Model: Maggie of Lucent Dossier. Collar by Dream Rockwell.
LA-based Allan Barnes’ love of “Jurassic” image-making technologies – ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, instant film, and the like – lends itself well to his portraits of artists, models and performers from the LA scene. Recently, his work has displayed a greater degree of sartorial opulence thanks to contributions from the likes of Lucent Dossier’s Dream Rockwell (who created the collar above), Billy and Mellie (formerly) of Antiseptic, and one Miss Laila (responsible for the masks/headpieces below, though there’s no known URL for her work), among others. Sadly, many of the most stunning images are marred by what I consider to be a gruesome watermark, but that doesn’t dissuade me from sharing them after the jump. Barnes is also a teacher, so LA residents interested in learning old-timey processes are encouraged to follow him on Flickr for updates on workshops in the area.
New plates, May 2010. Costume by Dream. Wet plate collodion on aluminum.
Model: Nickie Jean. Wings by Antiseptic.
Ambrotype on ruby glass. Wardrobe: Antiseptic. Model: Nickie Jean.
New plates, May 2010. Wings by Billy of Antiseptic Fashion. Model: Skin.
Billy (center) + Models Skin, Nickie Jean, and Asphyxia. Producer: Rowynn Michelle.