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I came across a free tutorial on making your own top hat. This is great for people interested in steampunk fashion or in Victorian-era clothing or even those who want to dress up as Abraham Lincoln. The hat can be sized up or down depending on the head size. It could even be made for dolls of any size if you make the pattern small enough.

Jon Wye

I first came across this guy at a local street crafts fair and I fell in love with his products at first site. Has a really cool line of handcrafted leather belts. Also designs unique t-shirts, such as this variation on the classic pirate skulls and crossbones symbol. (I actually purchased that t-shirt for my husband, who loves to cook and who also has a macabre sense of humor.)

Then there were a pair of photographers whom I met in person yesterday.

Barry Schmetter

Daniel Afzal

They are part of a new studio group called Art Reactor and they had an open demonstration yesterday. I decided to check it out partially because I am a bit of a photography geek they were doing demonstrations of using old cameras and other photography equipment, some of which dated as far back as the 1860’s. In addition, Art Reactor had recently taken over a space that was previously occupied by my friend’s shop where I had a few of my things for sale. (My friend had the misfortune of opening her shop in early 2008 about a week before the financial economic meltdown and, as people were being thrown out of work, she didn’t get many customers. By mid-2009 it was over and my friend closed her shop down.) I had also worked for a while in my friend’s shop for a while until my own health problems forced me to stop. (By the time I was well enough to resume working, she was in the process of going out of business.)

So it was pretty interesting to see what became of my friend’s former store. The bathroom now doubles as a darkroom for the photographers so if you get the urge to go, you have to either wait for the photographers to finish their darkroom work or run a few doors down to the nearby cafe and use their restrooms. The space has fewer furniture than before and the decorations are sparse compared to before. Of course, the cashier’s counter and cash register are gone.

So Barry Schmetter and Daniel Afzal were demonstrating the wet plate collodion method of photography. This entry on Art Reactor’s blog has photos of one of the cameras used in this demonstration. (Yes, that’s one of the cameras that was manufactured back in the 1800’s.) Barry used tin while Daniel used glass to take photos with. Unlike film or digital photography, the photographer must use chemicals to clean and prepare the glass or tin before the photographer can even take a picture.

Daniel even let me help him with one of the photo taking sessions with glass plates. Looking in the old camera to focus was an interesting experience. For one thing, modern cameras have a viewfinder which allows you to look at things right side up. With an old camera, you are looking directly through the lens so you are seeing the image upside down and you have to focus based on the upside down image.

Developing the glass in the darkroom was similar to developing film (which I did when I took a couple of photojournalism classes at the University of Maryland back in the early 1980’s) except you have to wait longer for the image on the glass to stabilize.

What was really cool was that a few people showed up dressed in Victorian-era outfits and they had their portraits taken. Taking someone’s picture is different because the subject must not move at all for a period of time. Even blinking the eyes can affect a photograph. The resulting pictures had an ethereal quality and they looked like photos that were taken over a century ago.

It was interesting to see tin and glass photography but I’m not sure I would ever adopt that for myself. The cameras required are so huge that they would create a major storage problem. (The biggest camera I saw was about the size of a small cabinet.) Even though the cameras in the Art Reactor studio were on wheels, they are still not exactly the most portable photographic devices. Plus you can’t take sudden pictures or photos with lots of movement. Basically you’re limited to things like formal portraits.

Okay, I’ll admit I’ve been spoiled by digital photography. (LOL!)

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