papers and sizes
Currently I offer photographic prints on three different papers and in three popular sizes, and you can choose just the print only or have it ready-mounted.
The most important thing for me is to produce photographic prints that are of the highest quality and are long-lasting. My images range from floral portraits with intense colours to subtle, restrained landscapes, and I work hard to ensure that my prints reflect my intent – and stay that way. Nothing could be worse than poorly printed images with colour shifts that fade and change within a few years.
My prints are created using professional-standard printers and papers, chosen specifically for their excellent colour reproduction, archival quality and beautiful finish. And unlike ‘high street’ printers that have to use a one-size-fits-all approach to printing, I prepare each of my prints individually. Each print is tailored for the combination of print method and paper choice to ensure that the finished print is a faithful and beautiful reproduction.
The printing process and paper types
I use two different processes to produce prints, Digital C-type and giclée.
Digital C-type printing is a meeting between traditional and modern. It uses traditional silver-based chemistry where the image is exposed onto light-sensitive paper. The modern twist is that instead of using a beam of light shone through an enlarger, Digital C-types are exposed using lasers or LEDs.
Digital C-types have an unrivalled range of colour – they can cope with intense, saturated colours that other methods struggle with.
I offer two paper choices for Digital C-types: Fuji Crystal Archive, and Kodak Endura Metallic
Fuji Crystal Archive is my standard paper choice. It produces a very natural photographic finish with rich colours, and has the highest permanence rating amongst silver halide prints. I print on a matt finish to reduce reflection behind glass – although if you would prefer a gloss finish let me know when ordering.
I also offer C-type prints on Kodak Endura Metallic. This has the same abilities to handle colour as the standard paper, but has a fabulous metallic sheen built into it. The reflective quality is subtle, but gives the image a striking, almost three-dimensional look. It works especially well with black and white images or the lighter, brighter coloured images. I’ve found that its impact is reduced on darker images, but that’s just a personal preference.
Giclée is another term for inkjet, but it implies that it is a step above normal inkjet printing. Using the latest Epson professional printers and UltraChrome HDR Wide Gamut inks, my giclée prints can handle a wider and more saturated range of colours than the average inkjet printer, and have an exceptional permanency rating.
Giclée prints produce beautifully crisp detail, and also allow images to be created on textured art papers that are not possible with C-types.
For my giclée prints, I use Hahnemuhle 308gsm Photorag. This is a heavy art paper made from 100% cotton so it is exceptionally stable and long-lasting. It has a gentle textured surface, which gives a subtle, almost painterly feel to the image whilst still holding precise detail. A giclée print is suitable for all except the most intensely saturated images. I love using Hahnemuhle photorag for my more subtle landscapes because of the balance between fine detail and the rich artistic feel of the paper.
At present, I offer three sizes for each image referred to on this site as small, medium and large. As measured on the longest side, these are 7 inches, 12 inches and 16 inches respectively.
7 x 4.7 inches (17.8 x 11.8cm)
12 x 8 inches (30.4 x 20.3cm)
16 x 10.6 inches (40.6 x 26.9cm)
mount size (optional)
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3cm)
A3 : 16.5 x 11.7 inches (42 x 29.7cm)
A2 : 23.4 x 16.6 inches (59.4 x 42cm)
If you choose to buy a mounted (matted) print, it will be supplied in a conservation-quality acid-free mount and backing board. Acid-free means that the mounting materials will not affect the colours of ink or paper over time. Prints are hinge-mounted so they won’t wrinkle or buckle, and should you wish to change the mount at a later date, the image won’t be damaged in any way. Note that mounts need to overlap prints by a small amount (overmatting) so the visible image will be slightly smaller.