In January 2011, one of our finest actors passed on to The Great Mystery.
Pete Postlethwaite commanded the screen and stage with his formidable presence, his film career punctuated with startling roles in Brassed Off, Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet, The Usual Suspects and let’s not forget Jurassic Park…
Paul described to me how he made such a gentle portrait:
“Pete Postlethwaite lived with his family in south Shropshire. Close by is a local beauty spot and National Trust area called the Long Mynd. As Pete was himself a lover of the natural beauty of the south Shropshire hills, he wrote the foreword to a book written about the area.
“I covered the event for a society magazine. During a quiet moment I asked him if I may take his portrait to which he agreed. Totally unassuming and down to earth, he stared straight into the lens with those soulful eyes.
“The impromptu shoot was over in less than five minutes. Actually, I had photographed him on other occasions, but this image captured his integrity and for me reflected more faithfully my feelings of who he was.”
Although brief, it sounds like a wonderful moment for Paul with such a beautiful outcome.
Following some canvassing on Twitter and in ‘real life’, I’d like to leave you with a clip of one of Pete’s performances.
There are so many to choose from but this tear-jerking scene in Brassed Off came up consistently — as a friend of mine described it, “The most poetic piece of swearing ever filmed.”
Hankies at the ready…
Well, we’re now firmly in the saddle of 2013 — I hope it’s started well for you…
Following on from the Platinum printing successes of last year, I have also been making Digital Negatives in preparation for Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom to work his magic.
Towards the end of last week, you may like to know that I revised and updated my Price List…
It contains new pages dedicated to specific areas of printing:
- Photographers’ Portfolios
- One-off Printing, Editions & Exhibitions
- Awards, Competitions & Degree Shows
The latter includes specific information on the upcoming Association of Photographers Annual Awards and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
Please feel free to download your Jack Lowe Studio 2013 Price List and familiarise yourself with the range of services I can offer you.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with imagery from three photographers’ portfolios I’m delighted to have printed over the years.
Originally, I was going to choose just one from each photographer but I couldn’t do it! So, here’s two from each for your delectation:
— Julian Germain
— Jonathan Knowles
— Simon Winnall
Imagine it’s 1873.
Platinum/Palladium printing has just been invented but the print size is limited to that of the plate or film on which the photograph was originally captured.
An inherent attribute of any contact printing process, this meant that 5×4″ and 10×8″ Platinum prints were commonplace at the time.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and we now have the ability to make much larger digital negatives, resulting in the ability to make similarly larger Platinum/Palladium prints.
This year, Richard and I have been proud to take part in several projects that make full use of this new marriage of old and new technologies — Ian Aitken’s photographs of northern white rhinos have been a prime example.
This has been an extraordinary undertaking by Ian, who liaised with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
Here, he took exclusive photographs of Najin, Fatu, Sudan and Suni — four of the world’s last seven remaining northern white rhinos — in a joint fundraising effort for the conservancy.
On 18th December 2012, Ian was invited to discuss the project on BBC Radio 4′s Saving Species.
Click on the image below, where you can hear Ian being interviewed from the 10:17 mark (I know the image below is a gorilla, it’s also a red herring!):
As Ian explains further on his dedicated site:
In January 2012, I was invited to Ol Pejeta.
During this trip, I’d photographed the northern white rhino several times, but was not satisfied with my approach, so on the last morning of the trip I arranged to get some close-up portraits.
I wanted Mount Kenya in the background and the rhino in the foreground. With the guards’ help I managed to get Fatu in profile. I’d known how rare these animals are, but preparing for the photo I was struck by the loneliness and unbelievable fragility of their situation.
Then Fatu suddenly turned and started walking towards me. I was terrified — they are huge animals — but carried on taking photos, stepping backwards, faster and faster. The guards told me to stop and stand still for my own safety. Fatu came right up close to me and nuzzled her head in my stomach.
I know it’s corny, but at that moment, with the personal contact, I was hooked. I was completely blown away.
The framed prints are beautiful photographic objects…
The 24×16″ photograph sits within a sheet of 30×22″ paper and the print floats inside bespoke frames made of English brown oak inlaid with African mpingo and carved with the name of each rhino.
The set of four prints were first shown at The Royal Geographical Society on 31st October.
They carry an incredible stone-like quality, the long tones of the Platinum/Palladium combination lending themselves perfectly to the leathery skin of the rhinos and their surroundings.
For every print sold, 50% of the profits directly help to protect the northern white rhino from poachers.
Proceeds will fund the building of a modern security base at Ol Pejeta’s northern white rhino enclosure.
For further details on how to buy these stunning prints, please visit AitkenPrints.
Notes on Print Production:
I used my HP Designjet Z3200 in conjunction with HP’s very own Large Format Digital Negative Application to make Digital Negatives from Ian’s camera files.
The final prints were made on 310gsm Arches Platine in conjunction with 139 Printroom.