ABOUT the PHOTOGRAPHS|
There is an intentional absence of camera and film information offered here. The camera is, after all, merely a tool. Cameras do not make great photographs, any more than brushes and tubes of acrylics make great paintings. I hold this information back not because it’s a secret, but rather because it is ultimately not very important. When an image is purchased, a certificate is automatically included that has all camera, lens, film, and location information on it.
I use no filters, save an occasional polarizer. Several lenses are used, a lens being merely an angle of view. I am a master printer, and one of the few photographers in the country who does all of his own printing. There are no unusual processes employed in the darkroom, no digital manipulation, very little burning and dodging. I do spend countless hours fussing to assure the best color balance and the perfect print density. The photographs are printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper, the most archival color photographic process available today. This paper, processed in Kodak RA4 chemistry, has a display life in excess of one-hundred-twenty years. The photographs are signed editions limited to 100 or 250.
It is my intention to resist digital reproduction of my images as long as processing chemistry is available. Photoshop is a fine tool, but I feel that the digital world is perhaps not to be confused with actual photography. Know that each of my photographs was printed from the original negative, in a darkroom, by the artist. It is a source of pride for me that the colors and the light qualities you appreciate in an image of mine, is exactly what I experienced while composing the photograph.
When you purchase one of my photographs, it comes with a lifetime guarantee (yours or mine, whichever comes first) against technical defects and fading. If you ever experience a problem, I will gladly fix it.
MATTING and FRAMING
Eventually, I intend to be able to show the matting and framing visually with each photograph in the Galleries pages. For now, words will have to suffice.
Subtle, tasteful, and complementary is how my approach to traditional framing is best expressed. The top mat is not brilliant white, but rather an off-white, not quite gray. It is either black core or rag, both being acid free. The 25 x 32 and 30 x 40 sizes have a narrow accent color under the top mat. This mat is chosen to complement the image. These two sizes also get a V-groove cut into the top mat. All of my photographs are “floated” on the mount board, meaning that the edge of the photo is visible. A small amount of the mount board is visible, so visually there is a double and triple mat look.
I prefer a frame to be a quiet, visual border between the mat and the wall. Complementary, quiet, not noticed for the most part. Frames of all in this traditional framing group are Nielsen profile 15. It is an understated frame, made of the finest aluminum extrusion, and anodized with a brushed finish. Several subtle colors are used, and they are chosen to complement the image. Non-glare or reflective glass is chosen, depending on the image. You are encouraged to specify if you have a preference.
It is understood that description is not perfect, and that many people have personal preferences regarding matting and framing. You are encouraged to pick up the telephone and discuss presentation of your image with me. Use the 800-number and leave a message. I will respond within a day or two.
The five large print sizes, 14 x 20, 17 x 24, 20 x 30, 30 x 40, and 40 x 60 are available in a laminated glassless format. In fact, the largest two are only available this way. The print is mounted on ¾” Gatorboard, then protected by a UV inhibiting laminate that also acts as a protective coating for fingerprints, fly specs, etc. It can be cleaned with a moist cloth. A thin wood border about 1/4" wide, usually black, provides a simple and elegant look to these photographs. They can also be matted with a linen fillet, and framed in a more elaborate wood if one prefers a traditional frame with the laminated glassless presentation. This look is very striking, and strongly recommended by the artist. All of the negative issues surrounding the use of glass are resolved with this approach. There is absolutely no reflected glare, and the photograph is allowed to be as brilliant as it really is.
For anyone who has ever purchased one of my images, there is a standing offer to trade up for a larger size, or to trade up to a laminated glassless piece. You ship the image to me, and I give you your full purchase price toward the new larger size. Quite a deal, and many people are taking advantage of the offer. This process does need to start with a telephone conversation with me, so use the 800 #.