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RECREATING 19th CENTURY DEATH & MOURNING PHOTOGRAPHS


Jean Kelley

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100 COMMENTS

  1. B L Posted on January 12, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Caitlin, if you would like to see an excellent historical source on Whistler's Mother, I can thoroughly reccomend Mr Bean: The Movie (1997).

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  2. wratched Posted on January 12, 2020 at 8:30 am

    "I never watched Loony Tunes". Ah, the drawbacks of becoming a death mother.

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  3. Lady Rammstein Posted on January 12, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Instacorpse of course.

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  4. Elle Posted on January 12, 2020 at 8:35 am

    What kind of lighting equipment did they use for photography back then I wonder? Did they have soft boxes?

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  5. Laci Washington Posted on January 12, 2020 at 8:39 am

    One of my family’s friends has a death photo of a baby from his family. Thing is so creepy and he has it hanging in his house 😂. It’s all propped up on a chair and they have the eyes wide open so unnaturally it’s so freaky

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  6. janae linder Posted on January 12, 2020 at 8:46 am

    I thought you said that post mortem pics didn't exist

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  7. Ginny Jolly Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Tintype: super-long exposure
    Super-short development and picture delivery.

    My age is showing: I took a lot of film camera photography, and even a week at the developer at Walgreens was the soonest I could get to see them.

    Even when "Next – Day" or "same – day" development service was introduced, I opted for the week – long wait for processing because I needed to stretch my pennies as a tween and teen.

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  8. Alta Smit Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Excellent! Very interesting

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  9. Evelyne Ca Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:26 am

    This was so cool. It's really intresting to see what the actual process for these pictures entails. Thanks to everyone involved! What happened to the finished plates? Did the museum keep them for their collection or did everyone involved get one or did the artist keep them?

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  10. FruityFruitbat Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Recreate the spirit photography!

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  11. Kiara Lobo Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:34 am

    The entire plot of the mister bean movie revolves around that painting

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  12. Beni O'Hea Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Sometimes I forget that Caitlin's 6'1".

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  13. Emily Kate Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:51 am

    You are SO FUNNY! I love how you can combine humor and education!!!

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  14. Eleonore Lee Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:52 am

    TicTok is where it’s at. Can you imagine the futur, we TicTok funerals. Stay tuned for part 35

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  15. Eleonore Lee Posted on January 12, 2020 at 9:58 am

    I’m an Australian and I know what Whistlers Mother was. You’re so cute 🤩

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  16. Peg Schwalbach Posted on January 12, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Caitlin,
    Why were the wool dresses treated with arsenic? I've never heard of that.

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  17. Pedro Viegas Posted on January 12, 2020 at 10:05 am

    i'm a simple man: i see Caitlin post, i click, i like, i rejoice

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  18. Tera Shewchenko Posted on January 12, 2020 at 10:21 am

    This was so fascinating! It's crazy how far photography has come in such a short time

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  19. Big Gay Posted on January 12, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I really appreciate this video as a large format film photographer. I’ve always wanted to try tintypes and it was awesome to see the process from your perspective as well as the photographer’s

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  20. Ginger doesn't want to give a last name. Posted on January 12, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Your corpse makeup is my everyday non-makeup face…

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  21. Simon Lewis Posted on January 12, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Well this was awesome love your shows☠☠☠

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  22. Leanne Mitton Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Hey, wait, what's up? I'm a patreon but my name doesn't appear. Is there a limit on the level in order to get you name on? I do like a good pin, though, so may need to up it. Given that I'm an Aussie… that's twice as expensive for me 🙂 You are worth it.

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  23. Anastasiya Runnova Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:02 am

    these videos are perfect to learn English)) at least in my family)

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  24. ReverseHigh5er Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Caitlyn's heeeaaad

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  25. Lorrie Miller Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I always watched loony tunes as a kid and I sometimes still do when the opportunity presents itself.

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  26. mauReeN Medley Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Caitlyn is the best

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  27. Gateaux Q Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:31 am

    OR IS iiiiiiiiiit? LMAO

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  28. Hannah Meaker Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:34 am

    ye old melodrama lmao

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  29. Alisha Nasier Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Boomers: Ok, Victorian

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  30. Katherine Tillery Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Wanting some more bentham's head. Loving the tin photos. I get people not wanting to stand still for under a minute but why not for important days like weddings. How romantic is it to be able to say my love will last as long as this tin photo?

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  31. Gas Station Queen Posted on January 12, 2020 at 11:53 am

    you sound like the ‘some of y’all are fat and ugly and unattractive’ girl at the beginning 😭

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  32. Leslie Churchwell Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Of course we still have tin type photographs from the 1850s (AND before),just like we have paper film photographs from that time, also. Why would the tin types be gone? Lol. If they were kept, they're still here to see.

