Fine Art - NOMINEE: Eduardo Ripoll
Those summer days
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The project Those Summer Days it’s a serie of 6×7 cm tintypes, Tintype it’s a photographic process of XIX century, each plate is entirely unique and made it with the technic of wet plate collodion, a photographic process invented in 1849. A plate of glass or metal is coated with collodion (ether, alcohol and salts of bromide and iodide) and then submerged into silver nitrate to make it light sensitive. After it is taken out it must be exposed and processed within a few minutes before the plate dries. The result is an unique image, a direct positive as there isn’t negative. For this project I used a modern camera, a Mamiya 7, the result is tintypes 6×7 cm, there are unique unrepeatable, with the imperfections of the moment they were taken.
I have always wanted to tell stories and, for me, photography is the perfect language for this aim. Apart from perfect it is also different from the rest of them because the photographer does not have to start from a blank sheet but is the photographer the one who chooses the elements which will create the story of reality.
Since more than two years ago, I take more pleassure taking three tintypes a day than taking eight photos per second. I call it slow pohotography, where each step is carefully meditated since the single realization of an image requires an intense planification. The tintype is the result of a process called wet plate collodion, a technique used in the XIX century, a fragile alchemy which blends glass or iron with silver and other salts to get an incomparable and unique, almost magical effect, given that it cannot exist a negative and it has no other realisable ability, as it happens in traditional photography.