How I do what I do

Choosing a Subject

There are a number of things that go into making my finished photographic art prints. Neither one is more important that the other. Each part stands on its own yet without all of the pieces coming together, I could not make an image that I would be happy with.

If I had to say where it all starts, it would have to be with the photograph.

I love travelling whether it’s far and wide or around my local area. I’m always looking for something that catches my eye. Something that I feel has the potential to make a great wall print.

I take my time when I’m looking at the intended subject. I generally won’t get my camera out until I’ve looked around asking myself if there’s a better angle, would there be a better time of day or time of year. Regardless of the answers, I will take some photos. I’ve printed some of my best work from photographs that I felt wouldn’t amount to much.

If I feel a different time of day or year would be interesting, I’ll think about sunrise or sunset times and directions. If some nice broken coulds would enhance the subject, I’ll be watching the weather forecast and radar for the area hoping for a storm.

What to print on

Well, to start with, all of the paper I use is 100% acid free.

I want to be confident that my photographs will be hanging on yours and your family’s walls for years to come so longevity is an important part of my print making.

Acids contribute to the deterioration of the inks and paper over time. When you get your print framed, make sure your picture framer uses 100% acid free materials to ensure the longevity of the work.

Paper doesn’t start out white. Paper manufacturers use chemicals to create a ‘white’ paper. One such chemical is called an Optical Brightening Agent (OBA). These chemicals deteriorate over time causing the paper to discolour and fade. The papers I chose have no, or very low, OBA content.

After researching fine art paper manufacturers and doing many test prints, I chose Canson Infinity fine art papers.

Canson papers I use are 100% acid free and use natural pigments to whiten the paper.

But it’s not just about the paper being acid and OBA free.

I find the paper easy to use. The colours are bright and stand out. The black and whites look fantastic.  My vision comes alive with these papers.

For my matte, colour prints, I use Canson’s Rag Photographique paper. This is a 100% cotton museum grade white Fine Art and photo paper. It has an exceptional extra smooth surface.

For my black and white and lustre prints, I use Canson’s Baryta Photographique paper. This paper has the same barium sulphate coating as traditional darkroom silver halide paper. It is a museum grade photo paper and ideal for black and white prints.

Gloss finish is available as a special order. I don’t offer it as standard due to the increase reflectivity behind normal glazing. If you want to order a gloss finish, there is no additional charge but it may take a little longer. Contact me and I can arrange it.

Using these papers ensures that prints you receive are made of the highest quality materials.

How the prints are made

My prints are made on our Epson 7900 printer using archival quality Epson Ultrachrome HDR pigment inks. Epson are renowned for their printer technology and the Ultrachrome inks are some of the best digital printing inks around.

I currently print on Canson Infinity fine art paper. Canson has been making paper for nearly 500 years so they are a quality paper manufacturer.

Oils from skin can affect the final print . Over a prolonged period, the natural oils on your skin can damage the protective coatings and eventually degrade the inks and paper. To help make sure our prints will last a lifetime, we use cotton gloves when handling the paper and print.

Once printed, the work is further protected by three coats of UV resistant protective spray. This ensures that the inks are bonded to the paper and protects the print from any contaminants that are in the air. Framing a print does not protect it from air contamination. The UV spray helps protect the print from the harmful affects of sunlight.

Before packaging, each print is carefully inspected then individually hand-signed. We carefully wrap and package the print making sure it’s easy to remove from the heavy cardboard mailing tube and include padding to make sure it’s not damaged during transit. So that you can take the same care as we do, I include a pair of cotton gloves.