Decayed Daguerrotypes

Discussion in 'Photography Techniques' started by Luke, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but I quite enjoy them. Some are so degraded that you can no longer make out the subject. I think some of these may become "texture layers" for me in the future.
    Decayed Daguerreotypes | The Public Domain Review
     
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  2. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    The third one down, of an "unidentified woman", is quite haunting. I restored a daguerrotype, of my great-grandmother when she was a child, some years back. It was quite faded, but not as challenging as some of these.
     
  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Definite ghostly feel to these.
     
  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Ooh, that's just a little bit creepy.
     
  5. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Very, very interesting. These old photographic treasures are the closest experience of time travel for me in my life time, or ever.
     
  6. tdp

    tdp Guest

    I think those are pretty cool.
     
  7. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Beautiful to me, thanks! And many other interesting stuff in the links down below.
     
  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks Luke, and what a fascinating site as a whole. I could get lost in there for days (it's a sort of web-warehouse13 ...)

    I've done a bit of reading on older photographic processes recently, and the common theme about Daguerrotypes is that they have to be seen in the flesh to understand why there's a fuss about them (because of the way the image is physically constructed no digitised or printed version can capture the subtleties)
     
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  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Funny that you mention that Paul. I was looking at some kits and daydreaming about becoming a wet plate collodion photographer because I love the look. Then I remembered that I don't even have the patience to use film.:frown:

    Rather than fail at trying to be someone I am not, I will try to excel at being the person that I am.
     
  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    yeah i could see you in the middle of some Wisconsin prairie with your portable darkroom on your back (and your Fuji scarf round your neck of course)
     
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  11. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Time is the devil for all of us ... the unrelenting force of decay.

    I gave a lecture on photography yesterday and I pulled out some B&W's from my film days and I realized that all of the photos and negatives I had for presentation were more than twice the age of the students. I described the film process for making a print ... and the daily deadlines, printing from wet negatives ... I wonder how a newspaper ever published on-time. Then the next day it started all over again. Digital is so much faster.

    @ Luke: Have you tried developing and printing film?

    Gary
     
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  12. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I like them too. I get lost in antique stores and flea markets looking at old photos etc. I have a stereo viewer and am trying to collect the most realistic stereo photos [not the printed cards] but I will also on occasion pick up random photos that people took as well.
     
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I haven't. I need immediate feedback. The wet plate would be doable (but I'll leave that to the real artists).....I can wait a couple minutes to see the result. But the last time I shot a roll of film, it took me a month to finish a roll.
     
  14. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Like most men, I lack patience. But developing and especially printing you're doing stuff all the time. Developing has some down time, film can take a while to dry, but by then you can just hang it and leave. You gotta move out here and I'll teach you film.

    Gary
     
  15. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I thought that need in me would be answered by polaroid since I shot instants when I was younger. But.. most of the cameras I picked up don't work, the film surface gets scraped over on eject [so blown shots], the impossible film is still in the developmental stage [so mostly poor results anyway] and the one good camera that I have that my husband and I bought yearsago new.. spat out the dark slide and three photos just on loading the cartridge this last time so there's three more lost and it was a decorative border silver shade. So I think when this is done it will be my last foray with these cameras. Expensive with no reward. I did just load my Medalist though with respooled 620 to see how the camera works.