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Archival UltraChrome™ pigment inkjet print on Canson Aquarelle Rag 310gsm art paper

DESCRIPTION

I admire raptors; have done since I was a boy. My logo is the head of a raptor—the Peregrine Falcon, a master of flight, vision, and elan.
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'Air column' is a composite of multiple photograph of a Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) hovering above Tacking Point headland at Port Macquarie, one of my favourite photography haunts. The accompanying video shows how I put the image together. To see the video, please click on the flashing alternate ! and ? icon above.
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I like this image because it gives a nod to my love of wildlife and my university studies in zoology. For me, it's an artwork that celebrates flight and alludes to scientific illustration, and 19th century naturalists' lithographs.
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The image is printed by me on an A4 sheet of heavy, textured art paper (Canson Aquarelle Rag 310gsm) on an Epson 3800 inkjet printer with Ultrachrome™ archival inks. The image size is 200x267mm. I further personalise the image by titling and signing it by hand, under the internal keyline border, with a graphite pencil, and embossing it with my falcon logo (35mm diameter and placed under the image in the textured 'mat' incorporated in the artwork itself). In the lower white margin at the edge of the sheet, I write the date it was printed and on what paper. I also include the name of the buyer (e.g. Printed 11th August 2018 on Canson Aquarelle Rag 310gsm for Mrs Evelyn Customer). These annotations will not be visible when the imaged is matted and framed. The package also includes an A4 sheet with some details of the image and its story.
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I ship the art as a matted print (off-white mat and foamcore backing board) inside a clear cellophane, re-sealable bag. It will fit the common frame size of 11x14" giving the buyer the option of purchasing a low-cost frame from a chain store or having it professionally framed to suit their own decor. NOTE: The image above is the full artwork. It does not include a representation of the 11x14" mat board.
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The price of this artwork reflects the fact that it is, effectively, a personalised open edition. I don't believe in the idea of 'limited edition' photographic prints because I feel that it is pretentious to do so when one is not a famous photographer. Neither did some of photography's greatest masters produce limited editions (e.g. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston). I prefer my work to be affordable and enjoyed by purchasers for what it is, a personally crafted and hand-embellished piece of art. I don't believe that inflating the price by the contrivance of a limited edition serves my art.

TAGS

black-shouldered kite, raptor, Australian wildlife, zoology, scientific illustration, flight, texture, composite