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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Meet Guest Artist Photographer Tiffany Teske

Meet Tiffany Teske of

When asked about inspiration for her photography, Tiffany responded, "For my fine art
photography I am often influenced by the past... I love collecting vintage and histotical images. I love to look at photographs made using collodion and other antique photography processes. Each style of photography interests me but I am very drawn to the pictoralists and to early women photographers like Julia Margaret Cameron and Chansonetta Stanley Emmons. I love romantic, dream like images, as well as broken, forgotten, and decaying subject matter. I try to preserve old things, through photography. I work mostly with Polaroid processes like Polaroid transfer and emulsion lifts. They suit my subject matter and sensibilities."

She likes the viewer to tell me what moves them about my work. "I feel everyone sees something different and I am fascinated by which person picks which images. As for my Polaroid transfers, some people don't quite understand what it is."

Tiffany sent me the following information explaining it. "This unique photographic art begins when Tiffany captures an image on slide film. The slide is then projected onto Polaroid pack film which is peeled prematurely. The “waste” side of the film pack, which contains processing chemicals, is then placed face down onto wet watercolour paper and brayed. The result is a one-of-a-kind hand-pulled photographic transfer of the original slide image. The original image can be transferred an unlimited number of times but the resulting transfer will always vary from the last. Each transfer is approximately 3 ½” by 4” in size and is hand signed by Tiffany."

When some people see the texture of the watercolour paper showing through the image, especially on the computer, they think I am showing a bad quality (pixelated) digital image, not a hand printed photograph on paper. I want them to understand that each image is an original, not a print, that I have hand printed using this process."

Featured above are two photos that use the process described above. Tiffany's shop has many pieces in it with a variety of styles. This is your chance to get some lovely original photography that is different and beautiful.

The titles of the two pieces are:
Second Hand
Heart (Haiti)
Both can be found in her shop, "