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Inspiration

Photographer Creates Tin Type Images Using Wet-Plate Collodion and Rusty Old Cans

By Jules Ebe on June 13th 2013

One of the most remarkable abilities of photography is its capacity to interact and reclaim our history. The photograph is not just a document or archive, but a decisive moment that becomes frozen in time.

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Conversations with History, the inspirational series by artist David Emitt Adams, is a collection of extraordinary tin-type photos using one of the most mundane objects – old rusted cans that he found scattered across the desert floor.

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The deep reddish-brown patina is “the evidence of light and time, the two main components inherent in the very nature of photography.”

Adams creates the images on the surface of the cans through the labor-intensive process called wet-plate collodion – which was made popular in the late 1800s – and has become more popular in the last several years for its ability to fix finely detailed and rich images to metal and glass.

For Adams, the works “speak of human involvement with this landscape … The result is an object that has history as an artifact and an image that ties it to its location. These cans are the relics of the advancement of our culture, and become sculptural support to what they have witnessed.”

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We hope that this is only the beginning on the conversation.

To learn more about tin-type and wet-collodion photography, check out videos on the photographic processes here.

David Emitt Adams is represented by Etherton Gallery in Tuscan, Arizona. You can also see more of his work by clicking here.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

CREDITS: Photographs by David Emitt Adams have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

About

is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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