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Wet Plate Photography ... on an iPhone Back!

ambrotype iphone backWhen I started on my iPhone back project I actually researched wet plate photography, the process of putting an emulsion on glass, exposing it, and developing it into an image. How awesomely steampunk that would be!

However, though I've done a little black and white developing and printing in the distant past, I am by no means skilled in this discipline.

However, Jake Potts was thinking along the same lines and had the mad skillz to bring his project to fruition!

Click through to view his process and the results.

Putting Old Lenses on a Canon DSLR

While digging through my old camera equipment I came across my Grandfather's 35mm Exa . While I have absolutely no desire to revisit the days of film, I was kind of interested in what sort of image the old German made lens would produce on my modern Canon DSLR so I went in search of a way to attach it. 

I found machined custom metal adapters, and adapters made with scavenged old Canon lens, but I was looking for something cheaper and easier to mod.

It all came together when I spotted an inexpensive plastic adapter made to mount the plastic lens from a Diana camera on a Canon DSLR.


Yr Doin' It Right #3 - Sweep

As seen this morning via the oddity sandwich that is Google Buzz/riotclitshave:

Model: Ulorin Vex
Photographer: Allan Amato

This is definitely Doin' It Right [TM]. Heck yes.

Skinner UnaFlow Steam Engine

Skinner Unaflow Steam Engine at Nichols and Stone Factory in Gardner, MAThis is a 26" bore Skinner UnaFlow steam engine with a 275 KVA alternator attached. 



Kevin Rolly's photography

(image: Kevin Rolly, AKA Kevissimo, seen here as SteamMonk)

Friend and co-BurningMan-conspirator Kevin Rolly is a fantastic photographer- He often paints and collages photos, creating an otherworldy beauty.

Link is to his Flickr site, which has some NSFW images.

Quaintrelles, Dandies, and Flâneurs #3


Back with another round of street fashion and casual, wearable steampunk! This week's featured soul is writer and critic Jessica Lawson. I stayed at her current residence in San Francisco last week as I toured with The Ghosts Project, and I was pleasantly surprised when she emerged in the following get-up. Jessica is employed as a teacher at the University of Iowa, and her clothing choices prove that one can be professional and fashion forward simultaneously.

We took these images outside Macky Hall on the California College of the Arts campus, Oakland, CA. Thank you to Jessica for posing for me and for letting me borrow her camera. I thought I'd be clever and leave my SLR at home for a change, but it seems I can't escape playing photog, ever. :) Read on for outfit details!

Yr Doin' It Right #2 - Flickr Favorites

5314mOne of my favorite late-night time-wasting activities is trolling Flickr for shiny bits. There are so many glorious puddles of inspiration nestled in photo sets and galleries, and I adore frolicking through them. I'd like to share with you some of my tasty findings in regards to vintage punk fashion. Delish.

Thank you to all of the models, photographers, artists, and designers whose work I reference below. Click through the photos for additional details. <3

[Image to the right is of Magdalene Veen, taken by The Dag Lab. Stained fishnet stockings make sexy arm accessories.]

Maker Resolutions for 2010

A very happy new year to all of our readers from the staff of SPWS!

2010 really does sound like the future, does it not? I feel like this year is going to be very productive and positive for many of us. On that note, I'd like to ask you all what your resolutions are, but with a twist: What are you going to make this year? What projects are on the docket? Let's share ideas and trade inspiration.

I intend to work on more DIY fashion--it's been ages since I got out my sewing machine and tailor's chalk. I hope that urging myself to sketch more, stitch more, dye more, and photograph higher-concept shoots will enable me to grow exponentially as an artist and a maker (and give me shinier things to show off here!).

So, what are you going to do?


[In the photo:
Model: Molly Mitchell of Deshret Dance Company
Makeup + Hair: Lindsey Watkins
Corset vest: Molly Mitchell
Hat: Redd Walitski
Military mosquito tent ballskirt and photo: Libby Bulloff]

Steampunk Cruise on Sydney Harbor

Patrick writes:

On the 19th of December I had the good fortune to be a part of a Steampunk Cruise aboard a restored 1902 Steamship called 'The Waratah'. It was a truly incredible Steampunk event and we were fortunate enough to have had a professional photographer onboard with us.

