I am very pleased that I had two works accepted into the Artisphere 2016 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition.  One of those works, Portrait of Juile, won the Award of Excellence, and was announced at the opening reception on the first day of Artisphere, Friday May 13th.  My work was a 32″ x 40″ archival pigment print on Epson cold press paper.  The image is from one of my original wet plate collodion tintypes.

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The award was presented by Alan Ethridge, Director of the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council.

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Julie’s parents, Rev. Bob Chiles and Christine Zimmerman Chiles, were at the reception along with my wife, Debbie Rice.  Julie posed for my tintype on location at Tigg’s Pond in Zirconia, NC.  Julie is a very talented musician in The Buck Stops Here, a bluegrass band that just released their first album.  She had her fiddle with her in the shot and was wearing her mom’s wedding dress.

Old Main at Wofford College (2016)

Old Main at Wofford College (2016).  Image by Bryan Hiott

 

I’m pleased to have two of my archival pigment prints accepted into the Wofford College Archives in Spartanburg, SC. Both prints are from this digital image of Old Main, which was built in 1854.  The original image was in color, and I converted it to black and white and toned it in Photoshop. I then combined it with a portion of a digitally scanned glass plate from the 19th century. I wanted the final image to have the look of an albumen print from a wet plate collodion negative. Ancient and modern!  Backpacks and shorts were not worn on campus in the 19th century.

My latest tintype portrait work is featured with the work of three other artists in “New Faces 2016” at the Upstairs Artspace Gallery in Tryon, NC.  The exhibition opened on March 12, 2016 and runs through April 22nd.

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At the Opening of New Faces 2016.  Photo Credit:  Anthony Milian

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At the Opening of New Faces 2016.  Photo Credit:  Anthony Milian

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I will be giving a visiting artist talk at Furman University on June 2nd. The Olli Program for retired professionals has invited me to discuss 19th century photography and to present my wet plate collodion work to a class called “Reflections on Photography.” The class is held in the Herring Center for Continuing Education.  If the weather is nice, I’d like to do a demonstration of the process at the historic Cherrydale house on campus.

Cherrrydale House, Furman University

Cherrydale Alumni House (c. 1857-1860), Furman University

As I’ve worked in the wet plate collodion process, I’ve accumulated many images that show extreme effects of chemical reactions and accidents of the process.  Sometimes colder temperatures caused the developer not to flow properly.  In other instances, the collodion was too old and formed on the plate in a mottled way as it was poured.  Then there were also cases of silver nitrate flowing across the plate and leaving traces of movement while the plate was in the camera holder.  Finally, there were some plates that had contaminants on their surfaces — specks of dust, and such.  These are among my favorites.

I’m very pleased to have had a tintype, “Lady of the Wilderness,” accepted into the Wet Plate Collodion Juried Show at the University of Northern Colorado.  This show is juried by wet plate artist Quinn Jacobson, an educator in the wet plate process who has exhibited and taught workshops internationally.   The show opens on January 20th in the Mariani Gallery and will be on view through March 4th 2015.

Portrait of Vanessa - Tintype by Bryan Hiott

Lady of the Wilderness – Tintype by Bryan Hiott