Gallery: David Emitt Adams Places Tintype Images on Cans Collected from...

Early images of the American West have long been associated with images of desert. Black and white depictions of towering bluffs, large stretches of land dotted with cactus, and rocky outcroppings all speak to the rugged landscape of untamed nature. As humans
 
Early images of the American West have long been associated with images of desert. Black and white depictions of towering bluffs, large stretches of land dotted with cactus, and rocky outcroppings all speak to the rugged landscape of untamed nature. As humans passed through these harsh landscapes, they attempted to capture and somehow tame the wilderness with photography. Arizona-born artist David Emitt Adams uses a 19th century process called "wet-plate collodion" to create tintype images on old, discarded cans collected from the desert floor.

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