CasedImage http://www.casedimage.com Journal Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:09:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 http://www.casedimage.com/wp-content/uploads/back-188x188.png CasedImage http://www.casedimage.com 32 32 5534231 Moroccan Case with Passe Partout http://www.casedimage.com/2017/08/23/moroccan-case-with-passe-partout/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:27:36 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/?p=2992 Continue reading ]]>


The last few years I have been occupied with making the equipment used for  making daguerreotypes, but recently returned to my roots in the genre with this case.  Black Moroccan goatskin with brass inset book clasps.  In the past I’ve made these book clasps high polish brass and coloured gold to go with maroon Moroccan cases, but with this black one I worked out a technique to give a more muted colour to the brass.  The case was rounded on both sides, rather than being vaulted on the base. I employed less tooling to give a more contemporary look as the case is for a 4×5″ Daguerreotype by artist Adam Fuss.  Similarly the passe partout was plain without decorative lines.

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World photo day – 175 years http://www.casedimage.com/2014/08/24/world-photo-day-175-years/ Sun, 24 Aug 2014 04:35:15 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/?p=2843 Continue reading ]]>


The 19th of August just past was the 175th anniversary of the detailing of the daguerreotype process, marking the beginning of the photography industry. To mark the occasion I had a photographica display at a local photo store and took a stereo daguerreotype of staff and patrons.

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Recent cases http://www.casedimage.com/2014/08/24/recent-cases/ Sun, 24 Aug 2014 04:23:09 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/?p=2795 Continue reading ]]>


I have applied my newly developed minimalist book clasp to a couple of new cases recently. A sixth plate moroccan for the the National Gallery of Victoria and a monocular case for orphaned stereo image, the case included a passé partout as well.

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Cased Angel http://www.casedimage.com/2014/04/20/cased-angel/ Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:48:37 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/?p=2654 Continue reading ]]>


A recent sixth plate of a cemetery angel now cased. The case has a new style of closure – a external book clasp. I used to make these before where the foot of the clasp was on the outside of the case, but this time they are embedded in the case shell. This makes the case smoother for handling and sitting on other surfaces. The components of the clasp I make by hand and this one is a bit of a prototype (I will make the hinges thinner) but like the form and function and intend to use on my future cases.

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Daguerreotype Mercury Pots http://www.casedimage.com/2013/11/02/daguerreotype-mercury-pots-for-sale/ Sat, 02 Nov 2013 10:59:24 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/?p=2570 Much of this year has been spent in a big learning curve about stainless steel and electrical heat engineering. The goal was to come up with a design for a Daguerreotype mercury pot to be made commercially available for sale, … Continue reading ]]>


Much of this year has been spent in a big learning curve about stainless steel and electrical heat engineering. The goal was to come up with a design for a Daguerreotype mercury pot to be made commercially available for sale, based on my experience as a mercurial daguerreotypist.

In the design I wanted to avoid having a removable mercury cup as some designs as I agree with those that say it is unsafe. I wanted to maintain the popular 19th century design of the inverted pyramid as it presents the best shape for the condensing flow of the mercury to return to the reservoir.

The pot has a telescoping stand so it can be used in the field where you might not have access to mains power and need to heat it with an alcohol lamp. In that case there is a battery powered temperature display to monitor the mercury temperature. When using the electric heating, it is controlled by a P.I.D. temperature controller that is a detachable enclosure. The platinum resistance temperature sensor is locked to the internally capped insert tube.

The pot is finished with a hammer finish paint application and has clear acrylic walls to buffer the rush of cold air experienced in fume hoods.

Two cost options:
1. 8×10 double darkslide mercury pot with clear acrylic walls on its telescoping stand, also with:
-temperature sensor
-AC electric heating system
-battery powered digital display
= US$2950 (incl international shipping)

2. 8×10 double darkslide mercury pot with clear acrylic walls on its telescoping stand, also with:
-temperature sensor
-battery powered digital display
(heating via alcohol lamp – not included)
= US$2465 (incl international shipping)

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National Library of NZ visit http://www.casedimage.com/2013/10/04/national-library-of-nz-visit/ Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:40:34 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/?p=2556 Continue reading ]]>


Recently I visited the first collecting institution I ever worked for – the Alexander Turnbull Library within the National Library of New Zealand. I met with Staff from the Photographic Archive section and the Photograph conservators to talk about cased images in the collection from my perspective of a casemaker and daguerreotypist.

Back in 1992 and I worked retrieving and refiling negatives and file prints and work as a assistant to the photo conservator Mark Strange, cleaning 500 nitrate panorama negatives in the RP Moore collection. Being back in the very room 20 years on was a nice trip back in time, on a tour of the latest incarnation of the cool storage vault I even saw one of my old negative refiling boxes.

My casemaking work grew out of this time and latter when at National Archives of NZ, an introduction to conservation tools and materials and working to make enclosures around photographic formats – Image Objects no less!

My next post will be about the latest incarnation of that work – a project that has consumed me this year – the CasedImage Mercury pot. It is ultimate original photographic enclosure and the design I have come up with brings together a lot of experience from 20 years ago till now.

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My hand in daguerreian history http://www.casedimage.com/2013/03/08/my-hand-in-daguerreian-history/ Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:59:24 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/?p=2529 Continue reading ]]>


Haven’t had as much time for much plate making this year as I am heavily involved with one of my better ideas – the ImageObject exhibit and symposium. The idea got mooted after a chance meeting with the Director of the Center for Alternative Photography in NYC, back in in 2011.

It has been an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to make it happen and there is still more to come and my involvement is all unpaid work. It will be worth it though, a wider appreciation of daguerreian art means more of it will be sold at market and thats what all daguerreotypists need. I travel to NYC to install the show near the end of March and will be speaking at the symposium on my maori portraits subject.

Its an annual event and the promotional image for the show in future years will be the best in show from the previous year. For this inaugural show though we opted for a Jerry Spagnoli daguerreotype, part of a triptych he made of me in 2001 and the cover of his Steidl monograph. Hence the title of this post.

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Camera completed http://www.casedimage.com/2013/01/13/camera-completed/ Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:45:55 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/journal/?p=2335 My whole plate camera is finished and is ready to go into plate production. I have a landscape as well as a portrait lens and the darkslides which shoot whole plate vertical or horizontal have reduction frames for half plate.]]>


My whole plate camera is finished and is ready to go into plate production. I have a landscape as well as a portrait lens and the darkslides which shoot whole plate vertical or horizontal have reduction frames for half plate.

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Body complete http://www.casedimage.com/2012/11/29/body-complete/ Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:14:39 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/journal/?p=2321


My camera maker has completed the main work on the body of my Grand Photographe, next is the dark slides.

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1/1 pl. Camera form http://www.casedimage.com/2012/11/15/11-pl-camera-form/ Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:01:46 +0000 http://www.casedimage.com/journal/?p=2307


My camera maker is making very pleasing progress on the grand Photographie reproduction..

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