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“Erik” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

A ‘quicky’, after a long day of shooting digital, is so rewarding if the result is a plate like this one!

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“Dress” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

This is what we do on a Sunday afternoon: while I’m working on a dress and some props for a shoot next Wednesday, Arjen shoots a two minute exposure sneaky shot and this is the result. Oh how we love making, making, making.

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“Bert” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

Bert has a beautiful collection of old Civil War tintypes, and tintype family books and a lot of enthousiasm when he discovered people are still shooting with this old fashioned process.
So, of course we made a plate of him!

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Ingredients: 4 awesome people, a handfull of Aunt & Uncles, some food & beverages and a rainy Sunday afternoon. And all for Marc’s Grandma! Happy B-day to her.
The frames are an experiment. It took me quite some layers of paint to get it colored like this without losing the nice wood structure.
And the dimensions still need some finetuning to get it totally how we would like it next time. But not bad at all, for a first try!

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“Floris” tintype 9 cm x 12 cm


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“Rik Engelgeer” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm


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“Met rood petje” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Zonder rood petje” Brown glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm


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“Peter Paul” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm


Some of the plates we shot at UNSEEN photo fair 2013.

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This was Tintype Studio in full glory. (is that a proper English way to say that we were ‘at our best’?)
Four days of ethousiastic visitors consuming the lovely sight of seeing a plate appear in fixer.  Sometimes even a soft choir of oh’s and ah’s was heared. Made me smile, and work even harder. For the first time we actually felt appreciated for our craftmanship, not only for the results.
Our collaboration with Alex Timmermans was a perfect fit. And where our passion and the photography-loving visitors met, the actual fun in creating and sharing was felt deeply.
Thank you Alex, thank you visitors and thank you UNSEEN for anchoring this great an unexpected experience within.



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Nothing better than the smell of ether in the morning…


tintype 9 cm x 12 cm

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Alex handling Roys XL plate before fixer

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Roy filming his own portrait in fixer.


Manon prefers the smell of varnish over ether… By the way this is a lovely ambrotype we made of Jo Fraser


Manons temporarily spot for varnishing without wind. Although she loves pizza, this time it’s the perfect delivery box for an XL plate

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The result of a beautiful ‘sitter’ a very skilled Collodionist (Alex) with good chemistry and a well varnishing job.


Tintype 13 cm x 18 cm in delivery box.


Although proud, it’s always hard o say goodbye to something you love.


Wrapping freshly varnished portraits at night


Visitors before opening time


Another tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Mieke” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

Just an intense plate of an intense person.

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promotional visual UNSEEN amsterdam 2013.

Tintype Studio x Alex Timmermans


“Specially for UNSEEN we will collaborate with Alex Timmermans, a great collodionist who has mastered this technique as no other.  For 4 days they we’ll join our skills and different angles on wet plate photography.”
What that means… we don’t know yet, but we ‘re gonna have a lot of fun! Hope the weather will be kind for us.

We’re in the UNSEEN festival program, so that means no entrance tickets are needed for where we are located at Westergas. (in front of the Espresso Fabriek)

When? September 26 – 27- 28- 29 from 12.00 – 22.00 (29th from 12.00 -17.00)

Fair & Festival Site

Klönneplein 1
1014 DD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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What will happen if you coat an unvarnished wet plate with cyanotype solution. On the same plate. That’s the question I asked myself last saturday. And this is what happened. Very pleased, and a whole new project to work on!

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“Little Bike” tintype 18 cm x 24 cm

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“Guido” clear glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm

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“Girl” brown glass ambrotype 13 cm x 18 cm

Sweet Summer @ Kroller Muller, July 13th 2013
My first reaction (driving into the Natural Park surrounding the museum):
“Wow, I wish I could live here…”
Second reaction (driving directly with our rental bus into the Sculpture Garden):
“Wow I wish I could camp here…forever”
Third reaction (rinsing our first plate):
“Wow… this is not work, this is holiday!”

On invitation of Kroller Muller’s Sweet Summer, we packed our gear, and drove to the most beautiful area in the Netherlands, the Veluwe.
Unfortunately we don’t have permission (yet) to publish all the lovely plates we made of some sculptures, but here are some results!

Note: July the 27th we’re there again, for wet plates in the sculpture garden! We hope to see you there!



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