Tempest and Sunshine

Tempest and Sunshine

Here two tintypes that came in a job lot. Ones a little out of focus but the other is better. The book in the seated ladies …

 

Car boot booty

Car boot booty

I should go to more car boot sales… I was looking for bits and bobs for the new mobile darkroom but you can never have enough …

 

Quick contact prints..

Quick contact prints..

Had an hour or two spare this evening after a digital job at MMU. Steph was working till 7 so I popped to the studio …

 

Looking a little out of place….

Looking a little out of place….

Heres a little 1/6 plate tintype I picked up on the cheap off feepay. Theres something about that chap at the back of the shot that …

 

I am so excited to announce……

I am so excited to announce……

…………….the beginning of a new mobile darkroom. What else could it have been;) The Temperance project for PHM has a couple of awkward shots right in the …

 

DEMON DRINK: TEMPERANCE & THE WORKING CLASS

DEMON DRINK: TEMPERANCE & THE WORKING CLASS

The Peoples History Museum, 30 June 2012 — 24 February 2013 Today I started on a recent commission by the Peoples History Museum  as part of their …

 

Tatton Park Biennial

Tatton Park Biennial

Steph and I took a trip out to Tatton Park to put our “we must be getting old” National Trust membership to some use. Had forgotten …

 

“A present from Whitby” – a family’s holiday ambrotypes.

“A present from Whitby” – a family’s holiday ambrotypes.

Its amazing what you can get in an empty Flora margarine tub nowadays. I’d sold one of my cameras recently and rather than the money get …

 

Delamere Forest – World Wet Plate Day 2012

Delamere Forest – World Wet Plate Day 2012

Okay so its World Wet Plate Day and its also a Bank Holiday in the UK. Steph, Sue and Pat went off for a cycle …

 

Fujicolor PRO 400 in ID-11……?

Fujicolor PRO 400 in ID-11……?

Okay so after dev’ing that roll of Kodak, I have some ID-11 left over. Something I’ve never done because I never had reason to was …

 

Bois Durci

Bois Durci

Heres a Union Case made by S.Peck & Co made from Bois Ducri. Nope? me neither so I had to look it up. Bois Durci – …

 

Found film no.2

Found film no.2

This roll of film has been sitting in the cupboard since I took it out of some camera last year. Another roll of Kodak Panchromatic. Decided …

 

Studio tintypes…forgot I had these.

Studio tintypes…forgot I had these.

Found these three tintypes in amongst some other items on my desk at home. I could swear I had blogged these but can’t seem to …

 

World Wet Plate Day 2012 May 5th

World Wet Plate Day 2012 May 5th

We’ll be sorting something out for May 5th again this year so keep checking back, its also a year since we moved into the studio. I’ll …

 

Mouldy old ambrotype

Mouldy old ambrotype

Heres an old ambrotype of a family at the seaside, its quite a common scene in Victorian imagery. Whats different with this one is that the …

 

Field Tutorials

Field Tutorials

As the weather begins to improve I’m getting myself ready for some larger 12×15 landscapes. I’ve increased the darkroom space in the back of the van …

 

Recycled Kodak No.3 Folding Pocket Camera

Recycled Kodak No.3 Folding Pocket Camera

On my recent visit to South Wales I called in to see my parents for a couple of hours, whilst there I picked up a …

 

The Freemans

The Freemans

I’ve just got back from South Wales after having had a great time at my good friend, Andy, 40th Birthday surprise bash. Stayed at a …

 

Say it with flowers…

Say it with flowers…

Heres an interesting studio tintype. I have no idea of the significance of these extra large flower adornments. If anyone can enlighten me then drop …

 

Mug shot

Mug shot

A mate of mine, Andy, visited on the weekend for a few beers as we’d not met up in quite a while (3 years…oops). We …

 

Manchester Brigade Fire Escape

Manchester Brigade Fire Escape

Heres a scan of an item from the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum archive. After our chat at the MHF about some of the plates/images …

 

Mystery object…

Mystery object…

…well sort of. I know its a plate/film holder for a camera but I’ve no idea of its exact purpose. I can see its not all …

 

He reminds me of somebody…

He reminds me of somebody…

Lovely small plate of a well dressed chap, there was something about him that reminded me of someone, have another look and maybe you’ll see …

 

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

I’ve just got home from a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. It was at the MHF that someone visiting my stall …

 

The Godlee Observatory, Manchester Astronomical Society

The Godlee Observatory, Manchester Astronomical Society

On Wednesday I attended one of MAS open days at the Godlee Observatory. At the MHF Celebration Day at the Town Hall one of their …

 

Outdoor tintypes II

Outdoor tintypes II

Heres another batch of outdoor tintypes to add to the collection. The one above is a little unusual, not in that she doesn’t look too happy, …

 

Manchester Histories Festival website

Manchester Histories Festival website

Thanks MHF for posting a link to my blog from your webpage. I’d like to find out who took the image and see if they …

 

New lens panels…..

New lens panels…..

Now I can usually knock up a lens panel out of plywood when need be but they are usually square or rectangular, now a circular …

 

Manchester Histories Festival 2012 Celebration Day

Manchester Histories Festival 2012 Celebration Day

I would like to thank everybody who took the time to stop by my stand at the Manchester Histories Festival at the Town Hall yesterday. …

 

Like Mother like daughter…

Like Mother like daughter…

Heres a CDV tintype of a mother and daughter. Now if she aint a chip off the old block I dont know what is? They say …

 

Quarter plate box

Quarter plate box

Just got this through the post for tomorrows event. Its a wooden storage box for a dozen quarter plates. I’ll put it to good use …

 

Darkbox suitcase

Darkbox suitcase

At the Peoples History Museum event I used a small cupboard in their workspace, for the Manchester Histories Festival at the Town Hall on Saturday …

 

The lads day out…

The lads day out…

I guess we think of tintypes and ambrotypes as mainly a Victorian photographic process but it was used well into the next century. Looking at these …

 

Gandolfi tripod revamped

Gandolfi tripod revamped

I bought this Gandolfi tripod of Feepay as I’d sold my last vintage wooden tripod and regretted it. This one is much more sturdy and …

 

Manchester Histories Festival

Manchester Histories Festival

Celebration Day 3rd March 2012 Manchester Town Hall 10.00am – 5.30pm I’ll be attending the Manchester Histories Festival Celebration Day at the Town Hall if anyone …

 

Remember this….

Remember this….

I have several plates sitting around my desk, I pick them up occasionally to reflect upon, this one was taken in the Polaroid passport camera. …

 

Scotland for the brave…

Scotland for the brave…

February probably isn’t the best time if year to spend a week in Scotland. We’d not been to “The Machars” before so wasn’t too sure …

 

Three young ladies outdoors.

Three young ladies outdoors.

This is a lovely crisp plate, shot outdoors, I do like plates that are shot elsewhere than the studio. Not sure if its a Wedding photograph …