Ridiculously good work from photographer Victoria Will who has been covering the iconic festival for the past few years. In the past, she’s gone for the straight forward and stunning portraits of celebrities in attendance but this year, she chose to experiment with a style that’s inspired by 18th century photography. The whole tintype process is a complex one and one that I’m not educated enough on to explain to y’all, so have a read here. It’s a time consuming, risky and lengthy process – especially when you’re at an event like Sundance and PRs must have gone crazy. More on the reverse.
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The results are crazy. The detail, depth and textural variety through each of the portraits is what makes it intriguing. Love the unpredictable finish on each of the wet plates. Here’s a quote from Victoria on why she started the series:
“A year ago I had my tin type portrait made at the Photoville festival in Brooklyn by the Penumbra Foundation,” says Will, “and since that moment I have been intrigued by wet plate work, you might even say obsessed. I am fascinated by the slow process, the finicky nature of the chemistry, and the beauty in each unpredictable result. There is something really special in each wet plate being one of a kind. It’s incredibly honest.”