Tom DeLooza
My work stems from a childhood spent building my own toys and costumes. I am inspired by antique or used objects, which I use to construct still-lives and tableaus to be photographed.

A love of handmade things has drawn me to work with antiquarian photographic processes, particularly wet-plate collodion, in which I am making my own photo emulsions, cameras, and other equipment. The joy for me is not merely in the final image, but in the entire process. The endeavors of my internal mad scientist are appeased through mixing chemistry and witnessing the magic of silver change into an image; the childhood engineer is instilled with a sense of wonder as he transforms cardboard into a fighter plane.