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July 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

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Smile for the one-of-a-kind camera


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Michael Shindler develops a tintype portrait of Nina Rastogi at the Blackbird Store in Ballard on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Shindler, a portrait photographer from San Francisco is making these unique portraits with a self-made camera that took 15 years of talking about and just a few months to build. The camera, unique in size, produces portraits on a 17"x14" metallic plate. More information about this event can be found at http://www.aviary-creative.com/journal/

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Michael Shindler explains the photographic process to Richard Gonzales Jr., from Columbia City, before he takes his tintype portrait.

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Michael Shindler, prepares to load the plate into his self-made camera before he makes tintype portraits in Ballard on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Shindler is making these unique portraits with a self built camera.

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Michael Shindler gets his camera ready as Heather Earnhardt, owner of The Wandering Goose restaurant in Capitol Hill, gets made fun of by her friends for not trimming her nose hair before her portrait is taken.

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Michael Shindler prepares the chemicals to make tintype portraits on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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T.J. Cowgill, takes a cellphone photo of his tintype portrait made by Michael Shindler on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Ballard.

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