I’ve always wanted to try making tintypes. When I was studying A-Level Photography, we had access to a darkroom that was always stocked with paper and chemicals already measured out. If only I’d had those facilities at uni… or at home now!
I did a lot of experimenting with processing and printing techniques, especially printing onto glass brushed with liquid light, and trying to recreate the look of the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
I came across a series of portraits today that were taken at the Sundance film festival using the tintype process. I’ve done a lot of research on producing modern tintypes and it seems to be really fiddly and unpredictable. I’m so impressed that this photographer, Victoria Will, was able to capture all these at a film festival where she would’ve been given only a few minutes with each sitter.
I’ll post some of my favourites.