Do you want to take Portraits with a Difference?

The Renmark Rose Festival, Renmark Paringa Council and Country Arts SA are partnering to create an exciting arts program for the 2018 Festival and to provide opportunities for local artists.

The Tintype Traveller Portrait Project is a portrait exhibition with a difference. It’s an opportunity for two local photographers to work with Sam Oster and Cynthia Gemus completely on location capturing portraits using the traditional tintype process, to engage with a broad spectrum of the community and to present these vintage style images as an exhibition in digital format.

Project mentors Sam Oster and Cynthia Gemus are highly respected Adelaide based photographers who specialise in arts and entertainment, as well as commercial photography. Sam and Cynthia combined their passion for photography and endless curiosity to create The Tintype Traveller, a vintage caravan converted into a mobile darkroom that can travel to locations and allow the photographer to capture and process images on site using large format cameras and traditional processes.

The Tintype Traveller will be located at the Rose Festival Markets and another selected Renmark site during the opening weekend of the Rose Festival where the project team will engage with and photograph community members using the wet-plate tintype process to create a unique series of images.

This converted vintage caravan creates a point of interest for people, and gives the project team an opportunity to engage passers-by and curious onlookers. People are able to watch the image being prepared, taken and developed in the caravan.

The resulting images are different to the glossy perfection of contemporary digital capture – they are totally hand-made and imperfect, revealing the nuances of the materials, conditions and process. Whilst each image is hand-crafted and unique, they can be digitised and used electronically. For this project the resulting plates will be digitised and the images for the exhibition will be projected – creating a bridge between the past and present in the evolving medium of photography.

For more information on The Tintype Traveller visit

Two photographers will be selected to work with Sam and Cynthia. The selected photographers will be guided by Sam and Cynthia in the technique of tintype photography and in the creation of a digital exhibition to be shown as part of the 2018 Rose Festival Program.

Successful applicants:

Must reside in the Riverland

Will be guided by Sam Oster and Cynthia Gemus in the use and application of tintype techniques to create a series of images that will be presented as a digital exhibition during the 2018 Rose Festival.

Do not need specialised equipment. All equipment will be supplied.

Are encouraged to bring their knowledge of the Riverland to the project and to contribute meaningfully to the mentorship and exhibition.

Must be available on the following dates – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October

Registrations close at midnight on Sunday 30 September

Fill out the form below to register.

If you need any assistance with your application please call Rebecca Farrant, Arts and Cultural Facilitator Riverland and Mallee on 8582 2288 or 0423 290 436