Portraits
Brad and Andrea
Brad and Andrea

I recently drove from Arizona to Minnesota, by way of Ohio. Long story as to why I drove, but the point of this part of the story is that I stopped along the way in Memphis, Tennessee, to visit my grad-school classmates Andrea Morales and Brad Vest. They introduced me to Bryant’s, and I gave […]

Shiprock, Valley of the Gods, and the Goosenecks
Shiprock, Valley of the Gods, and the Goosenecks

Tintype Roadtrip I used my recent trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park as an excuse to further explore the Four Corners region of northwestern New Mexico, northeastern Arizona, and southeast Utah, and make some tintypes along the way. The trip totaled around 2200 miles, and as per my new obsession with camping for free, […]

Great Sand Dunes Centennial Tintype Weekend
Great Sand Dunes Centennial Tintype Weekend

Great Sand Dunes National Park Centennial Tintype Weekend As I wrote about earlier, the National Park Service asked me to be part of their Centennial Celebrations by spending two days at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve giving demonstrations on making tintypes one day, and teaching a short workshop on the subject the next. […]

Tibet, 1990
Tibet, 1990

In another from my “blast from the past” series, I found some negatives from my travels through Tibet back in the summer of 1990, when I was 16: this was a big adventure, especially at that age. I took this trip as part of a group of people going to the various base camps on […]

Carnevale, Venezia, 1992
Carnevale, Venezia, 1992

As I was clearing out some storage space I came across my boxes of old photos from the early days of my obsession with photography, and during a short trip to Maine I got access to a good scanner, so I decided to revisit some images I haven’t really seen in nearly 25 years. The […]

Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 1 of 2
Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 1 of 2

Maine Media Workshops+College (MMWC), the school where I used to work, has decided to start a hopefully-annual fundraising project called “Exquisite Corpse“. As when the surrealists first started these types of things, MMWC has asked various artists connected to the school to participate by creating pieces of art in a very specific, and yet still […]

Exhibition: Salt, Silver, and Sun
Exhibition: Salt, Silver, and Sun

Two of my alternative process prints have been selected to be included in an exhibition of Maine-based photographers working in these historical processes. The show at the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Maine, opened last weekend and runs through April 18th. Salt, Silver, and Sun: Historic Processes by Photographers Today The exhibition has been curated by […]

The Dawson Cabin, Glady, WV
The Dawson Cabin, Glady, WV

At the end of October I had the opportunity to spend a few days at my family’s rustic cabin in the mountains of West Virginia. I’d been itchin’ to make some more tintypes of the place, including details of some of the artifacts and capturing aspects of life at the cabin. Over two days of […]

Zeiss PiC Competition – Tintypes
Zeiss PiC Competition - Tintypes

Every year the Maine Media Workshops teams up with Zeiss lenses to hold a photo competition. The only requirement is that the images be made with a Zeiss lens. And this year, apparently, seasonal staff are eligible to enter. I know, I know, if you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail. Well, I didn’t […]

Four by Five Exhibition: New Orleans Photo Alliance
Four by Five Exhibition: New Orleans Photo Alliance

A month or so ago I entered another juried photography exhibition, this one held by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, entitled “Four by Five”. I sent in my four tintypes and moved on with the summer. The official notification date passed, so I figured I hadn’t gotten in. More time passed. I was busy with […]

Birch Point State Park – Tintypes
Birch Point State Park - Tintypes

Every once in a while I get the urge to go out in nature, to some extent or another, and spend some time just seeing what’s there to be seen. After spending the summer surrounded by hundreds of people, dozens changing every week, and no time to speak of in the lab to make photos […]

Ice Bucket Challenge – Tintype Style
Ice Bucket Challenge - Tintype Style

The tintype Kari and I got nominated to do this ice bucket thing – thanks a lot McKenna! (one of Kari’s nieces) – and as usual I tried to figure out a way to make it a little different, and fun for me to make. These days “fun for me” often means “make a tintype […]

