Catching Shadows: Tintype Images And Recorded Voices of Native Americans Living on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
I have held a longtime interest in the entwined histories of art and photography. A sense of excitement and wonder spread throughout Europe and then America with the appearance of the first known photograph in 1829. I have drawn on those early photographs to sharpen my own eyes and give depth to my photographic work.
In contrast to some of the better known North American Tribes of today, these
Indians of Maryland's Eastern Shore, have lived fairly obscure lives.
Although they are not recognized by the State or Federal governments, the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs does acknowledge these four tribal groups on the Eastern Shore: the Accohannock, the Assateague, the Nausewaiwash Band of Indians and the Pocomoke.
The premise of the project was to let the Indians stand and speak for themselves.
I saw their dignity and pride accompanied by their growing confidence that I would address my work in a way that would honor them, It was a great pleasure for me.
All images were made with a brass Petzval Portrait lens made in 1864. The process is wet-plate collodion tintype as first described by Frederick Scott Archer in 1864.