Anthony Firmin's work explores the resurgence of tattoos as body art. To record this he uses a historical photographic process called "Wet Plate Collodion" which dates from 1851. The wet plate process records tattoos differently because it is sensitive to blue, violet and ultra-violet light and in the resulting images tattoos may only partially show up, or may not show up at all. These images are part of a long term project which will document a wider range of people and their tattoos and will investigate their reasons for both the emotional and physical investment in their body art.
Mike Atkins • Bob Cairnduff • Joseph Cairns • Radoslav Daskalov • Hana EL-Madani • Anthony Firmin • Patrick Mulholland • Rachel Swinton • Drew Wilby •