Click through for a few more photos and a link to the full set of wonderful images of what I'm sure was a fabulous cruise of Sydney harbor.  

I am most jealous of these fine folk as they cruise the warm waters of the Southern hemisphere whilst I sit through yet another New England Winter.  Brrrr....

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Happy Merry from SPWS

No brainy fashion content today, folks! Just want to wish you all a happy merry on behalf of the entire staff of SPWS.  May all your days be electrifying.

Should you wish to show 'n brag, feel free to let me know about your favorite gift given/received in the comments section. I scored this gorgeous graphic pottery bowl from MudStuffing. Note the sexy vintage boot images!


Quaintrelles, Dandies, and Flâneurs #2


Time for another installment of my vintage punk street fashion column! Sticking with casual menswear, I'd like to introduce a gentleman that Jake and I acquired this past summer at the Bay Area Maker Faire. This is industrial designer Noah Beasley, originally hailing from Denver, CO. Noah does groundbreaking things with 3D metal printing to create jewelry with a sci-fi flair. He also rocks the geek chic to the elevens.

We shot these photos a few weeks ago outside of the Oddfellows Building in Capitol Hill, Seattle.

One of the best ways I've found to accurately convey a classy vintage punk style is to embrace time-honored trends (like traditional, tailored menswear), and then crank them up a notch with a slap of funky color. Noah is the ninja of cobalt blue.

Quaintrelles, Dandies, and Flâneurs #1

Vintage Punk1 Street Fashion at SPWS

Because I am primarily a photographer (and only secondarily a coolhunting blogger), a major aspect of my posts here at SPWS is visuals. Thus, once a month or so, I will be posting photographs of the sort of timeless, casual style I laud. My goal is to display real people in their real, everyday clothing, proving that this genre isn't just for cons and parties. I also intend to post a plethora of photos of masculine fashion, as it seems like most of the fashion pics available online are female-centric.

Now, I expect some of you to get all uppity about sticking to established genre conventions or act disappointed that I'll be showing a wide array of mashed-up vintage punk styles (not just Victoriana), but now is your opportunity to get over it. My way is much more fun, anyhow.

So, let me introduce someone you may recognize--this is Nathaniel Johnstone from Abney Park

Amazing color photos from the 1940's


I've been spending the last couple hours flicking through this goregeous set on Flickr. It's been uploaded by the Library of Congress and is comprised of about 2000 images from the 1940's- in color. They're beautiful and entrancing- they range in subject from urban sprawl to wild west; from farmer to rosie-the-riveter types. Most of them are Kodachrome proccess, giving the colors that special detailed saturation that only that proccess could acheive. I can't get enough of it. Best: no copyright. Worst: idiots putting 10 million comment boxes on everything.

Just as an interesting side note: there is only one place in the US still proccessing kodachrome.

The Photography of Libby Bulloff - in Seattle Today !

Libby Bulloff

March 1-29, 2009
Today! Thursday, March 5, 6-11 pm
Pioneer Square Art Walk
Utilikilts Flagship Store
620 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104

Libby Bulloff is the Annie Leibowitz of Steampunk! I've followed her work for some time now and I really love her composition and use of color - there is a calm joyfulness in her images that makes me happy.

Libby writes:

I have a solo art show coming up at the Utilikilts flagship store in Seattle! I will present work from 2007-2009, including new portraits from three studio shoots at Starfish. Prints will be available, as will complimentary snacks (read: custom Naftali chocolates) and dance beats. Please come on out and say hello (and feel free to grope the manskirts whilst you’re at it)!

I’ve also recently booked a small group photography show at Zero Zero (also in Seattle), but this won’t occur until August, which gives me plenty of time to shoot new, brightly-colored work. :)

Blanket Magazine

Blanket Magazine has a short piece of Steampunk on the web this month, but that is mainly just the excuse I used to post.  Blanket magazine is:

. . . is a free PDF online magazine that is aimed at uncovering art + design + photography from the talented people who create it.

The name blanket came from the simple idea that we wanted to ‘cover’ all the areas of art, design and photography and bring them together in one magazine.

I've only skimmed the rest of the content so far but the images and graphics are absolutely gorgeous!  Download the PDF by clicking on the image above.  (Found via Mechanis)


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