Jul 192010

Many moons ago, during my days of photographic assisting in London, I met Andrew Shaylor—an extremely talented and versatile photographer, able to turn his hand with ease to so many genres.

Whether portraiture, landscape, travel or automotive, Andrew’s photography is always a visual treat.

Little was I to know in those ‘greenhorn’ days that, further down the line, Andrew would become a client of Jack Lowe Studio and I would be able to work on making his fine art prints.

A few years ago, we worked extensively together on huge, striking pieces for his Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club exhibition.  This week, it has been great to revisit this project and make another large format print for Andrew—this time, ‘Sean & Nelson‘—with HP’s Vivera Pigment ink-set and Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm.

If you have a moment, do take a look at Andrew’s site where you will find more information on the HAMC series along with galleries of his other work…

Jul 142010

The closing dates are looming for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.  Entry forms need to be submitted by midnight on Sunday 18th July but final prints don’t need to be delivered until Friday 6th August.

Images are now being prepared for clients of Jack Lowe Studio in readiness for printing over the coming fortnight.  There is still plenty of time to submit work to me and have your prints made for these prestigious awards—and why not with a top prize of £12,000?

Jul 092010

I’m very pleased to be working with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, making some extremely technically challenging large format Archival Pigment Prints for the forthcoming Tomás Saraceno exhibition on Level 2.

More to follow on this as the work is completed.  I guess the inside of BALTIC might look similar to this at the moment:

Jul 092010

Very interesting news from HP this week with the introduction of their Large Format Photo Negative Application for use with the specialist equipment used here in the studio—the 44″ HP DJz3200.

What does this mean?  Well, for the first time, we will be able to properly use digital files printed onto a unique substrate to produce high resolution negatives for analogue print-making purposes.  As the Press Release describes:

“Large-format photo negatives can be used as masters to produce high-quality fine art prints in a wide range of classic, alternative photographic processes. These include monochrome or color processes, such as cyanotype, photogravure, platinotypes, dye-transfer, gum bichromate and carbro.”

Having worked for several years with HP on the beta programme for the DJz3100 and DJz3200, this is an exciting and interesting development for this technology.  Jack Lowe Studio plans to offer this as a service when the software and materials are released later in the year—I’ll keep you posted…

Jul 092010

Over the last few days, I have been making eight 1m x 1m Archival Pigment Prints for Nick Dunmur and Paul Harrison‘s show, ‘Edgelands‘, at the Wallner Gallery in Nottingham.  As Nick describes:

“The concept is concerned with the interfacial areas of land which are often overlooked in a country where land is at a premium, our population grows and we demand more.  The project hopefully challenges us to look at our inherited view of what the ‘rural’ and ‘wilderness’ actually is in this country.”

Nick and Paul’s work utilises traditional pinhole camera methods (above) alongside those of contemporary digital capture (below).  From the Press Release:

“Working in Nottinghamshire, England, over a 12-month period, photographer/film-makers Nick Dunmur and Paul Harrison use high-resolution digital and traditional pinhole photography to explore ‘wasteland’ at the interface between natural and synthetic. These are neglected, often forgotten areas where people and nature fundamentally affect each other.  Edgelands explores landscapes where these effects resonate in both people and environment.”

Also, discretely placed below each image, is the geographical longitude and latitude of the location, another interesting juxtaposition and twist in this new era of ‘geo-tagging’ photography…

The archival combination of HP’s Vivera Pigment ink-set and Hahnemühle’s Fine Art Baryta 300gsm is becoming a staple duo at Jack Lowe Studio when elegant gloss prints are required—used to beautiful effect here once again with Nick and Paul’s work.

The show runs from 16th July to 5th September 2010.

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