Crowns merges modern fashion with old photo techniques for a very new look

Photographer and artist Kristen Hatgi-Sink has joined forces with Vanessa Barcus, owner of Goldyn, to produce a one-of-a-kind wet-plate photograph series. Crowns merges a photography technique using the collodion process with modern fashion to create a new artistic medium. And you can get a piece of it. See also: Curating the Cool shop collects all of Colorado's coolest stuff in Lafayette

Invented around the 1850s, the collodion wet-plate process required that photographic material be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within about fifteen minutes to create a photographic plate. Hatgi-Sink and her husband, Mark Sink, began making wet plates in 2007 when a friend introduced them to the process.

Hatgi-Sink's studio is located only a few blocks from Goldyn, the well-known women's boutique that stocks selections from local and well established designers. For this series, Kristen made crowns using twigs, paper, feathers, flowers and wire in addition to hand-selected vintage pieces; Barcus provided the wardrobe and styled each of the models. The models themselves are friends of the collaborators and refer to them as "queens," providing inspiration for each of the different plates.

The photo shoot lasted a week and produced beautiful, antique-inspired plates that every true fashion lover will want to see. "We wanted to create something beautiful, not a traditional look book," says Hatgi-Sink.

Here's a sneak preview:

The Crowns series is available in print, book form and wet plates, online at or at the boutique in Highland.

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