Curiosities

An ongoing project that includes cyanotypes and tintypes of things that I live with.
Objects that have been passed down through my family, items I've used everyday for years and recent finds are all included.
Plus friends doing curious things!
Included in Time Lapse - Contemporary Analog Photography
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

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TimeLapse at Shelburne Museum

Installation Footage

TimeLapse at Shelburne Museum

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At the Artists’ Panel

TimeLapse at Shelburne Museum

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Installation Still

TimeLapse at Shelburne Museum

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The Circle

9x6” Cyanotype on 14x11” Hanemuhle Sumi-e

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Grandmother’s Corset

12x9” wet-plate collodion  on aluminum (tintype).

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Hercules

6x4” wet-plate collodion on aluminum (tintype).

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The Oarsmen

9x6” Cyanotype on 14x11” Hanemuhle Sumi-e

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The Pause

4x3" wet-plate collodion on aluminum (tintype).19th century case

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Megaphone

9x6” Cyanotype on 14x11” Hanemuhle Sumi-e

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The Rope

9x6” Cyanotype on 14x11” Hanemuhle Sumi-e

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Tantulus

5x4" wet-plate collodion on aluminum (tintype).19th century case

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Nine Thanksgiving Wishes

Collage of 9-6x4” wet-plate collodion on aluminum (tintypes).

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Bicep

4.5 x 9” Cyanotype on 11x14” Hahnemuhle - Sumi-e

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Glove and Oar

6 x 9” Cyanotype on 11x14” Hahnemuhle - Sumi-e

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Wings

12x9" wet-plate collodion on aluminum (tintype).

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Wing Collar

4x5” Cyanotype on Arches Platine

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Pence Nez

4x6" wet-plate collodion on aluminum (tintype).

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Pence Nez Sunglasses

4x6" wet-plate collodion on aluminum (tintype).

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Expecting

4x5” Cyanotype on Arches Platine

Curiosities  includes tintypes of objects that belong to me, some that I use everyday, special gifts from friends and things that have been passed down in my family. They give the viewer a glimpse into my 19th Century, Vintage Technology, Analog World. Plus friends caught doing curious things!

Cabinets of Curiosities are collections of unusual items.  They can include art objects, antiquities, strange scientific apparatus and natural history specimens. These can be displayed on a shelf, in an literal cabinet or the collection can fill a room. They started in the 1500's with individual collectors and lead to modern day museums. 

Tintypes and Cyanotypes created today look very similar to those from the 19th Century. The chemical mixtures are like those used 150 years ago. The subject matter and composition are hints that my pieces aren't vintage. Although the objects I shoot are often old, I approach them in a contemporary way. There's a cellphone in my pocket and I post on Instagram.  But I live in a self-created, pre-modern world, full of period objects of all kinds that I love to keep alive by bringing them into the 21st Century.

These processes lets me explore the mindset of the early photographer/scientist/collector. This is what drives my interest in these objects and these techniques and this body of work. It means so much to me and I'm excited to be able to share it with all of you.

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All images © 2005-2022 by David Sokosh.