These are photographs from my Strangers series.
"Tintypes were popular from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Each tintype is an unique, one of a kind photograph. The compelling idea of owning someone else’s personal photo, of someone completely unknown to yourself, is strange. We take photographs to be remembered, to mark a specific time and place. The "I was there. That happened," mentality. So to own someone else’s "I was there" moment manages to create a personal connection to the person in the photo.
The people in these photographs lived differently than we do now; no cell phones, iPods, internet etc. The difference in life style creates an otherness to the people in these photos. By defocusing the people in these photographs, it makes them that much more unfamiliar. We can see a set of eyes, a nose and a mouth, but nothing about them is specific. Yet, at the same time, the feeling of knowing them is still there.”