Mar 182010

Since August last year, I have been involved in a major architectural project commissioned by the rail operator, Nexus – the renovation of Sunderland Station.  My role has been as a technical advisor and enabler, working with digital images produced by Julian Germain and Morag Morrison, ensuring that the files have been properly optimised, ready for output by The Glass Wall Company on huge glass panels.

The image below shows the first installed panels from Julian Germain’s ‘Found’ series.  The pieces record a selection of over forty items from the station’s Lost Property department, re-contextualised and captured by Julian to grace the walls for the enjoyment of passing rail travellers.

More news on this soon, including Morag Morrison’s abstract works, as the project nears completion…

Mar 182010

As my blog is merely a few days old, I feel it would be a shame not to tell you about some more of the work made during an incredible 2009.  So, please bear with me for (maybe) a few posts to come while I occasionally back-track a few months or so…

Here is a lovely, simple piece of work for Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy and their client, Greene King.  Always a controversial topic, Antipodean sporting clashes, but I think they tackled it well!

Photography by Jonathan Knowles

Mar 172010

I have always bee niggled by the lack of ‘green credentials’ at Jack Lowe Studio to the extent that I’ve been hoarding used ink cartridges for quite some time now until suitable recycling programs have become available.

It may interest you to know that Epson now run a recycling program whereby they send out a large Epson-branded box to your workplace free of charge.  Once you have filled it with used Epson consumables, they come and pick up the box, again, free of charge!  Now, all I need is for HP to follow suit…

Then, of course, there’s the issue of paper.  Most of the prints I make are on 100% cotton rag – aesthetically stunning but not very ‘green’ by any stretch.  Recently, however, I’ve been making beautiful prints for clients on Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm, a substrate comprised of 10% cotton and 90% bamboo (from sustainable bamboo forests).  It’s a gorgeous, velvety paper with no optical brighteners so it has a warm, natural paper white (also increasing stability under different light sources).

Combined with HP’s Vivera pigment inkset, this really is the ultimate on the market today for eco-friendliness, quality and longevity (at 250 years).

Mar 162010

If you are a student from the University of Northumbria and have taken the time to seek out my blog following the lecture I gave this afternoon, hello again and welcome.

I hope my words were of interest.  Good luck on your path to digital nirvana and, no doubt, our paths may meet again – especially if you decide to make use of the 20% discount I offer to students…!

Mar 162010

I do like it when I have contributed to imagery that is simply everywhere—the album covers I have helped to make over the years tick that box rather neatly!

I have retouched several covers for the Ministry of Sound and 2009 ended with a particularly good one—’Chilled II 1991-2009’—which was also accompanied by a rather splendid television campaign too…

Photography Jonathan Knowles

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