The collodion process is an early photographic process. The collodion process, mostly synonymous with the "collodion wet plate process", requires the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes, necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field. Collodion is normally used in its wet form, but can also be used in humid ("preserved") or dry form, at the cost of greatly increased exposure time. Redemption
Taking a different approach to what I am accustomed to, what normally would take a few hours to photograph a subject, I minimized to seconds. Photography is so much about trust by cutting down the time I took to make my subject feel comfortable, I am left vulnerable. Today, so much of our interactions with each other are similar to this. Rushed greetings, with no genuine intentions of forming relationships, so much is lost. That time is then reclaimed in the printing process, as each individual portraits takes a minimum of 5 minutes to printa and process.
Wet plate photographic prints on reclaimed 35mm film canisters bound by bronze wire.
Currently approx 30"x48"
A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty and fine art form in the 21st.
Collection of Dry plate Tintypes
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide.
Remedios Caseros (Home Remedies)
Being Mexican-American, alternative medicine is a huge part of my culture when it comes to our well being. While visiting my grandmother during a time of illness, I was reminded of a time where a simple tea could help and even heal my illnesses. I toned each print in different natural home remedies that I grew up with as a child as a way cope with the inevitable loss of my grandmother.
Conversations between two lovers.
Toned Silver Gelatin Cabinet Cards Poem by Oliver Goldsmith