Cyanotypes and tintypes of things that belong to me. Objects that I use everyday and items that have been passed down through my family.
Plus a few friends doing curious things!
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 a few 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. I am a present day person. 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.
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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