Journal Entries

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, ...
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 ...
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”, ...
Chiquita Banana Gum

Chiquita Banana Gum

No, this isn’t a story about a new flavor of chewing gum. The “gum” in the title refers to a photographic printing process called “gum bichromate”, which uses watercolor pigment, potassium dichromate, and the eponymous ...
Wyoming – Fine Art Prints

Wyoming – Fine Art Prints

I’ve recently become interested in two somewhat-related things: first, producing hand-made prints from my images, and secondly, creating distinct and coherent bodies of work. The first of these, then, are a series of prints from ...
RayKo Photo Center – Plastic Camera Exhibition

RayKo Photo Center – Plastic Camera Exhibition

On March 5th the Plastic Camera exhibition opens at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. Ann Jastrab, the director of the gallery there, was the juror. One of my images – one I’m calling, ...
The Artisans of Hope

The Artisans of Hope

The Professional Certificate program students recently headed out to Hope, Maine, to work on their Location Lighting skills while making portraits of local artisans. What is really cool, and something of a surprise, is how ...
Cyanotype toning

Cyanotype toning

My alternative printing process infatuation started a little over a year ago with the first foray into cyanotypes. I loved it, I spent hours in the lab cranking out cyanotypes, but relatively quickly moved on ...
Valentine’s Day – If you can’t beat ’em, join em

Valentine’s Day – If you can’t beat ’em, join em

I finally figured out what to do about Valentine’s Day commercialization: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Following hot on the wild success of my Tintype Santa Christmas Cards I decided to make some ...
Kiernan Gallery – The Alternative Approach exhibition

Kiernan Gallery – The Alternative Approach exhibition

One of my tintypes (Emily and Lola, again) was chosen for the online portion of the Kiernan Gallery’s The Alternative Approach exhibition. Since the juror was the legendary Christopher James, being selected kinda made my ...
SohoPhoto Gallery – Alternative Process Exhibition

SohoPhoto Gallery – Alternative Process Exhibition

The 9th National Alternative Process Competition exhibit opens today at the SohoPhoto Gallery in New York City, and three of my images were chosen for inclusion. Since this was my first public entry into the ...
Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Tintypes

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Tintypes

This past birthday was “the big four oh”, so I wanted to do something fun, something a little more than just dinner and a bottle of wine. I wanted to go trekking in Nepal or ...
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