Saturday, October 17, 2015

People I know

... Having fun superimposing familiar faces in glass negative plates from the 1920s.

Images are from the forensic photography archive of the Justice and Police Museum of New South Wales. Characteristics of old glass negative slides are scratches, peeling emulsion film and imperfect edges. The gelatin coating was usually done by hand and can be evidenced by fingerprints on the plate at the corners or edge. The quality of this method provides mysterious and surprisingly unintended effects.