This is a recent tintype that I made just outside my studio, which is in an old Textile Mill in Taylors, SC. Just across the street from the studio is a vast field, part of which is marshy, that extends for over a mile to a railroad trestle. The field is surrounded by dense forest, and I thought it was a perfect location for making a tintype portrait. This subject of this whole plate (6.5″ x 8.5″) is Jamie, the son of an artist friend, who will be going off to college in the fall.
As I processed this plate, I allowed it to remain in the fixer for a much longer time than normal, causing the collodion to begin to dissolve around the edges. The mysterious looking terrain behind Jamie seems to be melting away – just as the world of high school is, as he prepares for college life in an art school. Yet he is standing on a solid platform – not the literal concrete drainage entrance – his own emerging sense of self as artist. He’s a very gifted photographer, and I’m sure we’ll continue to see more amazing work from him in the coming years.