was the only bit of clean cut glass I had with me, so …

 

Two more for the stable.

Two more for the stable.

Ok I admit it, I have a problem. When I see a real nice plate camera going for a real good price, I cant help …

 

Hopefully will scrub up nicely…

Hopefully will scrub up nicely…

This is a really sharp plate under all the muck and varnish. I’ve got hold of an article from one of the journals on how to …

 

Llyn Gwynant

Llyn Gwynant

Why is that whenever I take my wetplate gear with me camping it always rains? This Bank Holiday weekend Steph and I went camping to a …

 

The Glass Journey: An exploration of narrative and symbol.

The Glass Journey: An exploration of narrative and symbol.

Kirsteen Aubrey is a contemporary glass artist and lecturer at MMU who is known for beautiful and evocative forms and landscapes in cast and blown …

 

The big sister….

The big sister….

Heres a lovely tin that I assume is of two sisters. I can understand the little one looking so weary…if that was my sister I’d be …

 

W. Wastons & Sons Universal Studio Camera…I think.

W. Wastons & Sons Universal Studio Camera…I think.

I couldn’t resist. I know I’ve just bought a studio camera with John but when I saw this on good old Fleabay for such a …

 

Carson & Miller

Carson & Miller

Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller have worked collaboratively as Carson & Miller since 2000. They experiment with audio and the spoken word, live game playing …

 

Billygoat Beard

Billygoat Beard

This weeks vintage tintype is of a great looking bearded chap. Its in a half union case. I’ve taken it apart so you can see how …

 

Cat kill in its coffin

Cat kill in its coffin

This little chap was brought proudly to me by Thomas today, he brought it into the lounge, dropped it on the rug and miaowed a …

 

Tintype of a young boy

Tintype of a young boy

Really nice tintype of a young boy. Really like the lighting in this portrait and facial detail is excellent. And stripey trousers….how did they fall …

 

Dead Bird II

Dead Bird II

I had put this plate to one side and forgotten about it, I had thought it too overexposed, and it was the last plate I …

 

Can you tell what it is yet….

Can you tell what it is yet….

I saw this on Fleabay the other week and it didn’t sell as there was only one image of it and the seller wasn’t too …

 

Epidiascope lenses x 2

Epidiascope lenses x 2

Another two epidiascope lenses that I got off Fleabay. Ones about 6 or 7 inch and the other about 11 inch. Must check my maths as …

 

Tintype of a young girl and her brother maybe

Tintype of a young girl and her brother maybe

You have to see this plate to truly appreciate how sharp it is and a really nice pose. And thats one heck of a fringe. One …

 

Half a dead bird…

Half a dead bird…

Cats have been busy boys this weekend. One bird, two voles? and a shrew (I think) Who’d have thought there was so much wildlife in …

 

Gem tintype of a young woman

Gem tintype of a young woman

Following on from my tests with small tintypes I purchased this small gem tintype in a mount about the size of a CDV. This one measures …