Tintype Portraits

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These tintype-like portraits are an extension of the documentary project An Ordinary Place and were taken with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic application. Unlike the labor-intensive 19th century process it mimics, the effects created by the app — mottled surfaces, vignetting, radical shifts in focus — are unearned, and so I am suspicious of the results. Yet the ease of taking the photos, and the element of chance involved, inspire a sense of play and a willingness to take risks on the part of both the subject and photographer. There’s an unavoidable intimacy involved. It’s hard to hide behind, or even from, an iPhone.

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