Photographer Jeff Sass Uses Vintage Gear, Expired Film and Photo Paper to Create Unique Portraits

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Photographer Jeff Sass Uses Vintage Gear, Expired Film and Photo Paper to Create Unique Portraits

Memorializing the present for the future via the past.

Henryk Ptasiewicz is a highly respected contemporary painter.  Jeff Sass is a traditional photographer using vintage and antique cameras with historic and alternative darkroom methods. In advance of Henryk’s upcoming exhibition at OA Gallery in September, Jeff agreed to shoot Henryk’s portrait using his unconventional (for the digital age) equipment and techniques.

The Photo Shoot

When we need a few promotional photos for an artist we reflexively pull out a digital camera and snap a few. Photographer, Jeff Sass suggested a portrait using some of his vintage gear and processes. What started as unremarkable turned into a fascinating experience.
Photographer Jeff Sass photographs Artist Henryk Ptasiewicz
There were a few lights, but Jeff knew had in mind exactly what he wanted so setup took just a few minutes.
Jeff Sass' Vintage Camera and Lens with Custom Made Lens Mount
Jeff Sass’ Vintage Camera – 1940s speed graphic with an Aero Ektar lens.

The Process

Jeff shared some photos of the process along the way. The steps were pretty much the same as manually processing any film and prints, but he uses a few simple ingredients to revive the film and photo paper to make it all happen.
Jeff uses natural ingredients to activate expired film and photo paper.
Jeff uses natural ingredients to activate expired film and photo paper.
Stopping the reaction on one of the negatives
Stopping the reaction on one of the negatives
The Negatives
The large format negatives dry after processing in Jeff’s cocktail of natural ingredients.
The First Print Emerges
The First Print Emerges
Photographs of Henryk Ptasiewicz by Jeff Sass
With a little science and creativity, vintage film and paper produces beautiful, vintage looking photographs.

Voila

The result are photographs of Henryk that look as though they might have been taken in the 1940’s or 50’s. 


Contact Jeff to create a unique vintage photograph or view his creations on Facebook.

Henryk’s artwork can be seen at his exhibition at “Celebrity” at OA Gallery opening September 1st.
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