tintype 13 x 18 cm
“Iron & water” tintype 13 x 18 cm
Dark amber glass ambrotype 13 x 18 cm
A rainy day, foggy when the sun finally broke through. Rain and old gear are not best friends, but it seems that rain and Wet Plate are completely fine with each other.
Accompanied by the sound of forging metal and sizzling water from the blacksmith next to our spot, we sort of we bumped into a bearded sitter (whose plate melted under varnish last year), two ladies selling old fashioned candy, a family taking a break, and as always we bumped into some great ‘silent’ stills…
“James” blue glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm
“Coen” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“Coen” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“Meral” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
Partytime Tintype Studio @ LobsterHouse
We had some drinks, took along our chemistry and shot some partypeople. Need we say more?
Of course with this we refer to wet plate collodion at a private party…
“Caffè Sotto 6’32’’ ” tintype 13 x 18 cm
‘The Light Recordings’
Chapter #1: Coffee : Caffè Sotto 6’32’’
‘The Light Recordings’ is a series of artworks and installations about recording time and compressing it in a single or a series of images/objects.
Chapter I, ‘Coffee’, is where we record different brewing methods with Wet Plate Collodion technique. One record has a shutter time as long as it takes to brew from start untill end. Caffè Sotto 6’32’’ took us 6 minutes and 32 seconds to shoot and brew.
In collaboration with:
Special thanks to:
A framed fine art repro of this tintype is now ‘on the road’ with the Coffee & Arts project (http://www.coffeeartproject.com/Amsterdam/Gallery.aspx)
“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.
“Irene” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
This shoot was planned on a Wednesday afternoon, with the three of us and two dogs walking around the house, we had great fun!
Crafts and crafts attract…
Check out her work: http://www.bouwsels.moonfruit.com/
“Before” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“After” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“No! Not this plate! Gr!@$%^&&” (!!! (some words not apropriate to repeat…)
When we think we’ve come a bit closer to mastering this unique process, something like this happenes:
A plate (a lovely one) has to be varnished at one point (or another). That is my job, that’s what I am good at. After a week of tweaking the varnish, (a drop of more demi, a drop of ethanol when it flows too slow) it seems perfect. I give it a go with a test plate. Result is fine. I warm this plate a bit, handwarm, as it should be. I flow the varnish (sanderac dissolved in ethanol with a finishing touch of some lavenderoil to get the cohesia a bit better) and then it happens: the plate gets dark, edges smudge, and I can see tiny cracks appear in the silvery image… If I pour off the varnish, I know, the whole image will float off the plate…
And I curse, almost cry.
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.
I don’t know how come, but it seems there is a little angel on our schoulders when it comes to finding places and events to present the Tintype Studio. We never plan, or make reservations at all!
Again this year we were invited to tintype for two days during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. We needed a residu for the days we weren’t there. That’s when we decided to build an installation with a big kaleidoscope and some ambro’s we made during the intended two days.
Because of the positive responses we had due to a nice interview in NRC Next that week, we couldn’t leave! So we ended up with 10 days of making tintypes en ambrotypes, a nice installation next to us and having a lot of fun.
“Two-ish” double exposure black glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm
“Barbara” black glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm
“Alex” and “Barbara” black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm
“Alex alike his greatgrandfather” black aluminum tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
Need we say more?
Maybe it’s nice to say that we tried to make the shot of Alex look like an old tintype of is great grandfather.
And Barbara, we only need few lights to enlighten half of her face to see what a beauty she is!