The other day, a bride asked me which images on my site were my vintage process images. I said that there were some examples in the “vintage processes” gallery. She said she thought that it looked like there were vintage ones in the other galleries, too. Oh.
And then I realized it might be a good time to clarify what I mean by “vintage processes”—and what other kinds of “vintages” you might find on my website. When I say “vintage processes,” I generally mean vintage printing processes. (In previous years, I called my vintage processes “alternative processes” because they are alternative processes to the traditional silver gelatin black-and-white printing process). So, however an image is captured (digital, film, etc.), this vintage processing describes how I print it on paper. For clearer illustration, I’m only going to use images from my site. These few examples represent some of the most common vintage printing processes I use, but I do use and experiment with other processes quite often.
These are Polaroid Transfers, also sometimes called “image transfers”:
Polaroid emulsion lifts:
Here are a few Polaroid 55 images. Technically, they aren’t a printing process. But, I often use the 4×5 negatives to print platinum/palladium hand prints. These negatives have an extraordinary quality. I’m going to grieve when I run out of this film. Actually, I’m going to grieve when I run out of all my Polaroids. (Still quietly hoping somebody picks up production of all those films).
But I have been experimenting with shooting some fun Fuji films in my antique 4×5 camera. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with these negatives … just yet.
You might also see images that I took using vintage film stock or vintage or toy cameras. Here are just a few examples …
In general, we are all so very nostalgic about weddings—even before they happen. So, we may as well embrace what I like to call the modern vintage aesthetic. Behind the camera, this means your photographer is looking to capture images that evoke a sense of nostalgia. I think all wedding photographers do this instinctively—it’s our job. We capture images of you and your beloved that could be every-bride and every-groom, could be all of us.
The image above I made with no special camera, no special film—actually, it’s digital! The Rolls-Royce helps that vintagey feel, for sure, but the moment itself (Liz and Gary’s lovey nuzzle!) is what makes the image nostalgic.
So … those are my vintages. I hope this helps a little! I think other photographers may or may not use the words similarly, so be sure to ask for clarification if you need it. And if anyone has further questions for me, please leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them.
photo credit: Gia Canali