by Megan King

#tintype results from the shoot on Saturday! Thanks @bigbuckaroo and @leefowler and @litchy_ko_ko  (Taken with Instagram)

#tintype results from the shoot on Saturday! Thanks @bigbuckaroo and @leefowler and @litchy_ko_ko (Taken with Instagram)

Light. I need more light! (Taken with Instagram)

Light. I need more light! (Taken with Instagram)

Silver nitrate stains, gangrene, or am I slowly turning into a #tintype? (Taken with Instagram)

Silver nitrate stains, gangrene, or am I slowly turning into a #tintype? (Taken with Instagram)

Taken with Instagram

Taken with Instagram

This never gets old… (Taken with Instagram)

This never gets old… (Taken with Instagram)

Find your mark. (Taken with instagram)

Find your mark. (Taken with instagram)

Only the second self-portrait I have ever liked. Thank you collodion. (Taken with instagram)

Only the second self-portrait I have ever liked. Thank you collodion. (Taken with instagram)

@litchy_ko_ko Look! We finally got the exposure right! (Taken with instagram)

@litchy_ko_ko Look! We finally got the exposure right! (Taken with instagram)

Taken with instagram

Taken with instagram

Taken with instagram

Taken with instagram

Hong Kong (November 2011)

Beijing, China (October 2011)

Clockwise from top: two day’s worth of successes and screw-ups, Instagram collodion tintype portrait of a Canon 5D Mark II by J.J. Hastings, self-portrait

Since I am notorious for dodging every attempt to take my photograph, willingly making a self-portrait was out of character. It caused some buzz.

Rick LePage: “You look like Jesse James’ sister. The one with the gun.”

Classmate: “Where’s Sitting Bull?”

Mom: “And since the last photo I have of you was from your high school graduation in 2005, THIS will be going on my fridge…”

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