19th Century Technique Used To Develop Images Of The Desert On Tin Cans

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Photographer David Emitt Adams‘ series Conversations with History captures images and time.  Adams collected discarded cans from throughout the Arizona desert.  The cans, eroded and reddish-brown, are as much as forty years old.  Using  wet-plate collodion, a 19th century photographic process, Adams develops the desert scenes directly onto the cans found there.  The timelessness of the deserts emerges through the images on the can, the decades of corrosion on it, and the antiquated photographic technique.

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