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Photographer Uses A 160-Year-Old Camera To Take Hauntingly Beautiful Portraits

Nashville-based photographer Giles Clement sets his work apart by utilizing an imperfect, 160-year-old camera along with techniques once popularized in the 1850s and 1860s.

While others are focused on the latest and greatest forms of technology and photography, Clements says he admires equipment “from an era when cameras were made by craftsmen in small shops and lenses were designed using slide rules, experience and feel.”

Clements uses two older and complicated approaches: tintype and its sister type, ambrotype.

It takes approximately 10 minutes for one image to process along with an abundant amount of light which then yields captivating works of vintage portraits.

The time-warped ambrotype photos are displayed on a glass plate for his subject to hold in front of them. The apposition is a unique presentation of past and present.

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Giles Clement – Ambrotype Photography from Red Bull Photography on Vimeo.

You can check out even more of Clement’s incredible photography over at his website. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram!

Photo credits: Giles Clement

h/t: My Modern Met

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