Last Friday, I had the pleasure of photographing the crew at Chrome Digital (located in as a big thank you for my first solo show! I was really panicking about the weather the day before because it kept saying it was going to rain and I dreaded having to deal with a wet darkroom, but the weather gods were on my side and we got a partly cloudy day with some heat!
The shoot went without a hitch! Before doing the shoot, I remade all my chemistry except my collodion. I was having problems with it earlier and all was added was some ether to it and cleaning off my pouring bottle so no dry bits of collodion doesn't fall in. I redid my silver and KCN bath as well as making new developer. Never once until I made new developer, I have gotten a good negative inside my darkroom due to not seeing very well with the safe windows from time to time. The image on the left is one of the negatives that came out stunning and clear! I was so happy that I made everything new, Here are my favorites from this!
Another thank you to y buddy Fernando for being my assistant!
Hey guys! Another yet, long over due post about some of the adventures I have been doing lately. Besides school finals happening and health, I got to have the amazing opportunity to have my very first tintype event! I have seen other WPC Photographers around the world do this, so I felt it was a bit right of passage on way with being a photographer. In this blog post it is featuring two different subjects that both fit together.
One of the things that made the mothers day event so special, was the backdrop I used. Valentine of Valentine Viannay = Art + Design hand sketched and hand painted a Chinoiserie style backdrop. A Chinoiserie is a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. When I first met with Valentine, we started talking about the style I would love for this piece, I based it off old Alfred Cheney Johnston photographs of his studio and backdrops he used.
When I got to meet with her again, I got to see the canvas she had got being stretched out on a wood frame. I never knew what it took to create a painting or anything on canvas, so learning about how canvas was treated was new to me and fun to see. The next step was sketching out the idea. I was lucky enough to watch her work her magic (in her studio) using an orange colored pencil on the canvas and adding characteristic features later to be painted.
After that day I would get updates of her painting with photos and a video ( video doesn't play on my blog, sorry Valentine :( ) The detail is astounding!
The finished art piece is 8ft tall and 6 ft wide.
A big giant thank you to Valentine for taking the time for creating this!!
Mothers Day, A Tintype Event
On May 9th, the day before mothers day was my tintype event at Chateau Bel Age in Mission Hills, CA. I have to say this experience has opened my eyes to all the other hard working artists out there doing their craft at art events. So many things can go wrong, but so many things can go right. I loved meeting new people and listen to their interest in history and photography.
On this particular day on West Lewis St, they were having a Lavender Stroll. This was also a first to me and will probably now and forever be going to events on this street. A lot of the stores were having sales and interesting things to watch. I didn't get to see much of the street due to doing tintypes, but my mum walked around and loved everything.
Here are some BTS photos from the event.
The below images are some of my favorite from this event. A big warm thank you to Valerie of Chateau Bel Age for opening her outside space of her store to me and having me there! It was a worthwhile magical experience. A another big thank you to Valentine of Valentine Viannay = Art + Design for offering me this chance and helping me every step of the way for this to be possible. And to Colleen, who created the chalkboard designs for this event!
Catherine Segura is a Millennial Slacker working her way to being full time Wet Plate Photographer, she occasionally picks up a DSLR camera.