“200, at least” tintype 9 cm x 12 cm
“Hollyhocks” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm
A view to varnish
Arjen shoots, I varnish and write.
This is my table for either writing or a huge varnish job like this. Still I’m about 200 plates behind… And I wonder if I’ll ever catch up. The brown paper that protects the surface of my table is covered with words and scribbles from my hand. Stained with lavenderoil and resin.
Through the window I see a tree with a Spotted Woodpecker couple, the other tree is the buffet for a Short-toed Treecreeper, walking round and round every branch. In between the trees a Hedgehog likes the kind of buffet that walks by itself: snales and slugs. Before I can think of the next neighbour to write about, my plate catches fire and a blue flame boils and blisters the sanderac and what could have been a good varnishing job is now ruined or at least another attempt is needed.
I keep saying to myself that I’ll finish this job before the Hollyhocks next to the lantarn will bloom…
“VanGendthallen” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm
“Richard” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm
“Bas” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“Bas with bas” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
Another festival with demonstrations, along with all different kinds of arts & crafts. Shooting plates in an area that we now know is probably going to close: the VanGendthallen next to Roest Amsterdam. We hope the new owners will keep the light from the roofglass. It’s lovely. As you can see.
“Emrys” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm
Emrys, is a wonderful ‘sitter’. I guess he’s used to it, but he still manages to not overpose, or get bored. This is one of the of 20 plates that he posed for that day. He held track of it and aimed for a (new) world record!
“Laguiole, FaceBook, tequila and me” tintype 13 x 18 cm
Gold toned albumen print of wet plate negative by the wonderful Borut Peterlin
“Lane” tintype 13 x 18 cm
European Collodion Weekend 2014
Again it is time for us all wet plate nerds to gather around the fire (lit with collodion of course) to have a good in depth conversation about our chemistry, our mistakes and successes. Of course in relationships like these, there is a moment for booze, for frustration and relief (always when the group picture is done). A hello, a hug, a kiss and goodbye again. Until we meet again folks! Thanks!
This guy makes awesome pics. A true lomographer. This is him with some nice old gear.
“OM2” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm”
“Zorky10” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm”
“Hasselblad 500CM” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm”
and some pics he shot back…. [shot with Olympus OM2 with unexpired superia 1600] mrmaart.tumblr.com
“Arjen” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm”
and his VERY first wet plate of Arjen …
“Dress” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
This is what we do on a Sunday afternoon: while I’m working on a dress and some props for a shoot next Wednesday, Arjen shoots a two minute exposure sneaky shot and this is the result. Oh how we love making, making, making.
This was Tintype Studio in full glory. (is that a proper English way to say that we were ‘at our best’?)
Four days of ethousiastic visitors consuming the lovely sight of seeing a plate appear in fixer. Sometimes even a soft choir of oh’s and ah’s was heared. Made me smile, and work even harder. For the first time we actually felt appreciated for our craftmanship, not only for the results.
Our collaboration with Alex Timmermans was a perfect fit. And where our passion and the photography-loving visitors met, the actual fun in creating and sharing was felt deeply.
Thank you Alex, thank you visitors and thank you UNSEEN for anchoring this great an unexpected experience within.
Nothing better than the smell of ether in the morning…
tintype 9 cm x 12 cm
Alex handling Roys XL plate before fixer
Roy filming his own portrait in fixer.
Manon prefers the smell of varnish over ether… By the way this is a lovely ambrotype we made of Jo Fraser
Manons temporarily spot for varnishing without wind. Although she loves pizza, this time it’s the perfect delivery box for an XL plate
The result of a beautiful ‘sitter’ a very skilled Collodionist (Alex) with good chemistry and a well varnishing job.
Tintype 13 cm x 18 cm in delivery box.
Although proud, it’s always hard o say goodbye to something you love.
Wrapping freshly varnished portraits at night
Visitors before opening time
Another tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“Playground” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
Our playground, where you can find us working and living together as a couple to create, to cry, to enjoy and celebrate, to love and trust.
Maintain, restore and create…
In this whole Tintype thing there should be more time for us to work on plateholders, inlays, restoring camera’s and so on. A bit jealous we are when we see Rick working in full focus on two of our camera’s. On two new plateholders to be exact. It makes us wish we’d have the patience and skills to make these, but then again it’s also a feast to see his work in progress from this point of view.
We can’t wait to see everyone again who was there last year in Eindhoven… Let’s make awesome plates and conversate by the campfire untill dawn.