This past week I’ve been running full speed at film and alternative photography. Its hard to keep track of everything!
I purchased an 1800’s tailboard camera at a camera show. The camera and bellows are in good shape. Next steps will be finding a lens for it, and making a rear plate holder so I can eventually use it!
Today I finally fulfilled a dream I’ve had since I first learned about the beginnings of photography. I had my portrait taken on a tintype! Todd, at Shutter + Light in Santa Ana, California was nice enough to let me watch the whole process as he shot my photo.
As I’ve been designing this site, I’ve been researching many different types of analog photography.
I started learning about photography almost a decade before the first consumer digital cameras became available. I worked my way up from 35mm to medium format, and eventually on to large format cameras. Using a view camera was always one of my favorite things, but other than a Speed Graphic I had for a few months, I’d never really owned and used one consistently.
I received a project camera from a friend of mine that I’m really excited to get working again. The camera is a Glossick camera. There’s next to no information on the interwebs about it but essentially, this is the concept:
The camera is a manufactured version of a hand made camera from Afghanistan called a kamra-e-faoree, and Cuba, called a Cuban Polaroid. What’s interesting about these cameras is the photos are exposed, not onto film, but directly onto a sheet of black and white photographic paper. Instead of taking it to be processed somewhere, ie back to your darkroom, the camera functions as both. Once exposing the sheet of paper, it is the processed in traditional chemicals that are also in the camera. You slide your hand into the camera through a light tight kind of bag and then dunk the paper into two chemistries. Once the development process is stopped, you can safely take the paper out and wash and dry it outside of the camera.