Michele Selway is an historical and contemporary photographer, and the producer and creative director of Tin Type Trailer, a travelling Victorian darkroom and studio, where she produces portraits at events around the country, operating from a transportable horse box/darkroom, using a 19th century process called Wet Plate Collodion.
Michele has been perfecting the Wet Plate Collodion process for five years. This was the main method of photography between 1851 and 1870 and involves flowing a sticky substance called collodion over a piece of tin or glass, which is then sensitised in silver nitrate. The plate is exposed, developed, fixed and protected with a lavender varnish. The plates are all unique: there is no negative.
The process engages the public in the history of photography and the process of development; we allow the public to view the magic in our dark room, as the image appears on the tin from negative to positive.
Michele is currently producing a body of work called Hidden Mothers which has been exhibited at Bury Art Gallery, Bankley Art Gallery and shortlisted for the Mother Art Prize 2019, exhibition at Mimosa House, London. Find out more here: