Friday, 31 July 2009

New Gallery Prints

I have had the samples from a new print specialist and I have to say I am impressed. The paper I will be using from now on for all my monotone prints is Museo Max; a gallery grade, textured and thicker paper which gives a slightly warm print and is finished with a Hahnemuhle protective spray, making the print water resistant and increasing its archival properties. This is teamed with archival inks and the knowledge of printer of Martin Henson to produce a superb final print.
I hope to get a quantity of these out on my stall soon, both framed and unframed.

Monday, 27 July 2009

More stones and rainy days

I have been away from the computer this week after a trip down to Cornwall for work. Of course I had in mind a visit to several of the standing stone sites near Lands End to add to the new series I am working on, and after a week of glorious weather I hoped to get some good shots. Sods law kicked in again though and on my day off it rained. Constantly.
I still took the chance to visit the Men O' Toll stones though, and with wide angle lens fitted hope to have got some interesting photographs from that wonderfull round standing stone...despite the drizzle that accompanied the trip.
The film is not yet developed so watch this space in the next couple of weeks, as I am home throughout the whole of August and hope to get a lot more shots finished in the time I have free.
The image above is of two standing stones on the Isle of Mull, near Tobermory, taken on a sunny day as the clouds scudded past.
I am also trying out a new chap for printing on some high quality art paper so hope to be able to offer gallery quality archival prints on some of the best cotton rag paper available.
I will post again as soon as I have new shots to add to the gallery. TTFN!

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Standing Stones, Scotland and A lot of catching up...

Ah, I do feel guilty. Its been a couple of months since my last update and there has been so much to report but, as ever, I just never seemed to get around to actually sitting here and doing it!
Shortly after the trip to Uffington and the White Horse I travelled to the Isle of Mull, Scotland, for a weeks archaeological work. While there I took the chance to drag my Pentax 6x7 camera around with me, complete with a new wide angle lens. Needless to say that while I was working the weather for the most part was lovely. As soon as I had some time to get out with the rained. Solidly.
Its sods law of course but even the fine misty drizzle (mizzle as I call it) that settled in didn't put an end to the exploration of the Island and with trusty Pentax in tow I ventured out to take photos!
There can be few places in Britain as beautifull as the scottish isles and Mull is especially stunning. I watched a sea otter swimming in Tobermory Bay (of course when I didnt have my camera with me) and sea eagles nesting beside a lake, with the aid of the local wildlife wardens. Even in damp and less than pleasant conditions it was still a joy to wander around the Island. I would definately recommend a visit.
Add to that a couple of days spent on the way back in Cumbria visiting stone circles and haunted inns and you have a perfect time away from home...!

Since Mull I have wandered from Somerset (one ruined castle) to Durham (another castle) and points inbetween...Watch this space and the website for shots from both locations.
Inbetween working away I am desperately trying to get as many films developed and photos finished as possible. I plan a series of standing stone images to go with the 'Long Meg' photograph seen here, taken in both Cumbria and Scotland. Long Meg is fascinating, the carvings are unusuall for a standing stone in England, though I have visited several in Scotland (Kilmarten Glen is full of them). She is the largest stone in a circle, second only in size I believe to Avebury. Quite a surprise after a drive along a tiny narrow lane to suddenly find yourself in the midst of!