In February, Elise, Nicholette, and Izzy had the pleasure of collaborating with Bud M. Kibby of TINYuproar on an exciting photography adventure!
Before we were shaking our Polaroids, making prints from film or taking digital photos, images were captured by exposing a plate for hours or even days!
Cue photo of grumpy-looking, old-timey guy.
Invented in 1851, this process, referred to as tintype, uses silver and collodion to create a photo-sensitive metal plate on which an image is created. This is not a print! It is a one-off, photographic heirloom which will last the lifetime of the subject, and likely the lifetime of their children. (Fear not! They can be scanned and saved as a digital, because how else will you be able to post them on instagram?)
The process has been modernized, so sitting still for minutes is no longer necessary, but the process is still just as magical.
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Tintypes were never on tin, they originally used steel. Modern tintypes utilize aluminum as the plate, which is more resistant to corrosion--the primary reason we see original era tintypes degrade. This means that while we are seeing original tintypes from 1851 and later still intact, heirloom photographs on aluminum may last even longer due to a higher level of resistance to corrosion. (AMAZING RIGHT?!)
Check out these STUNNING photos of our Betties. What’s even more exciting is that you have the opportunity to have you own heirloom tintype photography experience with Mod Bettie and TINYuproar!
You've seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?"
*THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.*
In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka.
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