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…

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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.

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

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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.

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Tintype 13 cm x 18 cm in delivery box.

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

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Wrapping freshly varnished portraits at night

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Visitors before opening time

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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.

www.accro.nl

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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

Westergasfabriek
Klönneplein 1
1014 DD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
www.westergasfabriek.nl

For more info you can always check:http://www.unseenamsterdam.com/festival-sqaure-initiatives

 

 

 

 

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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!

Info: http://www.kmm.nl/summer-night

 

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“Irene” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm
This shoot was planned on a Wednesday afternoon, with the three of us and two dogs walking around the house, we had great fun!
Crafts and crafts attract…
Check out her work:  http://www.bouwsels.moonfruit.com/

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“The Artist” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“The Scientist” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Art&Science” brown glass ambrotype 18 cm x 24 cm

Art & Science (April 2013)

A couple of…
Inspiring people, classy goodlooking people, fascinating people!

http://www.merelbekking.nl/

 

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“Before” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

 

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“After” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

 

“No! Not this plate! Gr!@$%^&&” (!!! (some words not apropriate to repeat…)
When we think we’ve come a bit closer to mastering this unique process, something like this happenes:
A plate (a lovely one) has to be varnished at one point (or another). That is my job, that’s what I am good at. After a week of tweaking the varnish, (a drop of more demi, a drop of ethanol when it flows too slow) it seems perfect. I give it a go with a test plate. Result is fine. I warm this plate a bit, handwarm, as it should be. I flow the varnish (sanderac dissolved in ethanol with a finishing touch of some lavenderoil to get the cohesia a bit better) and then it happens: the plate gets dark, edges smudge, and I can see tiny cracks appear in the silvery image… If I pour off the varnish, I know, the whole image will float off the plate…
And I curse, almost cry.
It hurts.
Damn.

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“Suzy-Yzus” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

Tjeerd, the proud owner of this lovely lady!
http://delinus.com/13/delinus-03/

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“Beard#1” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Beard#2” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

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“Beard#3” tintype 13 cm x 18 cm

Thank you for being bearded (April 2013)
At Open Domein the amount of bearded man was extraordinary as was the amount of people on the waiting list. Time to filter a bit: only the strong and bearded were allowed to have their picture taken…

 

 

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