Photography as an art form has a quality that by it's very nature makes it different from say a painting or a sculpture. In photography the original image is the negative or as is the case these days, the digital file, and the print of the image is the end product. The great American photographer Ansel Adams once observed, ”The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle way” An original musical composition can be performed innumerable times and even have many different arrangements (There are over 2,000 recorded versions of ”Louie Louie”). Likewise the photographer's negative can be reproduced innumerable times and even have many different arrangements.
Original, unaltered digital
Color Print: Dodged and Burned
Monochromatic Print: Dodged and Burned
Color Print: Canvas (simulated for the web)
My images are available in open and limited editions and as well as exclusive prints but that does not mean that the ”negative” (original digital file) is destroyed and never used again. In my opinion that would be unconscionable. It would be as if Mozart wrote a symphony and performed it 10 times, made 100 cds and then burned the score making it impossible for anyone else to enjoy his creativity save the people that possessed the cds. As an artistic photographer I want as many people as possible to enjoy my work. Therefore you will see my images offered in different variations.
The print variable could be something as simple as the size. It could be as subtle as using a paper that is warmer or cooler or with a different texture or finish. But the variation, whether a limited edition or an exclusive print is guaranteed. If an image is available as a 16”” monochromatic sepia print, limited to 10 in the edition, then once those 10 prints are sold the image will not be available as such ever again.
Open Editions are available as 5”x7”, 8”x10” or 11”x14”prints. 5”x7”, and 8”x10” prints come unframed but are matted on acid-free foam core backing and include a white bevel-cut 4-ply window mat that meets conservation standards. The mats are standard North American photographic print sizes. They are signed on the over mat and on the back of the print. 11”x14” prints are not matted so you may have them matted and framed to your preferences.
Limited Edition Prints
Limited Edition Prints are numbered, signed and dated on the back of the print. Limited to between 10 and 25 prints. They range in sizes from 13”x19” up to 17”x22”. These prints are sold unframed and unmatted. Details about size, paper and price are listed on each image's popup window. Please note that print size refers to the size of the paper the photograph is printed on. The exact image size will vary, depending upon the dimensions and cropping of the particular image in question, and in order to leave a border around the image area. All limited edition prints come with a certificate of purchase
Exclusive Prints are a single print of one of my images. They range in sizes from 17"x22" up to 24"x30". These prints are sold unframed and unmatted. Details about size, paper and price are listed on each image's popup window. Please note that print size refers to the size of the paper the photograph is printed on. The exact image size will vary, depending upon the dimensions and cropping of the particular image in question, and in order to leave a border around the image area. All exclusive prints come with a certificate of purchase and are signed and dated on the back of the print.
The Printing Process
All prints are made on an HP Z3100 design jet printer. The inks used in the Z3100 are pigment based and laboratory tests has estimated that prints made on acid free paper will last 200 years or more if displayed properly. I use the highest quality papers available from PremierArt, Epson, HP and Hahnemühle. Please see the papers page for description of some of the papers I use.