Surf Culture I Tintype

GILES CLEMENT is an itinerant photographer currently touring the country with his Irish Terrier and a station wagon full of cameras, lights and wet plate collodion chemicals.

In the tradition of artists and tradesmen of generations past, portrait photographer Giles Clement has taken his studio on the road. Clement uses the tintype method of photography to create unique silver images on sheets of black metal. Tintyping was popular in the late 1800’s, but was quickly abandoned as less difficult and more reliable methods of portraiture were invented. Clement’s camera equipment is antique – some of it more than 160 years old. In harmony with old methods and equipment, he uses modern lighting and technologies to capture the faces, and often the souls, of a new generation of artists, inventors and pioneers.

Wetsand Surf Shop is hosting Giles, Sunday November 23rd for a day or portraits! Each portrait takes about 10 minutes, and the resulting photograph on a metal plate will last for hundreds of years. The plates can be picked up a few days after giving the artist enough time to dry, scan and varnish them. Come enjoy some good old fashion surf culture and photography talent in Ventura, California.

Giles Clement - Surf Photography

Tintype Photography – Giles Clement

The cost per session is only 60$ for a 4×5 and 240$ for an 8×10.

You can sign up at

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