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Mark Dawson’s Best Campfire Beer Stake and Tequila Assistant
Mark Dawson's Best Campfire Beer Stake and Tequila Assistant

A couple of weeks ago I was laying in bed waiting on my turn in the bathroom, and was trying to think of something to make as something fun for an upcoming camping trip. One of Kari’s professors, who was basically leading the excursion, likes to make things for camping, and I wanted to participate. […]

Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes
Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes

In terms of quantity of photographs, my trip last week to Chiricahua National Monument and parts of Coronado National Forest was not particularly productive. What I lacked in quantity, though, I feel like I made up for in quality: I really love the way the rocks of the Chiricahuas look, rendered as a tintype. Wednesday, […]

Saguaro National Park, Part 2
Saguaro National Park, Part 2

This week I made another trip down to Saguaro National Park to spend the day making tintypes. As I did last time, I parked in a turnout and spent the entire day photographing within a 15-foot radius of the car. (And like last time, I had more to make photos of than time to do […]

Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park

As soon as Kari and I first made a quick loop through Saguaro National Park a few months ago I knew I could spend a lot of time there making tintype photographs of the many different plants growing there, in addition to the overall landscape. This past Saturday I finally headed down I-10 to the […]

Lake Valley – Ghost Town
Lake Valley - Ghost Town

One of my reasons for driving at least 4000 miles to Ohio and back over the holidays (the trip ended up just over 6000 miles in total) was to be able to take my tintype supplies with me. For various reasons I didn’t make any, however, other than a portrait of some friends in Memphis, […]

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 […]

Tintype Roadtrip: Southern Utah and Grand Canyon
Tintype Roadtrip: Southern Utah and Grand Canyon

The latest trip in my quest to photograph The West in tintype, as it might have been done as the region was first photographed in the mid-1800s, took me on a loop through southern Utah at the end of November. Wrong time of year to make tintypes in southern Utah, pretty much. (It could be […]

Bombing Range Camping Trip
Bombing Range Camping Trip

Every year around the end of the fall semester, the Arizona State University photography graduate students head out to the desert for a camping weekend. This weekend their fearless leader Mark Klett took us to the western end of the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range, in southwest Arizona, where we had fun driving Kari’s old […]

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. […]

Wukoki Pueblo and the Grand Canyon Tintypes
Wukoki Pueblo and the Grand Canyon Tintypes

For reasons I go into in another post, I recently made a new darkbox to facilitate making tintypes in the field. That ordeal is a different story, but here are the best results from my first day of relative success with the new gear. To try and escape the heat of the Phoenix valley I […]

Portable Darkroom Version 2
Portable Darkroom Version 2

Within a few months of learning how to make tintypes in the Haas Lab (thanks, as always, to Kari Wehrs and Brenton Hamilton) I enjoyed some quality father-son time making a darkbox in the woodshop where Dad lived. It is a very sturdy (i.e., too heavy and large) box, and, worse, the shroud that I […]

Tintype Workshop: Great Sand Dunes National Park
Tintype Workshop: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Most of you are probably aware, but just to be sure: first, the National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial this year, and second, I love the National Park system. I don’t remember the first National Park that I visited, but I was probably only a few years old, on one of my parents many […]

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 […]

Great Sand Dunes National Park Tintype
Great Sand Dunes National Park Tintype

I recently made another stop at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, as I often do on cross-country road trips. This trip – only 5400 miles, from Rhode Island to Maine, then down through West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and on to Arizona – had several reasons: visit my mother and friends, stay at the cabin […]

Ash Island
Ash Island

Ash Island, Pine Tree, Owl’s Head Here’s an example of the difference shifting about 15 feet to one side can make for a composition. The shot above and the shot below were taken within those few feet of each other, and otherwise the lens choice is the only difference – 90mm above and 210 below. […]

Owl’s Head Tintypes
Owl's Head Tintypes

A while ago Kari started doing one-on-one tutoring for Lightroom and photography in general, and we have become friends with several of her students. One, Ed, lives down the coast in Owl’s Head, right on the water across from Ash Island. He invited us down to make tintypes, and last week we finally took him […]

San Marino, 2008
San Marino, 2008

No, I’m not off traveling to a tiny little country in the Italian hills. I’m still in Maine, where I’ve been working on organizing my photos and preparing to teach a Lightroom workshop. As a result I’ve seen lots of old memories fly by. As an exercise to go through the Lightroom workflow I decided […]

Rockland Lobster Trap Christmas Tree
Rockland Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

I just happened to be in Rockland as locals were starting to build the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree, so I made a few photos! Locals add another row of lobster traps to the annual tree, which Rockland claims is the largest such structure in the world. One of the tree builders helps steady a colleague. […]

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 […]

Birch Point State Park, Part 2 – Silver and Salt
Birch Point State Park, Part 2 - Silver and Salt

I went back to Birch Point State Park again – I knew there were a couple of photos I saw that I didn’t have time to make the last trip, plus there was the whole other half of the beach and woods to explore. I still didn’t make the photos I had in mind, but […]

The Tetons – The Book
The Tetons - The Book

Maine Media Workshops+College recently remodeled the old Haas lab and darkroom into the revamped Haas Lab for Alternative Photographic Processes and a new book arts studio, complete with presses and drawers of type and rolls of cloth. One of the TAs for the summer had some experience making books, so he got to hang out […]

Bad Little Falls, Machias, Maine
Bad Little Falls, Machias, Maine

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to ride up to Machias, Maine, with Kari, to make tintypes at the Blueberry Festival and Blackfly Ball there. That whole shebang didn’t work out so well, and the less said about it the better, but I did manage to make two tintypes of the short but emphatic […]