I offer my clientele the opportunity to experience a photographic process entirely out of the ordinary; a slow and thoughtful means of producing images with a painterly, timeless quality. This process is a welcome counterpoint to modern digital photography with its instant and transient nature, and the digital ethos of altering images (in some cases almost entirely!) after the fact.
From a practical standpoint, there is currently no way in which to preserve digital images for extended periods of time. They are only as permanent as the technology on which they are stored and viewed. In contrast, wet plate technology that dates from the 1850's produced long lasting images that are still common finds – a testament to their longevity. Using the same wet plate process the portraits I make are a lasting tribute to the people in them; real and tangible with weight and texture, made to be passed on to the generations that come.
Sitting for a portrait created using a process dating from 150 years ago in this age of disposable digital images, is a unique and unforgettable experience. I make it my task to search for something in an individual's personality and interests to bring out in the portrait that when combined with the inherent beauty of the process create a true hand made, one of a kind image.
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