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About the Tin Gypsy Project

The Tin Gypsy is a traveling photographic darkroom and laboratory built out of a 1961 vintage travel trailer. 
Photographer Meghann Gilligan rehabilitated the trailer and retrofitted the Gypsy as a mobile darkroom, 
specially designed for the practice of antique photographic techniques, 
focusing on the making of tintypes using the wet plate collodion process (c. 1850). 
This project takes its inspiration from the historical origins of photography and it's earliest practitioners, 
who were equal parts mad scientist, adventurer and artist.
 These early photographers built darkrooms onto horse-drawn buggies and traveled the country, 
taking the wet plate process out of the studio and into the field and making tintype photographs 
of the folks in the small towns and cities they traveled through along the way. 
The goal of the Tin Gypsy Project is to reinvent the traveling tintype photo laboratory for a new era. 
We will travel near and far with the Gypsy, using antique, hand-made photographic techniques to create images of the interesting people, 
places and things we find along the way.
10 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    March 7, 2012 9:43 pm

    Hi there! Such a cool project. We would be interested in having your services at our wedding in Santa Barbara in August!

    Please contact me if this would be something you’d be interested in as well!

    Very Best,

    dtillman23 at gmail dot com

    • March 9, 2012 5:17 pm

      Hello David!
      I would love to bring the Gypsy on an adventure down to California! We are always looking for opportunities to travel! I sent you an email to chat about dates and details. Thanks for getting in touch!

  2. Kerry permalink
    April 19, 2012 6:53 am

    Hello! You are fabulous I love your work. I live in PDX also, I am interested in doing a chemistry project with a focus on wet plate photography; how it works, etceteras. Would you be willing to do a demonstration(paid) early June?
    Best of luck to you!
    sincerely, Kerry

  3. Lara Johannsen permalink
    May 10, 2012 5:36 pm

    do you have a schedule of where you will be in the pacific nw this spring/summer? can a private sitting be scheduled?

    • June 29, 2012 8:56 pm

      Yes! I absolutely love to do private portait sittings. I will send you an email with details on this. I don’t have a set schedule for the Gypsy this summer yet, but plans for Seattle, Bellingham and Southern Oregon in August are in the works. I’ll post more as I know more. Thanks for your interest!

  4. Abigail permalink
    June 15, 2012 12:24 pm

    Hello tin gypsy,

    Please contact me regarding a potential commission.

    galuchka at gmail

  5. October 25, 2012 8:07 pm

    Have passed the Gypsy several times now when out on walks with my toddler… glad I finally remembered to Google! I would love some info on portrait sittings…

  6. Robin permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:22 pm

    Hi Meghann,

    We’re in PDX and interested in a private session in the next month, possibly with a newborn, if you’re in the area and available! Your project seems great – I’m sorry I missed it on Kickstarter!

    Kind regards,

  7. March 22, 2013 8:49 pm

    I love your blog and what you’re doing for phoography.
    I was wondering if you were going to be in Seattle in June at all?
    I’ll be traveling that way and would love have my photo taken.


  8. janelle dahlsten permalink
    April 8, 2013 5:55 pm

    Hi Megghan,

    I live in PDX and have a design studio. Recently I sent your Tin Gypsy facebook address from the Old Portland show announcement to a friend, Mark Glovesky, in Boston who collects and deals in old photos. He is very interested in contacting you. I cant seem to find your website and contact info for some reason. Can you send me this information please?

    Thanks, Janelle

    I love your work by the way!

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