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Archival UltraChrome™ pigment inkjet print on metallic paper laminated to a composite aluminium panel with gloss finish, signed by the artist


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One wet Sunday, when I couldn't get out into the field to make photographs, I decided to put my energy into creating a fantasy landscape using found objects and some images from my catalogue. 'Styx Pinnacles Nocturne' was inspired by nights camping by and fishing on the black mirror of the Clarence River at the Copmanhurst Gorge.
The raw materials I used to create the image are:
⦁ An emu egg purchased at Gulargambone in western NSW
⦁ Some interesting rocks I found on a beach at Port Macquarie
⦁ A starscape photographed at Lake Copeton near Inverell
⦁ A dead mangrove tree in Fernbank Creek at Port Macquarie
⦁ Great Egrets (Egretta alba) photographed at lake Inverell NSW
The image was printed with archival Ultrachrome™ pigment inks on metallic paper and then laminated to a composite aluminum panel and sealed with a gloss lacquer. I hand-signed the print with a silver metallic gel pen before it was mounted and sealed.
The result is a ready-to-hang, serviceable artwork with a contemporary presentation. When hung on a wall, it casts a drop shadow thanks to it being offset from the wall by a concealed timber brace. The artwork is 30x20" (76x51cm).
The image was sold at Sunset Gallery, Port Macquarie, while I was applying to be a Bluethumb.com.au-represented artist.
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.


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