Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley says her subjects are her partners in creating portraits. She reports, “I see each portrait as a collaborative effort, with the sitter shaping the image that represents them. My exposures are long, and during the full ten to 30 seconds I expose the image, the sitter becomes deeply aware of the image they are projecting of themselves. Although I pose them, they have control over their expression, over the persona that ultimately comes to represent them.”
We see the results of several collaborations in the exhibit “Keliy Anderson-Staley — On a Wet Bough: Contemporary Tintype Portraits,” currently at the Houston Center for Photography. Recipient of the 2014 Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship, Staley created a new set of tintype portraits of Houstonians for the exhibition. In order to achieve the look of a tintype, Staley uses period brass lenses, wooden view cameras and wet plate collodion, a unique chemical process.
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