05.02.21 #9, 6/5" x 8.5" ambrotype. Bent Tree, Jekyll Island
Introducing Joni Sternbach and her retro-tech revival of photo processes from the mid-late 1800s. Training her lens on the austere beauty of particular landscapes and seascapes -- with and without figures (she has a soft spot for surfers, see below) Sternbach has been making ambrotypes and tintypes (unique photographs -- not prints!) since 2000.
From the Abandoned Series:
These first two images from her Abandoned series are ambrotypes which are thin glass negatives shown against a black ground to appear as a positive (these are often backed on black velvet or by painting the back of the glass negative with black lacquer). A super popular technique from 1850 to 1890.
04.08.17 #8, 8" x 10" ambrotype. Broken Home, Napeague
More from Abandoned below, but tintypes.
04.07.19 #4T 6.5" x 8.5" tintype. Fish Farm Pier
05.10.31 #5, 6.5" x 8.5" tintype. Broken Bridge, Shelter Island
05.02.20 #6, 6/5" x 8.5" ambrotype. Tabby ruins, Rum Factory. Tolomato
Tintypes are similar to ambrotypes, in that the image is a negative that appears positive against a black background, but instead of glass, the negative is captured on a thin, black-enameled, iron plate.
Here are a few from her Surfers series:
06.07.12 #4 Lone Surfer, 8" x 10" unique tintype. Ditch Plains
07.02.19 #6 Aaron, 8" x 10" unique tintype. County Line
07.09.16 #10 Kim & Ed, 8" x 10" unique tintype. Ditch Plains
Inquiries? Please contact the artist directly via email or take a look at her work available at these two galleries Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY) and Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Santa Barbara, CA where a show of Joni's work opens Nov 10!)
Know any artists whose work would make a home a lovelier place? Send ideas to The Gallery. Thanks!