Griffen Cooper #2 – Tintype
Griffen Cooper #2 - Tintype

Griffen was hanging around campus again, helping out by acting and modeling for some of the Workshops. I had the tintype chemistry set up, so I grabbed him for a few minutes to make a new portrait. Griffen was happy to pose with his latest instrument, his new heavily-rosined fiddle. Griffen had previously sat for […]

Sacha – Tintype
Sacha - Tintype

Andrew, one of my new friends here at the Workshops, wanted to make a tintype of his girlfriend who was up visiting for the weekend. I did a quick demo to show him the steps, and just made this one shot. Andrew had a good first outing as a tintypist too!

New staff, new friends (and new lab)
New staff, new friends (and new lab)

I’ve been quiet for the past three weeks for various – mostly good – reasons. The Professional Certificate program ended, and there was a fair amount of work involved with that. Then I had three new staff members start work, which meant training them, which meant first remembering how to do stuff myself. There was […]

Tintype Outing: Owls Head Transportation Museum
Tintype Outing: Owls Head Transportation Museum

Pilot Richard Hornbeck poses with a 1917 Spad XIIIc.1 biplane (replica). Several weeks ago an old high school friend commented on a tintype images I posted to Facebook, said he would like to buy one. Naturally I said “sure! What do you have in mind?” “An airplane. I want a tintype of an airplane.” Great. […]

Neal Parent
Neal Parent

Fellow Maine-based photographer Neal Parent was on campus this past week teaching one of his workshops – one geared toward digital photography. For a little added spice on the last day of class we arranged to show his students the tintype process. I always think it’s fun to take people who are accustomed to multi-gigabyte […]

Back to the future – Maine Sunday Telegram article
Back to the future - Maine Sunday Telegram article

The Portland Press Herald’s Maine Sunday Telegram ran a story about the historical processes lab at Maine Media Workshops, featuring a few photos of yours truly. Here is a photo gallery from the online article. In front of a bunch of people and a camera going to publish photos for the world to see? Why […]

Tintype Portraits – Ari and John
Tintype Portraits - Ari and John

A photographer came to the Alt Pro class yesterday so we wanted to give him something visible to photograph – like a nice big 8×10 camera in action. (Basically I use any excuse to make some tintypes.) John, one of the Alt Pro students, sat in for one portrait, complete with blue nitrile gloves (blue […]

8×10 – Newest addition to the arsenal – Brenton Portrait, Tintype
8x10 - Newest addition to the arsenal - Brenton Portrait, Tintype

I had thought I was perfectly happy with my 4×5 – seemed like the negatives were plenty large – and once I got into historical process printing I could make my (digital) negatives any size I wanted to anyhow. One small problem: you can’t enlarge a tintype. So I “needed” a bigger camera if I […]

Calotypes, finally!
Calotypes, finally!

After watching several workshops make calotypes – one of the earliest forms of photography – I finally got a chance to make that step back in time myself. The process is a little slower and more tedious than some, and with vellum dripping wet with silver nitrate, a whole lot sloppier than most. First you […]

Frozen Plate Photography
Frozen Plate Photography

Last December, while on Christmas break in Minnesota, I finally had the chance to try doing wetplate photography in sub-freezing temperatures. While our dark tent and chemicals were in a warm dry house, the cameras, the subjects, and of course the photographers were outside – on a windy day that topped out at 15F.   […]

New tintype from an old camera
New tintype from an old camera

This past Christmas Kari gave me an old black box camera – turns out to be an Agfa Ansco 2A Antar, I believe, which seems to be a circa 1930s camera. I guess they liked having the letter A in their product names back then – added 2A just for good measure. Funny story: Kari […]

Tri-Color Gum Bichromate
Tri-Color Gum Bichromate

This post really should be more interesting than the title sounds. It’s not a chemistry lesson, I promise! A little over a year ago I started learning about historical photographic printing processes, or “Alternative processes”, as they are widely known, which is weird since they have been around since the beginning of photography. “Original processes” […]