It is the late 1800’s. Patrons hustle back and forth on the small town’s dirt street going about their daily activities. Horses are tied to the hitching posts, gentlemen tip their hats to the ladies, and the sound of a train whistle can be heard in the distance. The town is comprised, for the most part, of a main street lined on both sides with the necessities of doing business. Beyond main street is the wide-open prairie. Homesteads dot the land, drifters ride in looking for a bath, a place to rest or maybe just trouble, and brutal dust storms threaten. Life was simpler then, but, not necessarily easier.
In examining the work of 19th century photographers, it appears that most used wide-angle optics on their wet plate view cameras. In this series, today’s cameras and lenses have replaced the earlier processes. But, the buildings are real and, in some cases, they still stand as they once did. Photographing them with today’s cameras juxtaposes earlier history with modern day processing. In order to present these photographs with the proper sense of time, they have been rendered in the early tin type style. The monochrome graininess reminds us of how far we have come with technology.