This past Tuesday we played host to travelling photographer Giles Clement. In a station wagon stuffed with old cameras, light equipment, wet plate collodion chemicals and a spry Irish Terrier, Giles has traversed North America taking portraits in each city and town he finds himself.
It was really interesting to watch the process behind each photograph. Tintypes were in fashion in the late nineteenth century - the photograph is made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of aluminum coated with a dark lacquer used to support the photographic emulsion. From flash to finished photo is about 10 minutes. There's a real magic to it.
We had many customers arrive for a portrait and one customer in particular, Mike Stinson (pictured above), summed it up best on his Instagram account: "I often wonder how much of our lives and memories will be lost to this digital age. for this reason, I have fallen in love with the tangibility and longevity of old photographic mediums. youth fades, computers cash and in 20 years I'll still have this photograph."
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