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  33. Klister Klister Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    this is so cool

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  34. Pinacolada Ella Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    So as I figured in Victorian era it was much better, easier to be dead than to be a mourner ahahahah

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  35. Alle Rhie Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    this is all so interesting! now i want some photos to be developed into tin type ones so they stay intact for a long time

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  36. L Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I need to see that spirit photo video!!!

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  37. Jeff Walker Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    The interesting Victorian death photographs are the ones where the deceased is propped up and posed with the living. You can spot the corpse by the lack of motion blur on their body as opposed to slight motion blur on the living who are trying to remain motionless during the extended exposure needed for tintype photography.

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  38. Claudia De Brida Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Please recreate a daguerreotype photo from the 1840s!

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  39. Lauren Sullivan Posted on January 12, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    My Dad found a leather tin type album when he was redoing our family kitchen. It was built in 1854. It's crazy to see yourself and relatives in someone else in a different period.

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  40. Shanna Riley Posted on January 12, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for this! I've always been fascinated by this old type of photography but especially the postmortem photographs. This was so fun and informative!

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  41. i am No one Posted on January 12, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Whistler's mother… Ah yes the painting mr Bean ruins and then fixes in the movie

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  42. Danielle Campbell Posted on January 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    By definition: Can noise exist in a void? Or am I thinking of a vacuum? Huh.

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  43. Yanti Ashaiban Posted on January 12, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    How have you not heard of whistlers mother? I learnt it from the Mr Bean movie lol

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  44. Babyjohn Posted on January 12, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I learned it from Looney Tunes. Yes I know exactly who they were referring to. Lol😂

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  45. Mama Teii Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    You are what my life was missing ❤️ lol

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  46. Regina Mayven Beaudalaire Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I freaking love you.

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  47. Ciborium Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Liking and commenting for the YouTube algorithm.

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  48. Ciborium Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Before you go "progressive" and turn everyone into fertilizer or Soylent Green, how about fixing the ethics of the funeral industry? It is well known that funeral directors have the same level of respect as used car salesmen when it comes to overcharging and under-delivering. The difference being funerals are not optional like buying a used car. Plus the family is in deep shock and mourning and thus more easily taken advantage off by the funeral industry.

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  49. Howlite Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Whistles mother I learnt about in the Bean movie.

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  50. Ciborium Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    This is the most hipster thing I have ever seen. Those poseurs with their typewriters and vintage film cameras and scarves they wear in Summer are just green with envy.

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  51. Epic.Mrs.Epic Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    I love your videos and channel. Have you ever thought of doing an Elvira or Vampira recreation video? I think you would be a great fit for both😊.

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  52. Wilhelm Hedin Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I am SHOCKED and APPALLED that you missed the obvious opportunity to take a tintype photo of your avocado salad/sandwich/lunch.

    It would have been the perfect cherry on the top to this lovely episode. SHAME. 😉

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  53. Sam The banana Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Heya! Have you considered collabing with Unnus Annus? They’re a YouTube channel based on the inevitability of death, the kicker is that they’ll delete their channel by the end of the year. I think you’d be a great collaboration with them.

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  54. Chim Cánh Cụt TV Posted on January 12, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Lol i saw your video being linked on facebook. I was so excited, the order is spreading

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  55. EbyKat Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Because of this channel I asked that a picture be taken of my family with my grandmother minutes before she passed away. I’m really glad I have that image.

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  56. JCB MaMa Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Did anyone else notice the odd noise behind the talking starting around 11:36 – 12:27 ? Sort of like, some blinds being obnoxiously shook with each word. No biggie, just wondered …

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  57. Kaitlyn Moore Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    I love your videos. Thanks for being the best part of YouTube

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  58. Seazonz 219 Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Great history and photography lesson! My family has tintypes from ~1880s, and I never knew the images were flipped.

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  59. BrokenMonocle Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Whistler came home one day to find his mother scrubbing the floor. He exclaimed, "Are you off your rocker?!"

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  60. gowd sake Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Ostracised is that being banned from Australia ? Those are really lovely images

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  61. Christina Calbone Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    "Noise in a void" (When my boss is talking to me!)

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  62. Gemma Pipe-Wolferstan Posted on January 12, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    You haven't seen the Mr Bean movie and it shows 😂😉

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  63. Eleanor McKelvaine Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Yes, I took a picture of my mother in her casket.

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  64. Meg Cope Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    So look forward to anything you post. Imaginative, creative, informative, and fun. Thank you for being you.

