Alderleaf Artworks LLC

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About us Tin-Type Photos by Alderleaf Artworks is a tin-type photography studio owned by Brian Pierson. He built a large format camera and learned the art of historical photography during the 2020 pandemic. He has been working and living in Skagway, AK since 2014. During the off season Brian travels around the contiguous lower 48 taking portraits and scenic photos with his historical and handmade equipment. What we'll do Brian will explain and guide you through the process of wet-plate collodion, where you will be the subject of your very own authentic tin-type photo. Wet Plate photography was invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer. Wet plate collodion is the processes of coating an aluminum plate with salted collodion which is then submerged in silver nitrate to creates a photosensitive material. While still wet from the silver bath the plate is then exposed to light (1-2seconds) through a lens of a large format camera. Immediately after exposure developer is poured over the plate in a safe light darkroom. This creates a negative of the image onto the aluminum plate. After rinsing for several moments the plate is then dipped into a fixing solution that causes the image to become a positive. We now have your photo! After more rinsing and then drying a homemade vanish is hand poured onto the image to preserve the image for generations to come. What to expect / what's provided Duration .5hrs Due to long exposure, movement in subjects will cause blurring in the Image. You can expect to understand the historical practice of Wet-plate Collodion. During the process you will sit for a portrait and be able to leave with your original Tin-type Photo.

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