Make Mine Marvel: A Tintype View of Graffiti & Other Cultural Markers was born out of a searching of familiar symbols and shapes presented during many international travels. An accumulation of random iPhone images began an exploration into subversive and symbolic meanings of left-behind works of art - graffiti and slap tags. These could be locally sanctioned, but mainly, they were left behind to be found by unsuspecting viewers. The images presented were first photographed with my available and daily camera - the iPhone and reinterpreted into Wetplate images by rephotographing off of an iPad screen. This was intentional to blur the line between two historical processes that presented a democratic moment in the history of photography - mediums that brought accessibility of image-making to the masses. This melding of 19th & 21st century techniques is further blurred with the advent of slap tags and graffiti as new found artwork - a modern version of cave art.
Portfolio based upon cultural travels in Vietnam during the summer of 2007. All images were produced with a Pinhole camera and shot on film. Final images printed as archival pigment prints.