Afrida is a photography student whose work explores ideas of intimacy, familiar space, and identity. However, their love for image making doesn’t stop at pressing the shutter release.
Ever since their first introduction to darkroom printing, Afrida has continued to explore analog process, technique, and history. They were therefore excited to be mentored by Sam Dole, Penumbra Foundation’s lead tintypist and studio manager.
“The collodion wet plate process encompasses all my favorite things about photography – its rich history, technique, and ability to adapt for all kinds of goals and situations,” Afrida enthuses. “In a time when I felt personally frustrated with art-making and creativity, the Tintype Studio at Penumbra Foundation allowed me to explore imagery with new light.”
Afrida tells us their role was much more than just ‘studio intern’: it would be better described as student, PA, mentee, collaborator, and educator all rolled into one.
They particularly highlight how they were encouraged to bring their own knowledge and personality to the table.
“I am especially grateful to the people I have been able to strengthen relationships with – the generosity and wisdom I’ve encountered over the summer has been the greatest honor,” says Afrida.
“I’m excited to continue this exploration, both at Penumbra Foundation and in my own work as a student of photography.”