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1st Place in Canada in CAPIC Double Vision Contest! Also Published.

1st Place in Canada in CAPIC Double Vision Contest! Also Published in the summer edition of REVOLUTION Magazine!

A great honour this past Wednesday when I took first place with my partner, Illustrator, Simon Dupuis in the yearly CAPIC Double Vision contest in Toronto, Ontario. I was shocked to receive 1st place for my experimental fine art portrait. Our work will be hanging for the rest of the month at the Papermill Gallery. Both pieces are handmade. Mine is a 16×20 hand poured Tintype, custom framed with a vintage moulding and hand detailed on the matting by a french framer to create a unique lithograph style.

Below are some images of the evening and our work- also a description of my piece and how it was made:

“Description of the team pieces: The concept behind Simon & Allison’s collaboration is to showcase their eerily similar vintage aesthetics and to create portraits that are inspired by classic carte de visites of victorian freak shows.

‘Simon The Headless Artist’
piece was created using original ferrotype (tintype, glass plate) recipes from the 1860’s – The aluminum plate is usually placed in a 16×20 large format camera, but in this case was created blending modern technology and historic ones. A digital photograph was made using an SLR which was then composited in photoshop blending and masking many layers, printed on transparency film using an epson 9900, then inserted in a 4×5 enlarger. The enlarger acted as the camera. The Mammoth plate is exceedingly difficult and tedious to create. They require a team of two people to handle, pour, dip & clean. They also require very large vestibules to hold over 400g of silver nitrate, 1600g of fixer, 1/2 jug of developer, gallons of distilled water and many tears, scott towels, bottles of windex and sighs! This was the artist’s first attempt at creating Mammoth plates.”

The second exciting news for me to share with you is the 8 page article about me and my Vintage Photography in the National Magazine REVOLUTION – it is on news stands now and features a multitude of portraits and info about how I got into vintage techniques. What a year of success’!!

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