Wet Plate Collodion

The wet plate collodion process is labor-intensive and requires keen attention. First, I cut a tintype out of black aluminium and pour salted collodion onto it. The plate is then immersed into silver nitrate. While it is still wet, it is exposed in the camera with my Voigtländer-Petzval 1846 lens. After exposure, each tintype is immediately returned to the darkroom for development and fix. The last step is to varnish the plate with sandarac lavender oil, which is applied by hand and warmed over an alcohol lamp.

Due to this process, each tintype is unique and possesses small imperfections that make each plate one of a kind. Tintypes can potentially last up to 150 years, so plan to pass the plates down to future generations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambrotype, 2012. Self Portrait

 

Wet Plate Collodion Tintype & Ambrotype 2022-2023 Price

Mini Plate (2.5” x 3.5”)

Tintype with wood holder $39

Ambrotype with wood holder $49

Framed $49 - $59

4x4 Plate

Tintype with wood holder $39

Ambrotype with wood holder $59

Framed $49 - $67

Half Plate (4.25” x 5 5/8”)

Tintype with wood holder $49

Ambrotype with wood holder $67

Framed $59 - $139

Full Plate (6.5” x 8.5”)

Tintype with wood holder $69

Ambrotype with wood holder $89

Framed $139 - $899

Fin & Flora and The Dilemma Series 

Matted and/or Framed $179 - $799

Limited edition 1/1 Plates 

Framed $1000 - $3000

Tintype Series of Work


ephemera

ephemera is a series of wet plate collodion photographs depicting flower arrangements. This project explores the significance of flowers to the rhythm of human life and the deep symbolism which we have imbued them with. While it is influenced by the compositions of still life paintings, the use of historical and alternative photographic processes presents to the viewer a fresh, provocative perspective on the beauty and meaning of flowers. (click on button below to continue...)

little bitty

The scenes depicted in this series of constructed imagery photographs could quite literally fit in the palm of your hand. Over the years, I have collected miniature props and figurines from antique, craft, garden, and secondhand stores, and in this series I use them to tell whimsical vignettes, often inspired by dreams. There is no single theme or story that unifies all these images, except perhaps a suggestion to the viewer to slow down and appreciate the little things in life.

Passage of Time

These historical processes, which I especially favor for my photographs of the aging structures of the American countryside, encourage the viewer to meditate on the passage of time. Wet plate collodion and ambrotype are venerable photographic techniques that have become all but lost with the passage of time, so I see a parallel between them and the vanishing barns, decaying grain silos and crumbling ghost towns that dot the American landscape.

The Dilemma

The Dilemma, portrays a figure who is half-cat, half-human. He has caught a white dove, a symbol of peace, and is contemplating what to do next. Does he follow his feline instincts and kill the bird, or will he instead nurture and befriend it? This is the dilemma he faces.

 

Limited Edition. Created 2020

5 Whole Plates - Sold Out

9 Half Plates - Sold Out

Contemplation

Contemplation is the second and largest of the pieces in the series. In it, Fin is seen in consultation with a trusted companion, Flora. The topic of their discussion is the fate of the white dove: will it be killed, taken in as a friend, or freed?

This piece depicts the importance of careful thought and the necessity of taking one’s time when making weighty decisions. I kept the following quote by Viktor Frankl in mind while crafting this piece: “Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lie our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.”

 

Limited Edition. Created June 4, 2022

Six 8x8 Tintype Plates - Matted 16x20 $239 Framed 16x20 $499

One 8x8 Ruby Red Ambrotype - Sold Out

One 8x8 Cobalt Blue Ambrotype - $299 includes stand

 

The Decision

The Decision is the third and last piece in the series. Here, Fin has finally made the choice to set the white dove free and go fishing instead. He arrives at the lake to a wonderful surprise: the bird has returned to keep him company.

By taking the time to contemplate his decision and by choosing to act mercifully, the protagonist has gained a new friend. By coming back in the end, the white dove has reciprocated the protagonist’s goodwill and offer of friendship.

 

Limited Edition. Created June 6, 2022

Ten Whole Tintype Plates - 11x14 Custom Mat $199, Framed 11x14 $399

Fin & Flora Series

Beginning in the 1850s with the invention of wet plate collodion, the average American could visit a photography studio to have their likeness captured. A popular gesture was to send these portraits “to a loved one as the era’s most enduring pledge of friendship.” At around the same time, the now-ubiquitous custom of wedding photography first took hold.

This piece, Fin & Flora, depicts one of these special days from the mid-19th century. The newlyweds are sharing the happiness of their nuptials with their friends and family; like the original wedding pictures from the 1850s, this one allows viewers to celebrate with the happy couple their hopes and dreams for the future.

 

Limited Edition

Fin - Seven Whole Plates Created June 4 & June 6, 2022. 

11x14 Custom Mat $179

 

Flora - Six Whole Tintype Plates. One Whole Plate Ruby Red Ambrotype. Created May 28, 2022. 

11x14 Custom Mat $179

One Whole Plate Ruby Red Ambrotype - $ includes stand

 

Fin & Flora Together Two Plates Custom Matted & Framed 16x20  $699 - $899