About

©Brett Harkness Photography

©Brett Harkness Photography

Managing Director & Photographer Michele Selway

Assistant Director Alex- Mannion- Jones

We produce unique photographs on tin plates, based in a transportable horse box/darkroom, using a 19th Century process called Wet Plate Collodion.

Produced at #TheForge in association with Wild Rumpus.

 

 

 

 

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The Project- Tin Type Trailer

 

Michele Selway and Alex Mannion-Jones, together have a background that covers photography, theatre, film-making and fine art.

This summer they launched their newest project: The Tin Type Trailer, a traveling Victorian darkroom.

Michele has been perfecting the Wet Plate Collodion process (the main method of photography between 1850 and 1871) for three years and was enthusiastic to share her expertise with a wider audience. Teaming up with the showmanship of her partner Alex they can now travel to any event, location or educational space to engage the public in the history of photography and the magic of this traditional 19th century process.

Wet Plate Collodion was the main method of photography between 1851 and around 1870. It involves flowing a sticky substance called collodion over either a piece of tin or glass, which is then sensitised in silver nitrate. The plate is then exposed, developed, fixed and then protected with a lavender varnish. It has to be damp all the way through the process otherwise it loses it’s sensitivity. As the plates are made on tin or glass they are unique: there is no negative. This process engages the public in the history of photography and the process of development; we allow the public to view the magic in our dark room, as the image appears on the tin from negative to positive.

 

To make a booking or for further inquiries please go to the contact page.