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The Tintype Traveller has been a project in the making for over 20 years, but it has taken the current climate of photographic nostalgia to propel the idea to fruition.


Cynthia Gemus and Sam Oster both have a commercial practice in digital photography but share a passion for traditional photography and the craft of handmade images. Cynthia had been finessing her tintypes from a temporary darkroom in the family home, but when a baby came along the chemicals in the home became a challenge. In the meantime Sam had been defiantly maintaining a makeshift darkroom in her shared studio in Adelaide, promising to use it more regularly as the equipment storage for 5 photographers kept pushing the darkroom into a smaller and smaller space. When the pair started experimenting with studio tintypes it was not a pretty sight as they donned fumigation masks to work in a poorly ventilated store-room between softboxes and light stands.



And so the idea for an off-site and portable darkroom was revived to facilitate an effective workspace whilst allowing both artists the opportunity to work either at the studio or on location. Tintypes are a wet-plate process, which means that the images are created in the camera whilst the emulsion (chemicals and stuff) is wet, and they need to be processed immediately. Which means the darkroom needs to be on site wherever the subject can be found. Both Sam and Cynthia teach photography and with the current interest in traditional and alternative processes rising, they loved the idea of taking the darkroom and it’s traditional skills to the people!



The Tintype Traveller is important to us because:


* It offers us a dedicated custom-made darkroom and work space;

* It allows us to work from the studio (parked in the carpark) OR on location;

* We can practice and teach traditional processes in a professional space that is safe and effective;

* We can take the darkroom to festivals and events to showcase traditional photography processes and teach workshops in more remote locations;

* It’s an old-fashioned caravan supporting an old-fashioned technique, both of which are enjoying a trendy revival.

* It's important to continue sharing traditional techniques for current and future generations to enjoy, and to keep the historic processes of photography alive




In order for us to convert the caravan into a darkroom there are many renovations and alterations that need to occur. We need to modify the interior to create bench-spaces and to install a darkroom sink and wet area. Industry-standard fume extraction and effective light-proofing need to be installed, along with appropriate safe-lighting. And the caravan needs to be painted and branded to celebrate and share it’s new identity as a mobile darkroom – the first in South Australia (as far as we know).


(image by Cynthia Gemus)


The Tintype Traveller needs to be on the road soon for upcoming workshops for the Shimmer Photographic Biennial in September 2016 - The caravan will be based at Red Poles Gallery in McLaren Vale to support an alternative processes exhibition and workshop program during September. We believe that this will be just the first of many creative opportunities to celebrate and share wet plate and other traditional and alternative photographic processes.


How The Funds Will Be Used

Caravan Renovation Fund (we have quotes and estimates on most of these but costs may fluctuate when we actually get the jobs done) ::


Painting $800

Logo stickers for caravan $500

Darkroom sink plumbing & waste management $1000

Carpentry & materials $1400

Chemical fume extraction system $715

Electrician & materials $850

Caravan infrastructure $250

Light-proofing $220

Replace the dodgy old reverse cycle air-conditioner $720

New tyres x2 $180

Stabilising legs $100

Awning $900

Generator (3200W) $919


The total is obviously more than we are asking for :)

The Challenges

Having done a lot of planning and budgeting we feel very confident that these funds will be sufficient to get the tintype traveller on the road in the short term. We have had quotes from the electrician, plumber, panel beater, painter and carpenter, and have also costed all equipment and materials. To ensure that the Tintype Traveller stays on the road in the long term, we are planning to fund maintenance and other costs by running workshops, darkroom hire days, and a variety of location shoots. 
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AU$10 +“thanks!"We will personally and individually thank you on our active and vibrant facebook page. If you have a professional page we will also link to it.
4 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2016
AU$20 +Tintype Traveller MagnetA limited edition fridge magnet of the very cool Tintype Traveller logo. Perfect for those of you who still keep film & photo paper in the fridge! You'll also get a personalised thank you on our website and facebook pages, and a link to your page (optional)
12 Chosen | 28 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2016
AU$30 +Limited Edition PostcardHand-written thanks on a gorgeous frameable Limited Edition postcard (50) - image by Cynthia Gemus, 2014
9 Chosen | 41 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2016
AU$35 +Caravan CreditsIf you are a film-based photographer looking for access to a cute and cosy darkroom just outside the city, then this is the reward for you! You can support us by buying caravan credits, which will go towards your darkroom hire. This is analog currency in the digital age - $35 gets you 4 hours in the caravan (parked in the carpark at Cog Creative Space in Norwood SA) - any time day/night.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2016
AU$90 +Editioned Tintype PrintTintype Traveller Location Series Digital Print - limited edition (24) 8x10 As soon as the Tintype Traveller is on the road (thanks to your generous support), we will take it to three exotic locations. A unique tintype will be captured of the caravan in each location: Coast, Forest, & City This reward gives you ONE signed limited edition digital print of your selected caravan location.
9 Chosen | 15 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2016
AU$200 +Your Tintype PortraitLet us capture a unique studio portrait of you, using the Tintype technique. You get to take home a delightful, quirky and interesting conversation-piece, AND we will demonstrate the process from start to finish so that you can see the traditional image-making in action. This would make an ideal gift for someone you love. Couples welcome :)
7 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2016
AU$350 +Hands-0n Tintype WorkshopWork with Cynthia & Sam in a small group (max 4) to learn how to make your own Tintype images. Bring your own large format camera or work with one of ours to create unique and interesting images. Select from one of 3 dates to find a suitable Pozible Workshop session (1 full and fun-filled day) that works for you.
5 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016
AU$500 +Your Logo on the caravan!You could be one of 5 supporter sponsors who get their logo on the caravan! These will be professionally printed and applied, and will be permanently displayed on the caravan to be seen on the road, at all events & workshops, and permanently at our studio. Sponsors will also be thanked on our web and facebook page, with links to websites. Great value!
2 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2016