Journal Entries

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 ...
The Dawson Cabin – Tintypes

The Dawson Cabin – Tintypes

I finally talked Kari into going to our cabin. Let’s just say that she and I have different tolerances for cleanliness, wild critters, and modern conveniences like electricity and indoor plumbing. I convinced her the ...
Griffen Cooper – Tintypes

Griffen Cooper – Tintypes

Local bartender, musician, and actor Griffen Cooper hangs around the Workshops a lot in the summer helping out various classes by being a very photogenic model. I had been wanting to make a portrait of ...
Photo Gravure Field Trip

Photo Gravure Field Trip

Brenton Hamilton’s Alternative Process class recently took a field trip to Alan Vlach’s workshop in Trenton, Maine, to make photo gravure prints. (The metal plates are pretty sharp on the edges, and despite a warning ...
The Lab Tray Portrait Fiasco

The Lab Tray Portrait Fiasco

I had an idea to make a portrait of my friend/boss Brenton. It didn’t go as planned. The idea was to tile a bunch of lab trays on a wall to use as a background ...
Howe Point, Ducktrap River Bridge – Tintypes

Howe Point, Ducktrap River Bridge – Tintypes

My friend Joe needed a subject for his multimedia workshop project and I needed an excuse to get out and make tintypes in the wild, so we headed up the coast to Howe Point and ...
Self-portraits

Self-portraits

I have been told that my penchant for making self-portraits says something about me, in a psychological sense. That my choice to photograph myself is in itself meaningful. Or that it’s just pure narcissism. What ...