Process

Philosophy

_DSC9006.jpg Art and nature are one and the same to me. Yes, we are making art when we take photographs, but nature will be a perfect artwork in itself whether we interpret it or not. Be it painting, sculpture, a child’s crayon drawing, or a photograph, artists are all doing one thing to recreate a nature scene: making choices.  And where to start?  How can you make something that is already perfect into something else that carries a validity all on its own?  From the moment a photographer steps outside their door, they have begun the process.  Every detail from which camera they choose, the time they leave the house, the lenses they carry, their intentions, even their mental state factors into the equation.  All of these details are tools that reflect what’s trying to express itself from within the artist.  We all have a story inside.  We all have a way that we relate to the world.  We all have a unique vision, whether we know it or not, of how our actions might transform ourselves and others around us.

The way I personally relate to art and nature may be a different concept to some.  We all agree that we want to be inspired by art, and we all seem to be inspired when we immerse ourselves in nature, but to inspire someone enough that they have a strong emotional connection to my work, even if they have never been to the spot I’ve taken the picture they’re looking at, is my goal.  It is my hope that the viewer pauses long enough to feel the energy that I felt when I was there and feels compelled to seek out that same spot, or maybe to help protect nature so that future generations might experience the same emotion and joy that can only come from communing with Mother Nature, for she is the true artist.

 

Shooting

Michael 2014

I feel that I can best express my art by using the latest and best DSLR technology. The clarity that can be achieved by using digital technology today rivals just about anything that film can produce, while giving me a lighter gear pack and faster post-process. Combined with some of the world’s best lenses, the results are staggering.

 

Post Process

This is where integrity comes in.  In the digital photography realm, we have reached a point where we are making extremely high resolution images, and there are a number of techniques available to stack, combine, and sometimes over-use HDR (High Dynamic Range) capabilities to try and replicate what the human eye experiences when looking at a scene (the eye can simultaneously experience very bright light and very dark shadows at the same time).  I believe that everyone is trying to convey their own personal vision, but where I have a problem with photographers is when they pass off a highly manipulated image as a single, unedited photograph when it is in fact a highly processed one.  I personally never mislead the buyer, and always expose my process if beyond-normal-editing is used.  I typically use software to do the same things you could do in a darkroom, which I believe should be the current standard for fine art nature photography.

 

Print Process and Editions

All Artist Prints and Signature Collection limited editions are made with the same printers, papers, and inks used by professionals to create the world’s top gallery and museum collection pieces.

Printing is an art-form unto itself, and I work very precisely to produce each image so that it vividly reflects the scene as it was interpreted at the time I pressed the shutter button.

There are several options when ordering, and we help each client determine what best suits their needs so that they are able to enjoy their artwork for generations to come.

 

Signature Collection
Signature Collection

This is my highest quality print process designed specifically for the Signature Collection limited edition prints.  This is the way I prefer my art to be shown.

Signed and numbered, limited edition prints (sizes up to 30″ x 40″  40″ x 60″ and sometimes bigger)

  • After the print run has been made of each image, no more will ever be sold. Edition runs are usually small (up to 100) to keep your numbered version valuable.
  • Printed on the highest quality gallery archival photo papers
  • Mounted on flat backing
  • Protected by front gel coating or acrylic

Artist Prints

Artist Print or Artist Proof – “An artist’s proof is, at least in theory, an impression of a print taken in the process to see the current printing state being worked on by the artist. A proof may show a clearly incomplete image, often called a working proof or trial impression, but in modern practice is usually used to describe an impression of the finished work that is identical to the numbered copies.” 1

Artist prints are high quality photographs, a part of my process, and are not included in the count of any Signature Collection limited edition. An Artist Print has special value because of its smaller edition run and possible differences from the finalized limited edition run.  Collectors also usually prefer final artist’s proofs even when they are identical to the limited edition.

My Artist Prints are available as high quality photographs and usually limited to between 10-50 depending on the image selected. Artist Print editions are unique and fewer are available, so they are considered to have a higher value than Limited Edition photographs.

1 Prints and Printmaking, Antony Griffiths, British Museum Press (in UK),2nd edn, 1996 ISBN 0-7141-2608-X

 

Open Editions

Open Editions are printed on quality photo paper, signed but not numbered, and typically have a lower value to collectors.

 

Final Presentation

One of the most popular ways to display contemporary fine art photography is a frame-less acrylic facemount.  This floats about 1/2 inch off your wall without a frame.

Custom frame options are available upon request.

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