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  65. Alisa Maksymchuk Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    omg you must watch the episode of mr bean where they find the whistler's mother! 😀

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  66. TheBub26 Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    how funny that it was a thing in the 19th to prop up the dearly departed and have a photo taken

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  67. TheBub26 Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    whistler's mother more about the title than the painting. catchy

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  68. charmaine conaghty Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Very interesting video on the postmortem photos of corpses I'd seen so many of these corpses photos in books and movies but had no idea how or why they were made. It's funny how sort of open the Victorians were to death compared to how closed off we modern people are to it now. It's true that you can learn a lot about a society but how they treat their dead

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  69. Oasis of Isis Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    AAM is the best at giving u exactly what you had no idea you needed in your life! 😄 Thank you for your creepy dedication & contribution to the death community. Keep rockin'!🤘🖤

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  70. Yersinia Silverfors Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    It's obviously Tinstagram, right?

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  71. Charlie McGee Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    They did these photos so perfectly, you guys should auction them off.

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  72. Aryk Strykker Posted on January 12, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I noticed that the coffin that you used was unlined. Would the fancier Victorian era coffin normally be lined in any way? Great video! 🖤

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  73. Courtney Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    “…And to crush my competition…” 😂😂

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  74. silverbatwing Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I’ll always regret not getting a tintype done at a local tattoo convention years ago because I didn’t like the clothes I had on that day. ☹️

    I haven’t seen them since.

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  75. tosca donna Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    My Mom’s 5 month old baby brother was laid out in the breezeway after he passed away from a liver disease. That was 1945 in Cleveland, OH. Death is so far away nowadays.

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  76. Nol Forbz Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    I like corpse caitlin

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  77. Ashley Taylor Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    As a photographer I'm out here wantin to bring back the mourning photos

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  78. Jackie Dioszegi Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    That poor sweetie at 18:34. Her family must have been devastated.

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  79. Lucya Panda Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    This was fun to watch, it's so awesome to see you working with these other amazing people.
    I ordered a copy of your book from the UK, and it arrived just the other day. It's so great and funny, can't wait to finish it!

    Also, you inspired me to look into the funeral industry of my own region, the Balkans, and I found that there are also many problematic and very much not-eco-friendly traditions here. There are no green/ eco burials as far as I've found, and even cremation isn't as popular or easily available as it should be.

    P:S: I made English subtitles for a video by Al Jazeera Balkans about the regional funeral industry, but sadly cannot add them as they haven't enabled community contributions. If anyone wants to have a watch, be my guest!
    Here's a link to both the .srt / subtitle and video files:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=148t7DGpZ99sFanzrE6ieL2DVoNWeEVOV

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  80. aprilw7561 Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    My family has one of our ancestors on a tin pic

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  81. Liliana Penderecka Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    She reminds me of Nina West. In the best way.

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  82. Dan Guerena Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    From what people absorbed from their skin, no wonder people of that era died so young.

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  83. Christina Foster Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I'm a little disappointed that there wasn't a 🎶 Caitlin's head 🎶 at the end, like when Bentham's head would make an appearance.

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  84. Desert Life For Life Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Whoa! ♥️I mean whoa 🥀

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  85. Raymond cullison Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I was wondering if you could do a segment on weird or possible “ghost” stories that has happened to you personally

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  86. CrankyPants Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    That was all very interesting. Did Queen Victoria's long and famous mourning of Albert inspire most or all of those mourning rituals? If so, do we know what rituals were common before Victoria?

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  87. Charity Thomas Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    What !?! No captain's head at the end? Such a missed opportunity

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  88. Arbitrary Darkness Posted on January 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I love how everything is period correct and then you see vehicles drive by. This is a fun video!

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  89. Boston_Mama Posted on January 12, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    You should have the most views and subscribers ever. Your content is so creative, original and ingenious! Or maybe I'm just an obsessive deathling lol

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  90. Amy In the Making Posted on January 12, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    I’m a wet plate collodion photographer. Yes, it is a PROCESS. It’s addictive though and far more interesting than point and shoot modern photos. You have to think about soooo many factors to take one photo.

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  91. thirdebabe Posted on January 12, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    This was such an amazing video. So interesting.

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  92. Martha Patricia Uresti Posted on January 12, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Time to get those 75 k !

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  93. Lacey Baumer Posted on January 12, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

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  94. Hannah 95 Posted on January 12, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I would absolutely love a spirit photo shoot 😁 hope you manage to do one!

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  95. Jackie G Posted on January 12, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I actually found a post mortem photo at goodwill last year and purchased it for $1 and I’ve tried to do research on the family listed but no luck. Still an awesome find!

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  96. TreeDee71to75 Posted on January 12, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I sure miss the days of the rotary phone. Can't do much damm foolishness with those!

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  97. Freefall Cosplay Posted on January 12, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    😳 my face when collodion is literally a SFX makeup product I use on my face

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