I make tintypes using a process that has remained fundamentally unchanged for over 150 years. As a historian, I’m drawn to the process for the connection to the past that it provides. As an artist, I’m drawn to the otherworldliness inherent in the medium – as if the image itself has emerged from the past or from a newly-remembered dream. I feature both the familiar and the unfamiliar in my work, taking self-portraits of my hands and face, and “portraits” of objects that naturally have a strong presence. Whether featuring objects or myself, I seek to heighten the otherworldly nature of tintypes, playing with focus and depth of field, alternately isolating the subject against a plain background or setting the subject among layered patterns, using multiple or long exposure to create ghostly and ethereal images. Ultimately, I hope that viewers find a glimpse of the past or a dream world within my tintypes, and come away with a sense of the magic of this medium.