Wet-Plate Collodion is one of the first photographic processes invented in the 1850s. It's called “wet-plate” because the entire production of the image is created within 15 minutes while the plate is wet. The notorious volatility of the process produces images that combine hyperreal sharpness with an ethereal mix of artifacts and imperfections. In the increasingly intangible digital age, the tintype provides a refreshing point where photography approaches      alchemy.

"... I must declare that because of the discoveries in the field of photographic chemistry, there are no things or people in the physical world today that are not photogenic ..." 

San Payo

“The photography for me emerged as a form of artistic self expression but, over the years, it evolved into something less personal and true. The current photographic processes led me to a tepid nature, uninspiring and unrewarding. During the progression of my work as a photographer, several technological advances and processes have evolved, throwing away the magic that brought me to the fascination for photography - the old way of making images, with attention to technical detail, through the measurement of light, culminating in the magic of chemically seeing the arise of the photographic image.”

Nuno Marcelino