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Sat, Jun 15


Bloomington Fine Art Supply

Tin Type Pop-Up

What do you create when you capture the present moment through a historical lens? A timeless and meaningful keepsake for the future! Don't miss this chance to develop a lasting treasure that celebrates a moment shared with loved ones or the beauty of being authentically yourself.

Tin Type Pop-Up
Tin Type Pop-Up

Time & Location

Jun 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jun 16, 2024, 3:00 PM

Bloomington Fine Art Supply, 207 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 47404, USA

About the event

On Father’s Day weekend, you’ll find Megan Snook––ferrotype artist and owner of The People’s Portraiture––staging portraits and developing tintypes right here in-shop! Capture a moment shared by the whole family (up to 5 people), celebrate the love and friendship you share with someone special, or showcase the beauty of being your authentic self!

Sessions booked for couples or individual portraits may also include a few props provided by the guest: a lucky fishing rod, a musical instrument, a treasured heirloom, or tools of their trade or hobbies! (Weapons of any nature are prohibited, regardless of decommissioning or deactivation status.) 

After your staged portrait, you’ll have a front-row seat to the development of your image and the wet-collodion process!

What is a tin type?

The tintype is a 19th century form of photography which utilizes the wet plate collodion process. The process requires a tin plate to be coated with collodion and then soaked in a silver nitrate bath. After the silver has bonded to the collodion, the plate has become sensitive to the light, similar to a piece of film. The plate is then transferred to a plate carrier to protect it from the light until it is placed in the camera for its exposure. Once the plate is exposed, it is then returned to a dark space for development. After being washed and dried, the plate is then varnished. When the varnish has cured, the finalized plate (measuring about 4.5” x 5.5”) is then ready to be returned to the patron.

  • Once you’ve booked your session, you’ll receive an email with instructions about arrival, recommended dress, and an option to download a printable certificate if you are booking the session as a gift!
  • Following a booked session, guests will receive 10% off any purchases made while on-site.
  • All fully-cured plates will be available for pickup on Monday 6/17, at which time you will also receive a digital scan of your image.

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