(And not so frequently asked questions)
About the Artist
However, some photos are highly manipulated which is why I call myself a photographic artist before a I call myself a photographer. The degree to which depends on the nature of the image and what I want to express with it. In these cases, I am using reality and a moment in time as a way to evoke a feeling, a sense of mystery, or a force of the universe in the manifestation of sky or water for example.
But not all shots are improved with a lot of manipulation. Sometimes my role, is like a sculpture who is removing parts so that the piece that was already in there can be seen. For these pieces, the amount of post processing is limited to removing distracting objects if there are any, and bringing the color and lighting closer to how I remember the scene.
I look for anything that has or has the potential to create a visual mood. Because I studied as a filmmaker I am tuned into and affected by the mood of light and colour. It might be the intensity of clouds in the sky, or light and subject matter transformed by fog, or the world at night transformed by electric glow. I love all of its charged mystery and how places and structures have a character and presence unaffected by people.
There is usually a one moment where I know I’ve gotten the shot, but I will hang around anyway, trying different things. But sometimes a diamond in the rough appears when I go into post processing.
Post-processing is the next and very separate step. If an image needs to be shown exactly as how I found it, then I will process it in that way. But being educated as a filmmaker neither am I married to the idea of creating “reality”. The very moment I pick up a camera and frame and freeze a scene, reality is lost. To me, the notion of documenting something objectively is an illusion. But I often don’t even make an attempt to shoot reality, and this is what I find so amazing about photography. Long exposures, for example, with its ability to capture traces of movement, or transform of light for example, can show us things we can’t see or maybe haven’t thought about. Post-processing then can be used to enhance a mood or feeling.
In the mean time if you are interested in buying a print, please contact me through our contact form on the contact page. Most images can be printed in the standard sizes of: 8″ x 12″; 12″ x 18″; 16″ x 24″; 20″ x 30″; 24″ x 36″; 36″ x 54″; 40″ x 60″. They can be printed edge to edge or with an additional 1/2 inch or 1 inch border for framing or matting.
Although the giclée printing is a fairly modern process, testing and research confirms that an archival giclée print can have a life span of 200+ years and will last at least 150 years if taken care of properly. This makes giclée printing the superior choice compared to chemical lab printing.
Some prints can be flattened by reverse rolling around a tube for a few minutes. However make sure you don’t keep it like that too long and be careful about handling them. It is important that you do this in a warm environment and have given the print plenty of tie to warm up as you don’t want to risk cracking the inks.
Another option is to dry iron your print at a lower temperature. make sure you DO NOT USE steam as steam can damage the print. Place the print ink side down between two clean sheets of non-printed kraft paper. Don’t keep the iron on any one place too long as you don’t want to burn your print.
All products are currently shipped from our printer in Texas, with the exception of specialty items that may be printed in Toronto. Art Paper Prints shipped from our San Antonio Print Studio: For mounted prints we usually ship via UPS. Prints with an overall sheet size (print size plus borders) greater than 15×19 may also be shipped via UPS or U.S. Postal Service options.
However, if you are in Canada please contact me directly through my contact page for quotes and shipping options as I also use a local printer and you may see some cost savings if I am not travelling at the time.
Please allow at least 2 week on top of production.
The customer is responsible for all custom and duty fees billed by the destination country. U.S. rates apply when shipping via the postal service to Hawaii, Alaska, APOs, and FPOs unless size and weight restrictions occur.
Orders shipping outside the U.S. and which prints are 30 inches or more in width or height may accrue additional charges.
We will contact you prior to processing for approval of any additional charges or if there are any issues with shipping large prints outside the U.S.
With lost prints, we may require an additional several days depending on the time frame the order was shipped in the instance an order is running late or transit information has not been updated by the carrier.