Description back in the mid 1800s around the time of the american civil war, there were wet plate tintypes + ambrotypes. tintypes were made on blackened metal, ambrotypes were made the same way on glass. they were a 1 of a kind image, no negative and unable to be reproduced. in the late 1800s silver gelatin replaced collodion as a photographic medium. the tintypes ( ferrotypes ) i make are by using liquid silver emulsion coated myself on metal. i hand process the image in a special developer i created that reverses it. this one didn't reverse, it is a positive print. sometimes i hand color them, like i do with cyanotypes i make.this is one i made the other day.
John Nanian, Warwick, RI Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement thanks for visiting my imagekind gallery. i am a freelance photographer, but when I am not on assignment i photograph the world around me. sometimes i travel distances, but most of the time i am photographing local things. i am not far from the coast, im not far from providence and i can always find something nearby to photograph. i sometimes make photographic emulsion from scratch, sometimes i use storebought paper and film, sometimes i make photographs using the sun. i use a digital camera too, and from time to time i will make a emulsion based photograph using a digital file. i also make film and paper developer our of coffee. most of the coffee developer i use is from sumatra coffee beans i roast myself. i helped write the caffenol-cookbook, and i was featured in an interview on emulsive.com. i experiment a lot as you might have guessed. thanks again for the visit.
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