An alumitype is a sheet of trophy aluminum used in the wet plate collodion process to make a positive image. It is distinct from a true tintype (also called ferrotype) which is made from a sheet of enameled or japanned iron. Coloring was done in Photoshop CS3 using the lasso tool to select specific areas and the hue/saturation tool to adjust color. The original size of the alumitype was 3.5 in. x 4.5 in. (quarter plate).
For your viewing pleasure, I have presented an image of a pool filtration system in posh East Hampton, NY. Why have I lavished such attention on such banal subject matter? Good question. This was shot during Eric Taubman’s workshop through the Center for Alternative Photography. While the other participants were busy trying to recreate the look of a Mathew Brady or Julia Margaret Cameron portrait, I went off and photographed what William Eggleston might have if he were using the wet plate process. I suppose I was just being contrary or, as Eggleston would say, “democratic” in my image selection.