Jun 142011
 

Following on from my post last Friday, I thought you might like a glimpse into some prints I am making for Julian Calverley’s portfolio.

You can see further images from Julian’s new body of work by visiting his superb blog

 

Julian Calverley People in Landscape Landowner

Julian Calverley | Landowner

Julian Calverley People in Landscape Landowner

Detail from Archival Pigment Print | HP Vivera Ink and Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Julian Calverley People in Landscape Landowner

Detail from Archival Pigment Print | HP Vivera Ink and Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Jun 122011
 

Ag Magazine Chris DickieSunday started sadly today for the photographic community with the news that Chris Dickie has passed away.

An author, publisher, editor and enthusiast for all things photographic, Chris was probably best known as being the driving force behind Ag Magazine, The International Quarterly Journal of Photographic Art & Practice.

Ag Magazine is a superb publication, the only periodical to which I have subscribed in recent times.  It is self-billed as, “The Home of Photography”—a statement with which no reader could surely argue.

I didn’t know Chris very well at all; we met once and had a few chats over the phone.  Nevertheless, he has been in my thoughts an awful lot today.

A leading light has sadly been extinguished and I pass on my heart-felt wishes to his family.

 

 

Jun 102011
 

On this Friday morning, I find it difficult to think of a more pleasant way to end the week than to show you the work contained within this missive, Blog Post 88.

I have known Julian Calverley for many years and it has been a true pleasure to work with him on a more regular basis of late.  A post in October last year described an enjoyable couple of days working together in my studio.

Rather than ramble on, I’ll defer further communication to the imagery.  The first two photographs, below, form the beginnings of Julian’s new project, North Northwest.

Following those are details I captured of the four Archival Pigment Prints I made for Julian this week.

In all cases, the prints are made with HP Vivera Ink and Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Julian Calverley North Northwest Harris

Julian Calverley | Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

Julian Calverley North Northwest

Julian Calverley | The Cuillins from Elgol, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides

Julian Calverley North Northwest

Detail from Archival Pigment Print | HP Vivera Ink, Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Julian Calverley North Northwest

Detail from Archival Pigment Print | HP Vivera Ink, Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Julian Calverley North Northwest

Detail from Archival Pigment Print | HP Vivera Ink, Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Julian Calverley North Northwest

Detail from Archival Pigment Print | HP Vivera Ink, Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Julian Calverley North Northwest

Jun 092011
 

As George Shaw’s stunning Sly and Unseen Day slips away, Robert Breer takes on the mantle at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Once again, I’m proud to have made the high resolution scan in preparation for the production of the latest twenty metre banner adorning BALTIC’s quayside wall.

As you will see, this is a particularly satisfying outcome when seeing the tiny size of the original artwork…!

 

Robert Breer Almost Everything Goes Banner at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The original artwork from which I made the High Resolution Scan

Robert Breer Almost Everything Goes Banner at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Looking up river along the stunning Newcastle & Gateshead quayside

Robert Breer Almost Everything Goes Banner at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The final banner adorning the quayside wall of BALTIC Centre for Contemprary Art

Robert Breer Almost Everything Goes Banner at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The 'M' in 'ALMOST' | A Detail from the 1.2GB Scan

 

 

Jun 032011
 

Those who caught a post in November on my work with Anne Vibeke Mou will have had a glimpse into one of the areas of digital imaging I enjoy the most.

To my mind, scanning paintings and drawings at very high resolution, in order to produce an Archival Pigment Print, is one of the real opportunities to let the digital medium sing.

When presented with a pencil drawing, such as this piece by Liam Murray, I see it as the ultimate challenge to ensure that the print I make is extremely difficult to differentiate from the original.

Liam Murray Caravan

Liam Murray | Caravan

Scanned in ten parts on my Fuji Lanovia, I set about painstakingly stitching the elements together. No mean feat with so much detail and texture.

However, my workflow has been refined time and again over many years in order to perfectly achieve a truly seamless result.

Liam Murray Caravan

Detail from the 1.1GB Digital File

Making the final print with my HP DJz3200 on Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm caps off the entire process with aplomb…

Liam Murray Caravan

Signature | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

Liam Murray Caravan

Ladder | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

This piece of Liam’s is undoubtedly quirky and he explains it for us here:

“The piece is called Caravan. I finished it in 2010. It’s a little anecdote on human endeavour. I like the metaphor of a dwelling built on a scaffold, an impossible scaffold. It’s a laborious and spectacular choice, with unclear motive and likely failure. Despite this, on paper at least, it exists.

“I enjoy finding these ironies and tensions in life. Sometimes the endeavour succeeds despite utter negligence, other times rigid efficiency results in disaster. Nothing in life is certain, but a desire to make sense of it persists.

“I have long been fascinated with the idea of the fluke, and the unpredictability of life. Stories of catastrophes and lucky escapes are reminders of how fragile we can be yet how optimistic we remain. My aim is to depict scenes inspired by that tension and irony. “Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.” This to me is a grand and playful paradox that might offer an insight into the root of my drawing.”

Liam Murray Caravan

Buckets | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

Liam Murray Caravan

Ladder | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

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