Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Magic

I don't know what your children do for a living.
Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief? Or if they are even old enough to work.

Mine has graduated from college and has a job - she is a wizard.

Miss Margaret is a "historical process photographer." That means that she studies, and creates images using, archaic photographic processes. Tin types, wet collodion, deguerreotypes and many, many other long lost mad scientist kinds of photography. She's one part artist, one part chemist and one part historian.

She made this glass plate photograph, it is an ambrotype, a popular photographic method from the 1850s and 1860s.

It is my Mother's Day gift.

Amazing. The photographic image is printed on the glass sheet and it's a lovely, soft ivory color. The black is just a piece of painted black paper.


When I frame it the image will be on top of black velvet, which Margaret says is a proper way to do it.

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