Dry plate tintypes are produced from either a pinhole or digital camera negative. Ive modified my pinhole camera to accommodate unexposed emulsion-coated metal plates. Since the pinhole camera lacks a viewfinder, the resulting image is always unexpected and appears skewed an identifying characteristic of my work.
I exhibit the one-of-a-kind tintypes in handmade custom-built cases, which to me symbolizes a book cover for the story within the image. Ive always felt most comfortable photographing possessions associated with my home, family and everyday life. I believe my finished tintypes are distinctive works that move beyond the boundaries of a traditional photograph more than ever before.
I feel my tintypes captures my passion for the traditional still life; my love of making handmade books; my desire to create unique, one-of-a-kind images and my quest for a more archival non-paper based medium in which to work.