Tin Gun 2, 2016

Tif Hunter

Tin Gun 2, is a playful still life photograph of a vintage toy gun, shot by Tif Hunter using a 19th century technique. The image bears beautiful markings and chemical glitches, created by the traditional development process. 

“One of the many amazing things about tintypes is the incredible level and quality of detail. The image is recorded on individual molecules of silver nitrate, bound in the layer of collodion sitting on the metal plate. Because of this atomic resolution, the gradations of tone on a tintype are beautifully natural and real.

Reality is what I’m trying to convey on each of my tintypes. No retouching. The simple truth. Objects seen with all their natural imperfections.

Wabi sabi. It’s all in the detail.” - TIF HUNTER.

This photograph is available for the first time as a limited edition C-type print on matte Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper. Tin Gun 2, comes backed with an authentication sticker; numbered, dated and signed by the artist, accompanied by a digital certificate of authenticity.

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  • Tif Hunter
    Tintypes are a 19th century technique creating photography directly onto metal without the use of film. It is an astonishing process that Tif Hunter has worked with for the past decade; seamlessly blending a hundred-year-old practice with modern subjects and lighting.

    Each tintype is unique and being handmade, will always have natural marks and smudges brought on by the chemical process.
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    Duality is in our DNA — our founders self-describe as polar opposites — but our vision for championing accessibility, diversity, and equality in the art world is a shared one. It informs everything we do, from the prints we sell to the stories we tell. Art is for everyone and there is no one way to be a collector.

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    Although we’re not perfect, we do pride ourselves on our packaging. We use as little as possible and have worked hard to find the most environmentally-friendly packaging on the market.

    Our poster tubes and print boxes are eco-friendly, made from recycled content and fully recyclable. On occasion, to improve our carbon footprint, our prints will be shipped direct from our printers in co-branded packaging.

WHAT EVEN IS A C-TYPE PRINT?


A digital C-type print is a photographic print made from a digital file rather than a negative. In contrast with the darkroom or analogue technique, a C-type print is developed by exposing light-sensitive material to LEDs or lasers, with the material then washed using methods similar to traditional photography. The “C” stands for chromogenic. 

At Darklight Art, we sell works by photographers and visual artists as both giclée and C-type prints. C-types are known to have much more subtlety of tone, known as continuous tone, than Giclée prints. Because of this, C-types have smoother gradients from light - dark, making them better-suited to photographic prints where there are areas of high shadow, and skin tones.

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ECO PACKAGING

We’ve worked hard to find the most environmentally friendly packaging on the market. Our print boxes and poster tubes are made from recycled cardboard and are fully recyclable. The tube ends are made from recycled plastic and are also recyclable. 

Our tissue paper is recycled, eco-friendly and vegan. It's PH neutral and approximately 35% of the electrics used to make it is produced from renewable energy.

For the final touch, our tape is paper based and water activated, so no need for any nasty adhesives or plastics. It’s made from - you guessed it - 100% recycled content and printed with soy ink.

To improve our carbon footprint, some of our prints will be shipped direct from our printers in co-branded packaging *

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