Apr 172012
 

Julian Calverley shooting his North Northwest Beginnings series on Skye using his Alpa camera fitted with a Phase One IQ180 digital backI’ve written many words on these pages and elsewhere about the work of Julian Calverley — it’s a true pleasure to now be introducing you to his imminent show at Gallery 1066.

We first worked together in October 2010, which I wrote about at the time.

Since then, Julian and I have made many more prints together as his success in the world of edition printing gathers momentum.

Working with Julian is a real opportunity for us both to revel in the current capabilities of digital photographic practice. You may remember that he works with one of the finest cameras around, made by Alpa of Switzerland, which he currently uses in conjunction with the very latest in single capture technology — the Phase One IQ180.

This is an 80 megapixel digital back, which produces a 16bit single capture of around 450MB — when making many of the large prints for Julian, I often have to reduce the files produced from this camera!

Print Detail from Julian Calverley's North Northwest Beginnings edition prints

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

Print Detail from Julian Calverley's North Northwest Beginnings edition prints
Detail from Archival Pigment Print | HP Vivera Ink, Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm
Print Detail from Julian Calverley's North Northwest Beginnings edition prints

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

Print Detail from Julian Calverley's North Northwest Beginnings edition prints

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

Julian’s background is described at Edition Prints:

“Julian Calverley has been creating imagery in one form or another since he was old enough to hold a paint brush.

“Born in Hertfordshire in 1964, he very quickly demonstrated a love and natural talent for drawing and painting, in particular watercolour landscape work.

“After a brief and uninspiring spell at art college, Julian realised it was the mix of photography and traditional darkroom skills that would allow him to express himself most effectively.

“The next few years saw experience gained with various studios and in 1988, at 24 years old, Julian set up his first studio and darkroom.

“He now divides his time between personal and assigned work, his attentions mainly focussed on capturing landscapes in their various atmospheric conditions.”

Julian Calverley signs and embosses his North Northwest Beginnings edition prints

Each print is signed and embossed by Julian...

Julian Calverley signs and embosses his North Northwest Beginnings edition prints

I really enjoy how the exemplary workflow from start to finish sings through the final prints. As written on the Edition Prints Process page:

“The finished pieces command a theatrical air; so wonderfully crafted, as if each facet to the image has been summoned into place at the click of a finger.”

Wayne Ford has also written a wonderful blog post on Julian’s work entitled, The Theatrical Sonnets of the British Landscape Photographer Julian Calverley.

If you haven’t seen Wayne’s blog yet, do pay it a visit — he has nurtured it into the ultimate photography archive.

I don’t often get to see the prints I make in their final destination, so I can’t wait to make the journey south next week to Baldock and see the framed pieces on the wall.

The show runs from 20th April to 3rd May, full details are listed here.

Print Detail from Julian Calverley's North Northwest Beginnings edition prints

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

Print Detail from Julian Calverley's North Northwest Beginnings edition prints

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

Julian Calverley shooting his North Northwest Beginnings series on Skye using his Alpa camera fitted with a Phase One IQ180 digital back

Julian at work, complete with his famous storm umbrella!

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