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The Tin Gypsy is a traveling photographic darkroom and laboratory built out of a 1961 vintage travel trailer. I rescued and rehabilitated the trailer and retrofitted the Gypsy as a mobile darkroom, specially designed for the practice of antique photographic techniques. I am most interested in the salt printing and wet-plate collodion processes. I make my own photographic emulsions from scratch and all of my prints and tintype creations are handmade and one of a kind.
I find my inspiration from the historical origins of photography and it's earliest practitioners, who were equal parts mad scientist, adventurer and artist. Working with large- format cameras that are 60-90 years old and using antiquarian photographic processes is an incredibly enjoyable way to make images. I love moving the knobs and bellows on the camera to focus, pouring the emulsion on the aluminum plates, putting salt prints out in the sunshine to develop and,…

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  • Joined September 14, 2011

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Aluminum, glass, collodion, salt, fine paper

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The Tin Gypsy is a traveling photographic darkroom and laboratory built out of a 1961 vintage travel trailer. I rescued and rehabilitated the trailer and retrofitted the Gypsy as a mobile darkroom, specially designed for the practice of antique photographic techniques. I am most interested in the salt printing and wet-plate collodion processes. I make my own photographic emulsions from scratch and all of my prints and tintype creations are handmade and one of a kind.
I find my inspiration from the historical origins of photography and it's earliest practitioners, who were equal parts mad scientist, adventurer and artist. Working with large- format cameras that are 60-90 years old and using antiquarian photographic processes is an incredibly enjoyable way to make images. I love moving the knobs and bellows on the camera to focus, pouring the emulsion on the aluminum plates, putting salt prints out in the sunshine to develop and, most especially, finding new creations to craft from salt prints and tintypes.
To follow the adventures, travels, and creative experiments of the Tin Gypsy Project, go to the Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TinGypsy-Project/178110872244175?sk=wall
And here: https://tingypsytravels.wordpress.com/

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