Here is a very cool tintype portrait that we just framed. This photo was created using the height of 1850s technology. The image is exposed directly onto an aluminum plate which is coated with photographic emulsion, meaning each photo is a true original and cannot be duplicated. We used a thin, ebony-stained wood frame and a warm white cotton rag mat to frame it. This style of matting is called a “drop mat” where the window mat is raised from the backing board to create a subtle dimensional effect. This allowed us to “float” the tintype, raising it from the backing board as well so that it’s edges are visible and allowing it to cast a slight shadow.
Visit The Tintype Studio to see more of their work and to have your own portrait taken in this unique style.