Chris Morgan would have been right at home at the very first N.C. State Fair in 1853.
Morgan practices wet plate collodion photography, a photographic process introduced in the early 1850s and made famous from the 1860s work of Civil War photographers like Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner. The process requires a tintype or glass to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed before the plate dries -- in about ten minutes. Then washed, fixed, dried and varnished.
Each image produced is a unique work of art.
Morgan, who lives in Pine Level and works in the Exceptional Children Program in Johnston County Schools, has been doing wet plate photography for about 11 years.
"I tried to recreate the look from old tintype photography with film and digital," he said. "But I couldn't get that original look and feel I wanted."