Back in the 1850s photographic techniques were first used to create images, giving any instagram filter a run for it’s money. The Tintype studio uses these same techniques to make incredible compelling images, called Tintypes.
For designers Manon Navarro and Arjen Went making these photos, or tintypes, is a nice way to balance their digital work with a bit more hands-on work. Hands-on it is: the use of some seriously dangerous chemicals, going in and out of the darkroom, using a wooden camera, the exact timing and patience needed.. it all adds up to a beautiful image in the end. You can see the incredible process in this video they shot.
Back in the 19th century photographers would travel around with their camera and supplies and take pictures at carnivals and fairs. The tintype studio also has a mobile studio, and creates tintypes at events. If you’d like one of these tintypes to decorate your walls with (I did!), you’re in luck as they sell a collection of A0 sized posters and fine art prints.
I got one for my dining area. It looks like a tree in an intense thunderstorm, the different shades of blue, black and grey really pull you into the picture. Even though it’s not viable for everyone to say goodbye to Instagram and start making Tintypes, it’s nice to see the Tintype studio helping to keep the technique alive and making gorgeous wall-art available in the process.