David Emitt Adams | Conversations with History

I thought I'd share the work of David Emitt Adams today as I was drawn to his work entitled, "Conversations with History". Using discarded cans from the desert floor, and made into crafted tintypes, Admas manipulated found tins through a labor-intensive 19th century photographic process known as wet-plate collodion. He created images on their surfaces that he explains, "speak to human involvement with the deserts landscape; the results are objects that have history as artifacts and hold images connected to their locations". In his own words:

The deserts of the West also have special significance in the history of photography. I have explored this landscape with an awareness of the photographers who have come before me, and this awareness has led me to pay close attention to the traces left behind by others. For this body of work, I collect discarded cans from the desert floor, some over four decades old, which have earned a deep reddish-brown, rusty patina. This patina is the evidence of light and time, the two main components inherent in the very nature of photography. " - DEA

See more below or visit him online at davidemittadams.com

Jan Halvarson


DISOWNED said...

This is the most creatively inspirational thing I've seen/heard of in recent history. I absolutely love the concept and technique, and I'm stunned by the finished product.

<3 dani

Hannah | Fox and Willow said...

how innovative! very intriguing and beautiful


Letitia - The Fashion Editor said...

How interesting. I never thought I would say this, but that tin can is beautiful.

meeni said...

So beautiful and evocative

Yna said...

Wow, that's so great. That's art.Yes it is.

Margaret Adamson said...

Fantastic art form. very creative.