About the Prints
Professional digital inkjet printing can produce fine art prints that will last a lifetime. The quality of print these machines can now produce is breathtaking and have a longevity greater than the traditional silver halide printing process.
Ok, so a lifetime is not very specific. But by using a combination of Archival papers ( We use Fotospeed high white smooth 315gsm and Fotospeed Platinum Baryta 300gsm ) and pigment inks ( from our 12 cartridge HP Z3200 Photo printer ) the highest quality attainable is achieved, producing lightfast prints lasting 85 years. That’s a decent lifetime we think. Current cameras are Canon 5D MK11 ,mirrorless Eos r, Canon “L” series lenses along with a bagful of bits including Lee filters. Recent purchase of Fuji GFX 50sII Medium format gives me more scope for large prints. Good equipment is important but being in the place, in the moment, is more so.
The prints are produced in 4 sizes…A4, A3, A2, and King size (which is a whopping 100 cm x 75cm). They can be ordered as a simple signed print, a double mounted signed print or fully framed in black woodgrain or Oak, complete with Artglass which repels reflections and gives additional UV protection . Special orders for canvas style and panoramic images ( these vary in aspect ratio ) to any size . More details on the “shop” page .
Archival print is often described as a “Giclee” print. The word derives from the French “to spray”…the process of inkjet printers spraying ink onto archival papers.
James not only takes the images but then follows the process all the way through. This ensures the colours are transferred from the mind’s eye to the final print.
About the Photographer
I really want this site to be about the landscape and the way it has been created, sculpted by the elements over time. I am merely a passing observer, an appreciator of what has happened before. The order of historical events that has made planet Earth as it is today is truly mind blowing. However, the part I am focusing on (no pun intended) is our wee corner of Scotland. One of the world`s gems. A land with so much variety in such a small chunk of space.
The Cairngorm`s National park, the rugged west coast and its islands is where my photographic exploration centres upon. Images are then selected for print and ultimately as fully framed art pieces. As pleasing as it is seeing one of my frames on a wall, it`s also nice to know other people enjoy our great landscape, and hope it sends a message to us all to take care of it. This is our own back yard…why would you mess it up. Don’t get me started!
My main job is still carpentry, which works well alongside my Photographic endeavours; this was very useful when refurbishing the old village hall in Boat of Garten where we have our family run Art Gallery.
Opened in November 2014 and currently run by my wife Mairi and I. We have many Scottish based artists displaying their work here. We have exhibitions and workshops too.
If you are in the area, come and see us. You will be very welcome at The 1896 Gallery.