"When Old Is New Again...""Altered Narratives" was conceived by local photographer
An accomplished photographer, she also has been known locally as the Charleston Tin Typist for several years now.
Christine took a sample "old school" photo of me last year at The Battle of Charleston.
Recently, she converted a trailer into her portable darkroom to make wet plate tintypes on the spot, right next to the battlefield.
That's how they did it back in Mathew Brady's day as he and others pioneered pictorial coverage of the War Between The States with horse-drawn facilities for developing wet plate photos.
Anyway, her growing skill with tintypes encouraged her to contact 11 other like-minded artists and photographers.
The city gallery is open and airy and well lighted for viewers of art.
However, taking a photo is a challenge because of the prints being framed with glass and there are multiple light reflections.
Most galleries do not allow photography so my preview look might be the exception.
I had a friend stand behind me to use him to block the reflected glare on "Metamorphosis."
But I started laughing when I saw the overall image his attempt made on the gallery wall.
The artists were there at this pre-opening event.
They answered questions about the media they used and detailed the many arduous steps involved. This was not a simple digital camera experience.
Just a listing of the mediums and techniques used is impressive: tintype, palladium, gum bichromate and ziatypes.
Add in hand-colored black and white art to help define the hands-on approach of crafting a photograph from start to finish.
I talked with a few others who had built darkrooms in their homes long ago.
We refreshed our memories of the chemical smells, eerie red and yellow lighting and the craft of moving images around to create some result we had only in our mind.
Let me add, that this is a wet plate collodion on aluminum.
Be sure to stop by the City Gallery and see for yourself. All of these look much better there!