Tintype Pics IRL
Remember how I go hog wild for anything by Sally Mann (especially her autobiography)?! She’s known for taking pics using a process called tintype or “wet-plate photography,” which requires the artist to coat a plate of metal with collodion, a photo-sensitive chemical that records an image on the metal itself. It’s one of the oldest processes around and, since the chemicals are highly toxic, a pretty risky one too. She likes it for the exact opposite reasons that digital photography is so popular right now— the images are unpredictable, obscure, and always black-and-white (watch Mann make one here). They’re hazy and mysterious and nothing you could replicate on your phone.
Well, whaddya know! Sally Mann has a soulmate in Chicago photographer Jen Jansen, who takes tintype photos of people like you and me, as long as we have an appointment. We can hire her to take our portrait (the Reader suggests it for your 10 year/Tin wedding anniversary) and even take classes at her Bucktown studio.
Check out her website for all the details and see more of her work.
Wait. This is a different thing than those costumed “Wild West” family portraits you can get at Six Flags, right? I think this is a different thing.
Now, is this cool, mom?
Only YOU would know!
Cover photo by Jen Jansen