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Fragile Bounty

Phillip England

10th November 2017

The use of an arcane photographic technique such as the collodion tintype immediately takes us to another time. Tintypes carry light hearted associations of seaside  holiday photographs, often staged in front of a painted backdrop.  These works lasted many years and the stiff portraits of holiday makers are a  remarkable record of society  more than a century old.

When photographers  first used this technique in colonial Tasmania, decisions were being made about  nature that we must live with today. Introduced animals and plants, overfishing and pollution have transformed Tasmania from a bounteous island to one where an extinct species is a symbol of our state.

Phillip England has investigated the juxtaposition of  image,  time and environmental change in this series of precious tintype photographs. The strange chemistry of these images makes a picture  that emits a ghostly presence while being iconic in nature.  Like icons their  precious detail is an aid to contemplation of an island state that has changed  as profoundly as photography has since its invention.

Find out about the Public demonstration here and the Tintype Christmas Portrait Special here.

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Thylacine

Thylacine

Collodion tintypes, 32 x 36.5 cm, edition of 3 unique state

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Shells

Shells

Collodion tintypes, 25 x 29 cm, edition of 4 unique state

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Found Iron Objects

Found Iron Objects

Collodion tintypes, 32 x 36.5 cm, edition of 3 unique state

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Of The Sea

Of The Sea

Collodion tintypes, 32 x 36.5 cm, edition of 3 unique state

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Cradle Mountain Sequence

Cradle Mountain Sequence

Collodion tintypes, 30 x 110cm, Sequence of five 5 x 7 inch collodion tintypes

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Wallaby bones

Wallaby bones

Collodion tintypes, 32 x 36.5 cm, edition of 3 unique state

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Black flowers with bottle

Black flowers with bottle

Collodion tintypes, 30 x 24cm, edition of 2 unique state

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Black daffodils

Black daffodils

Collodion tintypes, 32 x 36.5 cm, edition of 3 unique state

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