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This guy makes awesome pics. A true lomographer. This is him with some nice old gear.

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“OM2″ tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Zorky10″ tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Hasselblad 500CM” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

 

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and some pics he shot back…. [shot with Olympus OM2 with unexpired superia 1600] mrmaart.tumblr.com

 

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“Arjen” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

and his VERY first wet plate of Arjen …

 

 

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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.

 

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Nothing better than the smell of ether in the morning…

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tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

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Alex handling Roys XL plate before fixer

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Roy filming his own portrait in fixer.

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Manon prefers the smell of varnish over ether… By the way this is a lovely ambrotype we made of Jo Fraser

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Manons temporarily spot for varnishing without wind. Although she loves pizza, this time it’s the perfect delivery box for an XL plate

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The result of a beautiful ‘sitter’ a very skilled Collodionist (Alex) with good chemistry and a well varnishing job.

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Tintype 13 cm x 18 cm in delivery box.

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Although proud, it’s always hard o say goodbye to something you love.

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Wrapping freshly varnished portraits at night

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Visitors before opening time

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Another tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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What will happen if you coat an unvarnished wet plate with cyanotype solution. On the same plate. That’s the question I asked myself last saturday. And this is what happened. Very pleased, and a whole new project to work on!

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“Before” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

 

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“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.
It hurts.
Damn.

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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.

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ECW 2013!
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.

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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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TinType Studio: the wet plate collodion process.

We love it, we love it, we love it!
Makes us wish that we could make Tintypes all day long…

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December 2nd 2011
Premsela (Institute for Fashion & Design) invited us to speak at a lecture ‘Hot Photography’  to talk about the Tintype Studio. It’s one out of a series ‘Masters of Amateurism’
It was located in FOAM, during the expo ‘What’s Next’ (what a nice coincidence) Because there wasn’t the space nor possibility to build the live set-up over there, we had a nice video made… We hope that the passion we have for this type of image-making was noticed!

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Dutch Design Week 2011, Eindhoven.
Even our own Wet Plate Guru came along, to watch and see, and to make this nice picture of Arjen showing the process to visitors.

foto: Alex Timmermans

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