1800s Camera

Photo credit: Giles Clement via My Modern Met

Nashville-based photographer Giles Clement wanted to produce moody portraits, but with vintage equipment. So, she decided to use equipment that dates back 160-years, “from an era when cameras were made by craftsmen in small shops and lenses were designed using slide rules, experience and feel.” Her techniques involve the use of tintype and ambrotype, with the former taking up to 10-minutes to make. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

160-Year-Old Camera
160-Year-Old Camera
160-Year-Old Camera
160-Year-Old Camera
160-Year-Old Camera
160-Year-Old Camera
160-Year-Old Camera

“The vintage portraits by Clement are striking – they’re dark, moody, and it feels like we’ve entered a time-warp just by looking at them. To showcase his ambrotypes, Clement has printed them on a glass plate, which he then has his subjects hold in front of them. This creates a fantastic juxtaposition where the past meets the present in one compelling, seamless composition,” according to Hi Consumption.