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These Tintype Self-Portraits Encourage People to #StayAtHome and Self-Isolate


Wet plate photographer Markus Hofstätter wanted to use his art to encourage people to #stayathome during the coronavirus pandemic, so he took a series of self-portraits that are meant to drive home a simple message: don’t be like Bob.

In a new series of wet plate self-portraits captured at home (for the record: alone, without anybody else around to help him) Hofstätter once again channeled his anxiety about the novel coronavirus and self-isolation, into art.

“Lots of people don’t take this topic serious, thats the reason I had to do this one,” he tells PetaPixel. “Since I’ve also lost all of my assignments because of this virus, at least I have time to spread awareness about it.”

He captured the four-in-one shot using a Polaroid MiniPortrait to take one photo per quadrant, centered around the old “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” theme. Since he obviously can’t use an assistant, he used an iPhone to make sure he was properly framed, and an Insta360 camera to capture the BTS video up top.

When all is said and done, here’s what he came up with:

Check out the full BTS video above to watch Markus at work, and if you like his stuff, you can find lots more on his website and in the PetaPixel archives. Most recently he created a short stop-motion animation out of tintypes, also in reference to the coronavirus, which may be the most expensive way to animate anything…

Image credits: Photos by Markus Hofstätter and used with permission.