Travel through the lens of yesterday’s Fashion & Tintype story in this behind the scenes video. A photo shoot follows a rhythm, from setup, to lighting, to showtime. Like an orchestra tunes its instruments before a concert, we tweak and adjust until we see a vision come to life. With tintype, there’s an extra magic to the process, something mysterious, tangible and ancient, where you feel like a part of physical reality has been captured forever on a metal plate.
Special thanks to Giles Clement and his traveling tintype.
What is a dream? The American dream? The dream of stardom, of fame and fortune? Dreams of love? The dream marriage? We all have a dream, be it big or small, and I think actually we have more of these dreams in common than we realize.
Take our beautiful model – here she is, her 2nd day in New York. Young, beautiful, & wanting to make a better life for herself. She came here without family, sleeping in a friend’s apartment on the Upper East Side, so small they share a bed at night.
I was thinking about these stunning, intricate Monique Lhuillier bridal gowns which are individually a dream themselves. To have a gown of such care and design is a dream I’ve dreamed many times. The purpose of these treasures are to dress the body of brides. I remember being a bride, how full of dreams I was…wanting the night to float in the heavens as this perfect memory of love.
We shot some of my favorite pieces from the recent Spring/Summer 2015 Monique Lhuillier collection on tintype, a photographic process from the 1860s which creates a direct positive of the image on a thin sheet of iron holding the photographic emulsion, here at our studio in collaboration with our new friend and tintype photographer Giles Clement, who we met down in Texas this past spring. I chose to capture this young beautiful girl with all her dreams before her in these stunning romance-laced gowns on this 150 year old photographic process because I wanted it to look like a dream, what each of these subjects represent to me. Photography is so many things, surveys such an array of purposes from science and technology, art and commerce, to capturing historic and everyday events. Photography can also be a way to see into a fantasy, to create a world that only exists in your mind… and isn’t that the definition of dreams?
Special thanks to Giles Clement who spent the day with us creating these one of a kind pieces of art together; I cherish these photographs- a dream come true.
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Modeled by Michaela of Decorum Models // Tintype Specialist Giles Clement // Makeup by Morgan Gates // Nails by Phylicia Henry // Hairstyling by Joseph DiMaggio // Dresses by Monique Lhuillier // Shot at Ann Street Studio
I’ve been really interested in alternative processes in photography recently. A few weekends ago I took a workshop on carbon printing at the Penumbra Foundation in midtown Manhattan. I have to say, if you are at all interested in learning about old photography processes such a tintypes, glass plate negatives, platinum printing and a whole history of photography more then this place is incredible. (PS- the lab on street level is where I take all my film for processing! Tell them I sent you. I’ve been going there since college!)
So you can imagine my excitement when I was down in Texas with Squarespace and learned they had commissioned Portland-based photographer Giles Clement to make tintypes of all the performing musicians. These small one of a kind artifacts are a labor of love and it’s true magic to behold in the development process. What starts out as a ghostly blue fog on a sheet of black metal slowly develops into a beautiful and quite striking portrait. I’m so in love with how this process seems to capture the soul of its sitter and admire Giles for creating this exquisite collection… Giles, sorry if I was a creepy fan girl stalking you all day!
See all the musicians’ tintype portraits from the Heartbreaker Banquet here.
Want to have your own tintype portrait made? You can stop by the tintype portrait studio in Manhattan!
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