The Tintype Traveller has been a project in the making for over 20 years, but it has taken the current climate of photographic nostalgia to propel the idea to fruition.
Cynthia Gemus and Sam Oster both have a commercial practice in digital photography but share a passion for traditional photography and the craft of handmade images. The idea for an off-site and portable darkroom was revived to facilitate an effective workspace whilst allowing both artists the opportunity to work either at the studio or on location. Tintypes are a wet-plate process, which means that the images are created in the camera whilst the emulsion (chemicals and stuff) is wet, and they need to be processed immediately. Which means the darkroom needs to be on site wherever the subject can be found. Both Sam and Cynthia teach photography and with the current interest in traditional and alternative processes rising, they loved the idea of taking the darkroom and it’s traditional skills to the people!