Elijah Clarke has always enjoyed being creative. Originally it was as an actor, but when he bought his first camera in grade 12, photography became his new outlet.
A final-year Bachelor of Creative Media student, Elijah believes he is the only tintype photographer in North Queensland. Tintype photography is one of the earliest photography techniques, predominantly used in the 1860s.
A single tintype photo requires dedicated time and precision. Tin plates, which the photo is taken onto, need to be correctly sensitised so that they are light sensitive, before the image is shot and processed onto the plate; if the process takes any longer than five minutes, the image is discarded. Being possibly the only tintype photographer in North Queensland has meant Elijah had to travel to Melbourne in order to learn the craft.
Elijah’s most recent works both take a look ‘beneath the surface’: Enterprise of Despair is a tintype photo which examines careers that at first seem rewarding, but which often lead to depression, anxiety, and a range of mental illnesses. Another work, A Dying Feeling, is a photo book which contextualises death through both positive and negative perspectives.
Elijah’s work will be on display in the 2018 JCU Graduate Exhibition Mobius, which he hopes will lead to further commercial opportunities for more creative free rein. To view more of Elijah’s work, click here.