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I believe I’m obsessed with wet plate and tin type photography.  I think that is a safe thing to say.  I love it.  LOVE it.  I’m constantly daydreaming about the day when I’ll be able to mix my own wet plate chemicals and build a large format camera to use specifically for wet plate and tin type photography.  It’s true alchemy.  It’s being a Wizard; concocting a magical potion that can freeze moments and do it with such style and clarity and contrast.  Beautiful.

Sara and I had our wedding portraits done as large, 20×24″ tin types by Yige Wang.  I love that man.  I love our portraits.  They are amazing.  So when my friend Edith Weiler started concentrating on wet plate photography, I started getting really anxious to watch her.  To help her.  To sit for her.

Edith is working on a body of wet plate portraits that will be part of an exhibition in November.  She asked Sara and I (and Dave Seah) if we would want portraits taken of us by her.

Excuse me?  Abso-freaking-lutely.

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A Workshop Proposal

POSTED October 6th, 2014 UNDER Friends, Marriage Proposal, Photography, Workshops

Portable Portrait Workshop • 06 21 14

The Portable Portrait workshop has always been about learning how to use your camera and affordable lighting gear to help improve your photography.  It’s about learning to use flash and not be scared of it.  It’s about learning to use your camera manually and to start taking control of your images rather than letting your camera do them for you.

And, during the June 21st 2014 workshop, it became about marriage proposals, and love, and tears and happiness.

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DEDPXL • You Can’t Cross The Streams

POSTED October 3rd, 2014 UNDER DEDPXL, News, Press

DEDPXL • You Can't Cross The Streams

 

A new post at DEDPXL just went up.

You Can’t Cross the Streams.

 

It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

POSTED September 30th, 2014 UNDER Instagram Photography

The Nashua River is right outside my studio.  When the weather is nice, Sara and I like to take our Kayaks out.  It’s a good paddle through Mines Falls Park, and then we ride the current back down to the put-in.

At the start of the paddle where we put in, is this building near Millyard Technology Park:

Every time I float past it I imagine myself in some lost world; a post-apocalyptic, “Last of Us” or “The Road” type world where everything has gone to hell, and Nature is claiming the buildings back.  It’s so cool.

During one of our last paddles, we found a break-off with a small stream we had never been down before, which went behind a series of houses.

The overgrowth in the stream only make it seem even more like a plague wiped out most of mankind and we were foraging through Nature’s reclaimed territory.

I love this stuff.

Vintage Camera Box Promo Images

POSTED September 27th, 2014 UNDER Album Design, Design, Film, Polaroids, Promotional

Retro Polaroid Promotional

I love old, vintage, product boxes.

Old advertising, old boxes, old packaging – I love it.  I love the simplistic design.  So elegant.

Someone sent me this old Polaroid box in the mail because I wanted to scan it in and print it out to hang on my wall.  Then I started toying with the idea of taking the design elements and making them into business promo’s for my photography.  It seemed like a fun idea to try, so I spent an afternoon scanning old camera-related boxes and turning them as closely as I could into promo pieces that I could use to mail to companies and places I’d like to work with.  A kind of elbow-in-the-ribs private in-joke to those who see it.  Maybe some will get it and laugh.  Maybe some won’t understand.

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