Stereoscopic Photography

This winter’s project is to try to convert this vintage glass plate camera into a stereoscopic camera for next summer’s street portrait project.

Below is my “template” for what is needed to make my camera stereoscopic.   Mostly, I need to add a septum/divider to to the bellows.    And I need to find two lenses that identical enough to make two photographs at the same time.  Easy, right?  Oh!  And I need to adapt the back to accept a 5×7 film holder instead of glass plates.

While I am working on piecing these things together I think I will learn to make single images with it. 🙂  Maybe even put the camera on a slider and make stereoscopic images that way.!49274!US!-1:rk:1:pf:0


Salted paper print portrait from a recent Slow Exposure session.  It was December, but the snow hadn’t started to fly yet!

Love this serene moment with Hannah.

Salted paper prints for high school seniors!

Love this salted paper print from a recent high school senior session.

Try a salt print session for a unique, yet timeless way to document life’s milestones.

Slow Exposure portrait sessions last just 30 minutes and include four 4×5″ salted paper prints matted to 8×10 for ease of framing.  To bridge the gap between the analogue world and everything digital, 4 digital proofs created from the sheet film are also included.


Cylinder Proof Press!

I’m very excited about today’s arrival of my second printmaking press!  It’s a Challenge cylinder proof press and it consists of two basic parts; a cylinder with handles and a platform onto which the cylinder rolls and rests. 

Together the two pieces weigh 350 pounds!

Here is a video demonstration of a similar style press in use…

Earlier this summer I found a 6×10″ Model Q Kelsey letter press.  The two presses will allow me to explore a wide range of letterpress techniques.

Look for posts this spring about letterpress workshops for youth and again in the summer about workshops for kids at the Hillsdale Community library.  I’m also hoping to travel my letterpress to the 2018 Hillsdale County Farmers Market.

Stay tuned as I delve into this new to me media art technology!






Salted Paper Print Portraits

Salted paper print portraits are available at the Hillsdale County Farmers Market as a “Street Portrait”; they can also be purchased as a “Slow Exposure” portrait session.

The first step in making a salted paper print portrait is to create a 4×5″ negative using a vintage view camera.   Once processed, the negative looks something like this…

Photograph of a 4×5 negative stored in a protective plastic sleeve.

The 4×5 film is then used to make a salted paper print.  Salt prints are an historic photographic process invented by Henry Fox Talbot and used commercially in 1840.  Salt print paper is hand coated twice; once with a salt solution and again with a silver nitrate solution.  After the paper is dried the negative is placed on top of it inside a special contact printing frame and it is all placed outside in the sun for printing.  The ultra violet light from the sun reacts with the silver nitrate turning it dark.  The areas that are most transparent in the negative are exposed to the greatest amount of light and are the darkest areas in the print.

Salt prints are difficult to photograph in a way that truly captures their unique beauty, but here is an example of a salted paper print portrait made from the negative shown above…

This is a digital photograph of a salted paper print. It gets the idea across that this is a very unique process, but nothing compares to seeing them in person.

In addition to the salt prints, I also create digital scans of the 4×5 negatives used to make the salt prints.  The scanned images are included in the Slow Exposure sessions as one more way to share with family and friends.

Digital scan of the original 4×5 negative; it’s included with the Slow Exposure portrait session.