Curiosities

An ongoing project that includes cyanotypes and tintypes.
 Visual records created as a celebration of American Material Culture,
during an exploration of still-life as portrait/self-portrait;

Images from this project were included in Time Lapse - Contemporary Analog Photography
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

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Opera Flowers

19.25x12.5” Cyanotype image on
22.5x16” sheet-Hahnemuhle Sumi-e
Edition of 10

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Shadow of her Former Self

19x13.5” Cyanotype image on
22x16.5” sheet-Hahnemuhle Sumi-e
Edition of 10

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Bowl of Cherries

19x12.5” Cyanotype image on
22x16” sheet-Hahnemuhle Sumi-e
Edition of 10

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Oakleaf Hydrangea

19.25x12.5” Cyanotype image on
22.5x16” sheet-Hahnemuhle Sumi-e
Edition of 10

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Image on Banner

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 Ed. of 10

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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 Ed. of 10

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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 Ed. of 10

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The Rope

9x6” Cyanotype on 14x11” Hanemuhle Sumi-e Ed. of 10

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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 Ed. of 10

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Glove and Oar

6 x 9” Cyanotype on 11x14” Hahnemuhle - Sumi-e Ed. of 10

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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  An ongoing project that includes cyanotypes and tintypes.
Visual records created as a celebration of American Material Culture 
during an exploration of still-life as portrait/self-portrait;

These are the 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 (often with objects)!
These hand-made images give the viewer a glimpse into my self-created, pre-modern world, full of vintage objects and intriging stories.

Cabinets of Curiosities are collections of unusual items.  They 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 rooms. They started in the 1500's with individual collectors and lead to modern day museums. For most of my life, I’ve lived within a series of my own Cabinets of Curiosities.

Tintypes and Cyanotypes created today look very similar to those from the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. The chemical processes are the same as those used over 150 years ago. My subject matter and composition are hints that the pieces I create are newly made. Although the objects I photograph are vintage, I approach them in a contemporary way,  I live in a self-created, pre-modern world, full of period objects of all kinds. I keep these items alive by grouping them in new ways, to tell their story, my own story or a fictional one and then photograph them to bring these stories to life. This is what drives my interest in these objects  these techniques and this body of work. To create portraits of them, which, if examined closely, are portraits of myself or people in my life.
This project mean so much to me and I'm excited to be able to share it with you.

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All images and text © 2005-2023 by David Sokosh.