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MATERIALS USED

Archival Ultrachrome™ inkjet print (printed, titled, signed & embossed by the artist)

DESCRIPTION

NOTE: Please click on the main image to see it full screen and also to access supporting images of the artwork (a photograph of the matted work plus Certifcate of Authenticity) by clicking the < and > icons.
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STORY OF THE ARTWORK
A male Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) puts on a show for another. If the other bird is a male, the display could be a show of aggression or dominance in the pecking order. If the other bird is a female, the display could be intended to impress.
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It suited my sense of humour to adopt an anthropomorphic interpretation.
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The birds and the dried sticks in the original capture have been superimposed on a blended, textured background comprising of dried leaf litter in a nature reserve, the bark of a eucalypt, and a wind-rippled sand dune.
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Bird image: 1/2000th | f5.6 | 600mm | ISO 1600 | tripod | 28 April 2016
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DESCRIPTION OF THIS ARTWORK
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The image is printed by me on an A4 sheet of heavy, textured art paper (Canson Rag Photographique 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. 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 also include a Certificate of Authenticity (150x100mm) certifying that I created, and personally titled, signed, and embossed the artwork, The certificate includes the purchaser's name.
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I ship the art as a matted print (mid-brown 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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DISCLOSURE
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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

wattlebirds, birds, Australian, fine art photographs, hand-embellished, certificate of authenticity, rob smith, port macquarie, new south wales, Australian wildlife, little wattlebirds