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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!

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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!

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July 2011
Pollution: need we say more?

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clear glass ambrotype

June 2011
Wow, we love this lense (Voigtlander Euryscope 5 from around1886)… It’s sharpness and it’s depth is really something.

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June 2011
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!!!

 

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June 2011
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…

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May 2011
O.K. And then it’s time to build our own workflow. Starting with a darkroom, which is a room that already was dark… but needed some adjustments. Thanks to dad, who made a huge hole in de wall, for the water supply system, and thanks tot mum, who is now taking care of the chickens that came along with the stainless steel sink. Well we might use their eggs one day for some Albumen printing process… you never know…

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“Manon” black glass ambrotype

 

“Arjen” black glass ambrotype

“Arjen” clear glass ambrotype

March 2011
A one-day Wet Plate Collodion Workshop by Alex Timmermans. As a teacher Alex did really great, his workflow was inspiring and his love for this technique contagious. He gave just enough background information but soon after that the workshop turned out to be a hands-on job. We produced 8 plates!
These are the ones we love most. Our fascination for Wet Plate Colllodion became airborne that day.

 

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