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 …

 

Things my cats kill!

Things my cats kill!

I’ve been kicking myself for not starting a series of images like this sooner. We’ve got two rescue cats and every now and again they will …

 

Muttonchops….

Muttonchops….

Great facial hair on this chap and at a guess he’s also a redhead from those freckles etc. On a close up of his face you …

 

Mather Lane Mill overexposure

Mather Lane Mill overexposure

After visiting Butts Mill I popped back to Mather Lane Mill to one of the side streets that look back along the canal to the …

 

Butts Mill, Leigh

Butts Mill, Leigh

I shot 4 clear glass plates here at Butts Mill in Leigh and managed to scratch every one of them, so decided to shoot a …

 

Old man tin

Old man tin

Heres another tintype to add to my growing collection. Looks a real gent. This ones 4.5 x 5.5 inches

 

Mather Lane Mill, Leigh

Mather Lane Mill, Leigh

There are plenty of old mills in Greater Manchester, some in better condition than others. Plenty have been flattened to make way for supermarkets and …

 

Glass strip negs?

Glass strip negs?

I’ve never seen a strip of negatives shot on glass before. Not sure if they were originally captured to glass or copied later on, but …

 

Plate stands

Plate stands

I’ve been looking for a way of showing plates either at home or for other display purposes. Framing seems a little formal and detracts somewhat …

 

Trying out whole plate.

Trying out whole plate.

Visited North Yorkshire again and surprise surprise whenever I took the camera out it started to rain. This is the third time the weather has …

 

Dallmeyer Rapid Rectilinear Wholeplate

Dallmeyer Rapid Rectilinear Wholeplate

Nice little Dallmeyer RR lens that covers whole plate, shame it didnt arrive in time for my trip to North Yorkshire. This is of the waterhouse …

 

Amateur Photographer Mag

Amateur Photographer Mag

Four page article in Amateur Photographer Magazine by Oliver Atwell showcasing the images taken for the Saltburn Victorian Photography Festival. Tech info provided by John Brewer. …

 

Double trouble

Double trouble

Two tintypes of a young boy taken at the same time. I know that some photographers shot several images on the one larger plate and …

 

Ross Epidiascope….. whats left of it.

Ross Epidiascope….. whats left of it.

I picked up a Ross Epidiascope the other week just to see what lenses came with it. It came with three different sizes. 4 1/2 inch …

 

Hot Chemistry

Hot Chemistry

Well the trip to Satlburn for the exhibition opening went well. Great weather again and bumped into an old Uni friend at the gallery.Didn’t manage …