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
TimeLapse at Shelburne Museum
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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