About The Prints
“I consider it essential that the photographer should do his own printing and enlarging. The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations. And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment.” – Bill Brandt
About Your Fine Art Prints
You have found your way to this page and hopefully that means you have experienced a personal connection with one of my photographs. Nothing is more special to an artist than to know their work is meaningful to someone else.
Photography is the expression of my inner voice – it is all of my experiences, my childhood, the art that I have viewed, the books I have read and the music I have heard. The finale, for me, is a finely crafted print. It is truly a labor of love and my way of sharing that inner voice through ink on paper.
When you invest in a fine art print of one of my photographs, I create it specifically for you as a Bright Fame Artist’s Edition print. My prints are works of art that will beautify and energize any space and are an excellent addition to any home, office, or boardroom.
All Bright Fame Artist’s Edition prints are gallery quality prints and are printed and inspected by me personally. Each print must meet my exacting standards and be personally signed by me. Included with each print is a signed Certificate of Authenticity that details the date the photo was taken, when it was printed, the paper, printer and inkset used. It also guarantees that all the creative work has been accomplished by me.
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The Papers & The Inks
There are vast differences between seeing and holding fine art prints in person versus viewing photographs on a computer display. The true light, depth, textures and delicate nuances of the photographs can only be expressed by the actual print through the inks and materials on which they are printed.
My favourite papers for a satin smooth appearance and incredibly accurate and vibrant image reproduction are Ilford Prestige Galerie Gold Fiber Silk and the Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique. These museum grade photo papers have a true baryta (barium sulphate) layer and fiber base. They produce images with wonderful creamy whites and velvety blacks for the unique look of traditional silver halide photo paper and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta print. All of my monochrome (black & white) photographs are printed on these exceptional papers using the very special Piezography Pro and K7 pure carbon pigment inks.
For a matte finish there is nothing finer than Canson Infinity Rag Photographique. This is a 100% cotton museum grade white Fine Art and photo paper. The exceptional smooth white tone and the ability to exceed museum longevity and conservation requirements is achieved during manufacture by introducing natural minerals to the process. Rag Photographique has a unique extra smooth surface with a very sensual feel. It has one of the highest achievable Dmax (a measure of the richness of the blacks) currently available on the market, making it ideal for fine art photography. There is a presence to this paper that is almost magical – the colours are so rich and yet soft that you want to feel them.
With a longevity of a hundred plus years, the very finest pigment inks far exceed the typical lifespan of a regular photo lab photograph. No finer print exists today in terms of colour gamut, overall dynamic range (contrast), Dmax, longevity, light fastness, and a 3-D look and feel. The combination of the high resolution wide format professional printer, archival twelve colour pigment inks or Piezography Pro and K7 pure carbon pigment inks, along with matching the best paper for the image produce colour or monochrome prints that are just plain stunning. Fine art prints that will be enjoyed by you and your family for generations.
My Promise To You
Attention to the smallest detail, amazing reproduction and very long life are the foundations on which I print each of the images you have been viewing. I am so confident that you will love your fine art print that I promise a full refund, excluding shipping charges, if you return your print to me undamaged and in new condition within 30 days of receipt. Prints that are returned damaged for any reason such as improper display, improper cleaning or handling methods will not be refunded.
Caring For Your Prints
Your prints are works of art and should be handled and treated as such. With proper mounting and framing the paper and pigment ink combination have a life expectancy exceeding a 100 years. While most pigment ink is temporarily resistant to water the print is not waterproof. Humidity, excessive heat, the UV rays of the sun and the pollutants in our air all shorten the life of your prints.
Your prints will arrive in an archival, acid free, clear protector packaged in a reinforced padded envelope for prints up to 8 1/2 x 11, an extra strong 4 inch mailing tube for larger prints or a cardboard packing box if a stretched canvas, metal or acrylic print. Prior to having the print matted, framed and hung, it is recommended to leave it in the protector. If you must remove it please wear clean white cotton gloves. Whether you have the print professionally mounted or you do it yourself please use acid free mat board and acid free mounting or backing board. For the ultimate in both longevity and viewing pleasure use UV protected and glare free glass or Plexiglas and of course you don’t want to hang your fine art print in direct sunlight.
Lighting Your Prints
Light is at the core of how we see and enjoy the art we hang on our walls. When you visit an art or photo gallery every image is lit by a semi-direct light source. Under the correct lighting images that otherwise look dull, dark and lifeless will often explode with contrast, colour, detail and texture – they “come to life”. The standard tungsten house lighting puts an orange cast on the image while warm white fluorescent will put a pink cast and cool white will put a blue or green cast on your art work and photographs.
I use Solux 5000k (Kelvin) bulbs in my studio to approximate sunny mid day light. I am not suggesting you run out and spend hundreds of dollars for a lighting system to view your prints, however, when properly lit your prints will bring a smile to your face every time you view them.
Here is a link for the Solux lights. The website may give you insights that will help you enjoy your art and photographs.