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

Categories: Fashion, Photos

Wet plate from the Crowns series.
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.

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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.

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

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:

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

Window installation for the Crowns series by Kristen Hatgi-Sink.

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

Wet plate from the Crowns series.

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

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Jackson's Sports Rock

1520 20th St., Denver, CO

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