Tintype Portrait Studio Shoots Historic Images of Locals June 25: Everyone welcome as Burlington music scene veteran returns to make Civil War era portraits at Radio Bean/¡Duino! (Duende)/Light Club Lamp Shop
Words by James Lockridge. Images by Jeff Howlett and Chris Morgan.
Introduced in the mid-19th century, each tintype photograph is individually created by coating, sensitizing, exposing and developing a metal plate as the subject sits for the portrait session. Many Civil War era photographs were created with this historic technology, which provides a hauntingly beautiful and permanent image especially suitable for heirloom portraits of individuals, families, artists and bands. Photographers Jeff Howlett and Chris Morgan have been photographing tintypes for over 17 years. The public is invited to have individual and family portrait heirlooms taken in this timeless medium from 6pm-1am at Radio Bean/¡Duino! (Duende)/Light Club Lamp Shop, 10 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont on June 25. The cost of each image is $40.00, and everyone is welcome to come see this rare process in action (all ages, free to watch!). For directions to ¡Duino! (Duende) and the menu, visit duinoduende.com.
Jeff Howlett is the director and producer of the acclaimed documentary ‘A Band Called Death,’ (abandcalleddeath.com) and expatriate of the mid-1990s Burlington music scene as frontman for alt/sludge metal bands Slush, Five Seconds Expired and Non Compos Mentis. Big Heavy World and Radio Bean encourage local musicians of all ages to get their tintype taken by a homecoming local colleague. For more information and a portfolio of tintypes taken by Jeff and Chris, visit howlermanophotography.com.
Chris Morgan, Collodion Artist, has been creating tintypes using the wetplate collodion process since 2001. Traveling up and down the east coast, Chris has photographed historical places and events, as well as created timeless portrait images for thousands of individuals and families using this historic process. For more information, www.thesilverbath.com.
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Although we did not actually get to sit down together due to their east coast tour, I’ve been lucky enough to speak with Bobby of Rough Francis through email correspondence over the course of the past few weeks. He and the rest of the band—Julian, Urian, Steve, and Paul—just got back from a tour that took them down to North Carolina and back. This particular tour allowed them to hit a few stops that they had never hit before, while also returning to places they’d already come to love. They’ve actually done many tours before and have hit the west coast as well, although according to Bobby, they prefer playing along the east coast because all of the major cities are closer together.
Bobby, Julian, and Urian are brothers, and Steve and Paul are close friends—Rough Francis is clearly tightly set in a sort of familial closeness. The name itself refers to the nickname of a late uncle who acted as a spiritual mentor to the entire group. He also was part of the band Death, along with the three brothers’ father and another uncle. As Bobby put it, Death was a “crazy rock n’ roll band” that ultimately inspired the members of Rough Francis to come together as a band six years ago. However, music has been a part of Bobby’s life since he was young—he’s been dreaming about playing in front of a big audience since he was a child, and many of his favorite memories involved watching his father and uncles play music.
When asked to describe the music of Rough Francis, Bobby wrote “I would like to say that our music is pure joy, energy, and angst.” From this statement and from what I’ve heard myself, it’s very clear that the music that they play absolutely thrives in a live setting, seemingly coming to life as the audience falls into step with the rhythm. It appears that Rough Francis considers the audience a part of their art, and that the attempt to all feel the same emotions at the time is integral to their success.