About this project
With just a week to go we are funded!! With the goal met, I am taking this opportunity to set a new funding goal of $6,000. With all the love and support this project has garnered so far let's see if we can push it that much further. The video itself has been viewed over 1,500 times since this project was launched on November 12. Thank you to EVERYONE who has watched, shared, contributed & appreciated Tin,Sin. Please continue to spread it around for one more week!! EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!
The current project ‘Tin, Sin & Kinship’ has been building steam since 2008. The focus of the project is to create a seductive visual testament to radical queer and artistic subcultures within the United States, utilizing the 19th century Wet Plate Collodion photographic process.
This vibrant yet scattered community has descended from a long line of society's misfits. We proudly carry on the lineage of hobos, queers, deviant artists, street musicians, sex workers, anarchists, political subversives and survivors.
This photographic exploration has cris-crossed the United States eight times in the past 4 years. It was hatched in a backyard in West Oakland, passed through the copper mines of Bisbee, Arizona, danced in the streets of New Orleans and had it's breath taken away in the woods of Tennessee. My intention is to continue this exploration back in New Orleans Louisiana this winter. I will be taking things a step further with a larger camera, creating 8x10 black glass ambrotypes and aluminum tintypes in addition to my 5x7 work. I am going back to the south with the same fundamental project focus, whilst broadening my visual perspective to the city and surrounding landscape.
'Tin, Sin' has been completely self-funded thus far. I have arrived at a place where I am reaching out to a greater community to help fund the next leg of this journey so that I may delve into it over the next several months, unhampered by concerns for funding. My kickstarter goal is set at $3,000 - this is the shoestring budget to make this project successful- it would be amazing to raise more. So please be generous if you can and spread the word about this project if it inspires you or touches your heart.
This Kickstarter money will help fund -
- Travel costs back to Louisiana from Port Townsend Washington
- Chemistry and supply expenses for the next 3 months
- A custom made wet plate camera back for an early 20th century Rochester Optical Co. 8x10 view camera & 2 new 8x10 chemistry tanks, along with other upgrades to an 8x10 set-up.
- Maintenance & repair of current equipment.
Any and all support of this project is appreciated beyond words.
Thank you! - Dinah
A vigilant search through the pages of history will produce a small but beautiful record of our radical ancestors. The surviving tintypes, Daguerreotypes & carte-de-visites of these courageous 19th century outsiders are precious keepsakes whose true stories are often left to our ravenous imaginations.The pictures in this series follow the example of these artifacts and pay homage to the unconventional beauty created by this ancestry. We honor the rich creative velocity sparked by living beyond social boundaries.
The chosen medium for this project is the historic art of wet plate collodion tintype photography, circa 1850. This medium was chosen for it's ghostly and timeless aesthetic and allows the photographer a direct tie to the roots of photography, infusing the work with a reverence for the history of the medium.
The dedication and surrender involved in this process create images that indeed seem to capture a small piece of the soul, as skeptics at the dawn of photography speculated. In order to have ones picture taken, this medium asks the subject to feign a corpse like state for seconds on end. Meanwhile whatever available daylight is reflected directly into the subject’s eyes to be gathered through the lens onto a freshly poured plate of collodion and silver. This process can be enlightening as well as excruciating. Ten seconds rarely seems so long as when you are poised in front of the camera.
The picture fashioned from this challenge bestows upon the sitter an image with grand possibility. Some subjects find a never before seen resemblance to family members photographed in the same style 150 years ago. Others find personal revelation of their own beauty and nobility in seeing their reflection manipulated by the passing of stubborn seconds and the ethereal meandering of precious metals.
Like it’s subject matter, the project itself tends to wander... Be forgotten for a while or cast aside out of frustration. It has been put on hold for work and exploited in bouts of orgasmic creativity. It will offer up the mediocre as well as the brilliant. It will seek out and record things that do not want to be lost.
Once this project gets to a place where I feel it is a complete and solid body of work I intend to put together a book with the publisher Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness - http://www.tangledwilderness.org/
Special Thanks to the music of
Solvents - http://www.solventsmusic.com/
The Crow Quill Night Owls - http://thecrowquillnightowls.bandcamp.com/
Mae Dae, OMGS & Below The Salt -http://www.facebook.com/omgs.cashedout?fref=ts, WWW.MAEDAEHERBFARM.COM, http://maedea.bandcamp.com/album/animal-moon-howl
Risks and challenges
Doing the Wet Plate method is always a risk and a challenge. It is a very fickle process in terms of chemistry and light demands. Sometimes you work all day just to get a single good picture. Other days they come easily or not at all. Hence the name "Fickle Mistress Photography."
I used the opportunity of this kickstarter video to showcase the work I have already done and to instill confidence in my funders that I am capable of creating more of this work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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