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Fine Art Photographic Media

Media Matters

Photographic media has been and continues to be one of the most important aspects of producing quality photographic art. The media consists of inks and the surface they are applied to. Any image produced as a fine art piece must be printed using archival inks designed for application to the specific media. When traditional photographs are produced on paper, that paper must be acid free. Prints produced with archival inks on acid free papers are commonly called museum prints. Museum prints should be matted using museum board which is also an acid free product. All adhesives, tape, backer boards must also be acid free. A properly produced, matted, and framed museum print should last 100 years or more without visible signs of fading if it is also protected from direct sunlight, excess humidity, and environmental pollutants such as smoke.

Brilliant Color

Today’s photographic images can be reproduced on numerous types of media ranging from the traditional cotton based “rag” papers to metallic papers, metals and transparent films. The new technologies allow photographers to present beautiful images in ways that were previously impossible. Just as computer and television screen are able to display an amazing range of color and contrast, these new printing technologies are increasing the amount of light that can be reflected to create brilliant hues and intense contrast. One of my favorite production formats involves printing the image on a film or metallic paper that is affixed to the back of a sheet of optical quality acrylic. I am able to inspect and sign prints made on metallic paper before they are mounted to the acrylic. Images produced with this technique can have the contrast and color saturation similar to a computer screen without the need for back lighting.

Acrylic Face Mounted Art

Images produced on acrylic are more expensive to produce and ship but they are well worth the extra cost for the wow factor. When the images are hanging on your wall, they will pop with color and contrast. Adjust the light in the room and the mood of the image changes like oil paintings by the old masters. All of my acrylic prints are limited editions. I produce them to order and sign them. Please verify that you are ordering a acrylic print as some of the prices on the website are for paper-based prints. If you are ordering paper prints verify that the print is either Pearl, Photo Rag, or Metallic.

Aluminum Infusion

I have recently added aluminum prints to the available options. Brilliant colors are possible as ink can be infused into a specialized coating on sheets of aluminum. The colors for aluminum prints are extremely vibrant. The aluminum material is highly resistant to weather which makes them suitable for yachts, covered patios, and similar environments. I have seen this technique used for permanent installations of public art. They also look fantastic in typical indoor settings. Currently, I am able to produce very large pieces on aluminum where the largest acrylic pieces are limited to 60″ x 90″. If you have a need for very large wall art, ask me what we can do for you!

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