Dreamlike, absolutely stunning. Antonio Ramirez took 800 dryplate tintype photos of a circus, and combined the still images to make a jerky 5 minute short film, the equivalent of just under 24fps. Because they’re moving at about the frame rate of modern film, it feels like watching something filmed; because the photos were taken as stills rather than at camera-regulated intervals, there’s a feeling of watching something assembled. (In fact, it’s a little reminiscent of the feel of watching La Jetée.) Combined with the 19th century photo process, the film feels disjointed and out of time, entirely surreal.
Lo-Fi Photography’s got a tutorial on doing dryplate tintype photography with modern chemistry, for the super-curious-try-this-at-home hackers out there.