Friday, June 14, 2013

Photography...About a Hundred Years Ago.

When you start to rummage about in old boxes that haven't been opened for years, you sometimes come across the neatest things. Today, I found these old old tin types, remember those, photographs made on pieces of tin, as in metal folks. And yup, they are still holding up rather well I think. They were made about a hundred years or so ago by some photographer in some small town who took pictures with an old folding camera similar to this one, and then spent hours upon hours in the darkroom sloshing about in various chemicals until the desired results were realized. In a lot of these old darkrooms, these old folks used a kerocene safelight with red and amber glass filters in front of a flame from a wick which was soaked in kerocene. The one in the upper right corner was made by Kodak around 1902, and could be used on location in a tent if need be. When I see what these old photographers had to work with, and the absolutely astoundingly beautiful photos they made, it makes me want to slap the next so called "photographer" right up side of their heads when they whine about "noise" in their high ISO images. They should really be worried about where their digital images will be in another 100 years from now, and if there will be anything to display them with or on....That is why I have returned to the darkroom and black and white photography recently, which is why I haven't been posting much on here lately. Tonight, I just thought you might like to see a little of the past. Oh, by the way....this image above was lit by a little flashlight that I found at the dollar store....no flash at all. Just set the shutter to "bulb" and the aperture to f11 and have fun experimenting. This shot took about 28 seconds of waving the little light around, literally painting with light...Hope you enjoy it.

3 comments:

John Minkowskyj said...

Thanks for the rant. it all makes sense.

David c.h. Brown said...

Thanks for checking in John....yeah, I know, I get carried away sometimes.
Dave

Richard Brewer said...

Compelling. What a great find.