We love it, we love it, we love it!
Makes us wish that we could make Tintypes all day long…
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!
Dutch Design Week 2011, Eindhoven
This is a small selection of all tintype mugshots we made in Eindhoven. Thank you all for your enthousiasm, the 6 seconds of your time and of course your lovely faces. Without you we wouldn’t have had a collection as diverse as it is now!
October Dutch Design Week 2011, Eindhoven.
The Tintype Studio went live and was temporary located at Designhuis, an old courthouse. For 10 days, people could get their mugshot taken the oldfashioned way! Every step in the proces, from brewing of the chemicals, floating the collodion, photosensitizing the plate, the 6 seconds exposure, developing and the varnishing, was visible for all visitors. 350 portraits in one week… what a practise…and what a criminal result!
Pollution: need we say more?
clear glass ambrotype
Wow, we love this lense (Voigtlander Euryscope 5 from around1886)… It’s sharpness and it’s depth is really something.
Well, at least we got an image…. But what on earth is that foggy stuff! Seems a layer of pure silver… Time for some troubleshooting: testing and remixing chemicals.
Now we know that we started out with a polluted collodion mixture (by accident we ‘melted’ a plastic measuring jug with ether). In combination with a bad batch of ammoniumiodine this is the result.
Alex’s Advice: work clean, cleaner, cleanest!!!
These are our new friends, Toxic and Flammable.
They help us tot produce our first batch of chemicals. Of course we know what to do with it, thanks tot the recipes Alex gave us and thanks to the safety precautions from the chemical supplier. They gave us a call to ask what our plans were with all this stuff, after placing the order. So now we are listed! Working with gloves, glasses and some masks, made mixing the ‘strange brew’ safer but not particularly easy… Oh and the corks are now replaced with silicon ones… as this cork is not airtight and that characteristic does not go well with volatile ingredients like ethanol and ether…Read More