Al Forrester with his Mobile Wet Plate Studio on location in Tywardreath, Cornwall

Al Forrester with his Mobile Wet Plate Studio on location in Tywardreath, Cornwall

 

The Tintype Company

The Tintype Company is a mobile wet plate photographic service specialising in portraiture - including family, group and individual shots. With his mobile darkroom, photographer Al Forrester can travel nationwide to capture a unqiue image of you around your home or at your event.

Al enjoys the challenge of a different environment and backdrop on every shoot.

Al Forrester

Al Forrester lives and works in Newquay, Cornwall but he travels nationwide with his mobile wet plate photography service: The Tintype Company. Al has been working with wet plate photography techniques since 2012, after a haunting portrait on glass caught his eye at an exhibition in the Met Museum in New York City. After some research into old photography techniques, Al began experimenting with various lenses and chemicals to develop his own images on glass and metal plates.

In 2014 Al met  New York photographer Joni Sternbach and her friend west coast photographer Lisa Dodge who were working on a series of shoots on a beach in Newquay for Joni's Surfland project, more here. Having been greatly influenced by Joni's craft and Lisa's passionate knowledge for all things wet plate Al saw that it was possible to take the wet plate process away from a studio and into anyones home. Since then, Al has built a bespoke mobile darkroom that allows him to shoot in any location.

Al shoots on a Deardorff V8 camera with a variety of lenses including a standard prime, wide angled and an old WW2 aerial reconnaissance lens.

What Is wet plate / tintype?

Wetplate photography is a photographic process pioneered just after the advent of photography in 1852 by inventor Frederick Scott Archer. The image created is a direct positive and is captured directly onto a thin sheet of glass (Ambrotype) or Black anodised aluminium (Tintype). There is no negative, so once the plate has been developed and varnished you are left with a one off, unique image.

The tintype experience is more than just sitting for a portrait as you are able to see the whole process taking place directly in front of you.

To find out more about Al’s recent projects, see the gallery and follow The Tintype Company on Instagram

If you have any questions please email alforrester@mac.com or call +44(0)7949911703

The Tintype Company on location at Nancarrow Farm, Cornwall

The Tintype Company on location at Nancarrow Farm, Cornwall