It is so great to have friends like Carmela Aliffi who is the art teacher at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah, GA. She does such a great job with those kids and inspires them daily to create and learn and to love art. She has been a great support to me personally and artistically and has invited on more than one occasion to come and share my photography with her students. Last time was a couple of years ago and we did paper negatives with my 8x10 camera.
Just this year, I started doing tintype, or, as it is sometimes called, wet-plate collodion photography. It is great to take 150 years of photographic technology and through it out the window. I have been pretty much limited to working at or close to my studio on Waters Avenue. But St. Vincent’s has a great little darkroom and I was able to load up my camera, chemistry and set up there. Easy peazy!
The students, I think they were all juniors and seniors, seemed to really get into the process. I know I had fun. The thing about working in these old processes is that it is exciting just to get an image and today we got some nice ones and had a fun educational time doing it.
I am going back on Wednesday and on Thursday so hopefully all the students will get a chance to shoot and maybe if we are lucky get to coat a plate. Happy tintyping!