T I N S T A G R A M S                                                                                                                                                                                        2"x2" tintypes & embossed mats

 

 Tinstagrams is a project born out of a desire to merge new and old: contemporary technology, with an old process. Using my iPhone, I made snapshots of my life here in New Mexico, as well as of the east coast where I am from, and of various travels. After posting them to the photo sharing app Instagram, I then made transparencies of the images and used them like negatives in the darkroom, printing them on metal using the tintype wet plate collodion process. In a culture where photographs live increasingly on cold computer screens on the internet, I wanted to make permanent, tangible objects out of moments and scenes from my life. I used a historical process which was popularized in the late 1800s by soldiers, enabling them to have portraits of themselves made relatively cheap to send to their families far away, carnival booths to make portraits of their patrons, and other situations and antics that would not have been made if it weren’t for the low cost and ease with which they could be produced. In addition to allowing myself the freedom to photograph whatever I want, this work has brought the darkroom process back into my practice in a way that is historical, yet new and intriguing to me.