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
Tintype Studio x Alex Timmermans
“Specially for UNSEEN we will collaborate with Alex Timmermans, a great collodionist who has mastered this technique as no other. For 4 days they we’ll join our skills and different angles on wet plate photography.”
What that means… we don’t know yet, but we ‘re gonna have a lot of fun! Hope the weather will be kind for us.
We’re in the UNSEEN festival program, so that means no entrance tickets are needed for where we are located at Westergas. (in front of the Espresso Fabriek)
When? September 26 – 27- 28- 29 from 12.00 – 22.00 (29th from 12.00 -17.00)
Fair & Festival Site
1014 DD Amsterdam
For more info you can always check:http://www.unseenamsterdam.com/festival-sqaure-initiatives
“Little Bike” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm
“Guido” clear glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm
“Girl” brown glass ambrotype 13 cm x 18 cm
Sweet Summer @ Kroller Muller, July 13th 2013
My first reaction (driving into the Natural Park surrounding the museum):
“Wow, I wish I could live here…”
Second reaction (driving directly with our rental bus into the Sculpture Garden):
“Wow I wish I could camp here…forever”
Third reaction (rinsing our first plate):
“Wow… this is not work, this is holiday!”
On invitation of Kroller Muller’s Sweet Summer, we packed our gear, and drove to the most beautiful area in the Netherlands, the Veluwe.
Unfortunately we don’t have permission (yet) to publish all the lovely plates we made of some sculptures, but here are some results!
Note: July the 27th we’re there again, for wet plates in the sculpture garden! We hope to see you there!
“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.
“Suzy-Yzus” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
Tjeerd, the proud owner of this lovely lady!
“Beard#1″ tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“Beard#2″ tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“Beard#3″ tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
Thank you for being bearded (April 2013)
At Open Domein the amount of bearded man was extraordinary as was the amount of people on the waiting list. Time to filter a bit: only the strong and bearded were allowed to have their picture taken…
“Gaia” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
“Mark” grey glass ambrotype 9 cm x 12 cm
“Anne” tintype 9 cm x 12 cm
“Mark” tintype 9 cm x 12 cm
“Me” tintype 9 cm x 12 cm
TROUW Nachtbazaar #2 (March 2013)
Some plates we shot in TROUW. New and flawless collodion, a fresh reduced silverbath, and beautiful faces to shoot. Good ingredients are half the work.
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.
All: tintype or colored glas ambrotype 9 cm x 12 cm
Kiekie No2 Launch
With our ‘humble’ set-up with bright (day)lights, enough booze for the visitors, exhibitants and spectators, we’d manage to get the most divergent reactions. From the “I-love-oldschool-wow-this-is-fantastic!” to the “you-are-so-cheap-ass-not-taking-photography-serious-as-a-business-with-your-funfair-like-act” and all possible comments in between.
I can’t think of something more difficult than shooting photographers. And that’s exactly what we (mostly) did this evening. From that perspective, we’ve put ourselves into the line of fire.
Nice, I won’t hesitate to do that again!
Thank you Fotolab Kiekie!
"Bas" dark yellow glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm
A portrait from our night in TROUW. We love this one. His blue hair appears as if it is blonde. His jewelry refers almost to a long forgotten empire from the past. His eyes closed, and his hands fragile, makes you think he is dreaming about the times he was ruler of the world. Thank you Bas, for this one!