Curiosities

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!

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Dark Tower, Angled

5x4” Cyanotype on Arches Platine

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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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Dark Tower, Straight

5x4” Cyanotype on Arches Platine

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The Pause

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

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White Tower, Angled

5x4” Cyanotype on Arches Platine

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White Tower, Straight

5x4” Cyanotype on Arches Platine

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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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Alien Reamer

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

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Nailed Venus

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

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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 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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