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On the 21st of December we shot some nice plates at Nachtbazaar in TROUW, Amsterdam. Some people knew us from Magnet Festival earlier this year, but for a lot of visitors tinypes and ambrotypes were a totally ‘new’ thing. Our first ‘sitter’ that evening was an extraordinary man with his old terrier (which fell asleep during the six sec exposure…). And his picture came out perfectly, very aristocratic look and feel. It’s a shame we don’t have a picture of that plate…

A strange gathering, but nice indeed!

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The Tintype Studio at work!

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Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

“Mercedes engine of  Fokker D-VII”

Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

“1913 Buick”

Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

” Nord 1101 ‘Noralpha’s’ second smoking start in 40 years”

Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

Enjoying Nord 1101 ‘Noralpha’s’ beauty”

Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

Fokker D-VII

Black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

 

Wet Plate & Airplanes: the Early Birds!

Who says man can’t fly because we weren’t born with wings?

Thanks tot Peter van Hal, we had the privilige to go to Lelystad where The Early Birds Foundation is situated.

“The Early Birds Foundation aims to preserve the heritage of these and other ‘early birds’ by carefully restoring and rebuilding aircraft and engines. The results of these activities can be seen during airshows and by visiting our working museum.“

All were having some difficulties with exposure (Dutch weather) Alex Timmermans made some nice plates as Peter and Arjen were struggling with some chemical problems. But hey, troubleshooting is half the work and increases your skills.
Also Ferry vd Vliet and Raewyn Dunn were there to enjoy the wet plate process and airplanes.

As Alex beautifully points out on his blog (go see!). It is all about the passion. For both wet plate and aircraft. Passion for pushing limits and crossing boundaries.

I wasn’t there, which I regret, but somehow this craftmanship, the skill and patience for restoring and the love for being up there surrounded with sky, reminded me of some Shakespeare poetry (totally out of context, but whatever):

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go

(Hamlet)

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“Kosmo” black aluminum tintype 18 cm x 24 cm

“Joris with Light Canon by Curly & Blond” black aluminum tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

 

black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

black aluminum tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

 

black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

black aluminum tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

 

This was the first edition of Klaverkade, platform for artists and designers to present themselves to the ‘outside world’. In the theme Art, skills and technique we were probably a bit of a strange appearance, but then again, also an interresting attraction. We didn’t expect it to be that busy at our Tintype Studio, but we shot around 30 plates that day!
Here some of the results.

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black aluminum 2.8 cm x 4 cm tintypes medallions

“Alex at work” black aluminum 9 cm x 12 cm tintype

black aluminum 6 cm x 6 cm tintype

 

We adjusted an old SLR for the medallion size tintype and a Seagull for the 6 x 6. We love the small ones, although the camera’s are less impressive and we’d like to try ultra format size too one day :)

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black aluminum tintype 12 cm x 9 cm

black aluminum tintype 12 cm x 9 cm

 

miniature black aluminum tintype 2.8 cm x 4 cm

 

miniature black aluminum tintype 2.8 cm x 4 cm

 

In between the two day hang-out in Amersfoort we drove back to Amsterdam to enjoy some tintyping in the middle of the night at Starbikes, one of the spots where Nuit Blanche was held. The ladies ‘Van de Wijs’ came up with a Parisian ‘Bicycle Boudoir’. It was quite windy, we broke a few lightbulbs, but besides that it was an awesome evening with nice guests and gladly enough Club Mate, to keep us awake. Around 3 o’clock we left, knowing that within a few hours we’d be on our way back to Amersfoort again.

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While Luther & Peter were making ultra large format ambrotypes and Alex medium size plates (some nice ones of us!), we completed this weekend with the tiny medallion size tintypes. Good weather, nice live music and all in a beautiful garden (with wild strawberries!)

Alex Timmermans has a nice impression on his blog, so check it out, too!

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All black aluminum tintype 9cm x 12cm or 13cm x 18cm

 

 

April 2012, Ecuelles, France. A beautiful sight along the river Saone. Birds of pray everywhere, owls, lots of buzzing bees… As long as we’re not able to live in such a nice place, we’re glad that we have friends who do!

A good opportunity to test our mobile dark box… It still needs some adjustments, but we were perfectly able to use it for small and medium plates.
The blind curtain works well and so is the functionality of the bended tent-piece for holding the cloth!

 

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The weekend of the 26th and 27th of May the Tintype Studio was present at a small festival in beautiful Groenekan where we made tiny tintypes to be worn as jewels! It was hard work, and we are sorry for all the people who couldn’t be ‘tintyped’ because of the huge waiting list. Our spot was marvellous: in the shadow of a big big… no a really big tree, view over the stream behind the garden and accompanied by fantastic people.

For us a great opportunity to test our mobile darkbox! Now we can make the definite design for the real thing… and hopefully produce it for the use at more festivals and parties.

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2012 Tintype Studio @ ‘Gekkenhuis The Birtday Edition’ in VLLA (Amsterdam)

And of course we agreed on tintyping at this festival! There were birthday cakes, a lot of balloons, and free entrance if you were dressed up as a present. A lot of nice food (great burgers!) and of course music, games and storytelling. I was glad that there weren’t any Clowns invited… They scare the hell out of me! We decided to build a set-up with an old frame where all visitors could sit behind. Before taking a picture a haircut (by Vagabond Collective) was adviced. We made around 30 tintypes that day and evening!

Because a lot of the ‘models’ are friends or friends of friends mostly from Amsterdam, we organised a Tintype-Pick-Up-Party at our studio a few days later, with homemade food and drinks.

 

 

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