Engagingly beautiful images for business and home
For the last 20 years I've been playing in, discovering and photographing the Columbia River Gorge and its environs including the Hood River Valley and the high plains east of Mt Hood using professional Nikon cameras and Epson pigment printers.
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How are the images printed?
All prints are printed on 100% cotton Aurora Art White paper using archival lifetime pigment based ink using a professional inkjet (aka giclee) printer.
Prints are created most often individually or sometimes in very small lots of two or three. Prints from the same photograph may not be identical to others from that photograph because of changes in the printing process or artistic adjustments in the interpretation of the image between prints. As a result, each print is unique.
The image size is slightly larger than the size you order to facilitate framing. Prints have an appropriate border. For example, a 16x28" print is printed on 17" wide paper at a length that allows a half inch border penciled signature and a 0.4" blank paper border.
How long will these prints last?
Prints are made from high quality materials that are expected to have lifetimes longer than that of traditional photographs under the same display conditions. Framed under glass images are expected to have lifetimes from 50 to 100 years indoors under low light.
The lifetime of all photographic prints depends upon the display conditions. Exposure to very bright light for long periods of time - e.g. a south facing window that receives direct sunlight - dramatically shortens the lifetime of any photographic print.
The difference in light exposure between various display locations can be huge. A print near a south facing window can receive 100 times more light than one near a north facing window causing a proportional increase in fading.
Please handle prints carefully. Do not remove prints from the plastic sleeve until it is time to place it in the frame. Fine art paper is delicate and can flake off if brushed. The texture of the surface can be marred by rubbing and art paper easily picks up dirt. It is easy to crease the print while handling it.
Once out of the sleeve, you should handle the print with white cotton gloves to reduce the chance that oils and dirt are transferred to the print. Handle the print by the borders and avoid touching the image directly.
How should prints be displayed?
Prints should be displayed framed and matted under glass to minimize damage from accidents and from air borne contaminants. The mat keeps the print surface from touching the glass. Prints should be framed professionally. If you frame the print yourself, you should use archival mounting strips. Do not use tape to attach the print.
The best glass for framing a print depends upon the display conditions. If the print is displayed properly lit in an area with few reflections, ordinary glass is fine. The much more expensive anti-glare glass can diffuse and soften the image.
How are the prints shipped?
Prints letter size or smaller are are placed in plastic sleeves and shipped flat in a padded mailer with backing support.
Large prints are shipped in a plastic sleeve that is rolled into a sturdy mailing tube. Any curling will usually correct itself once framed. Should you need to remove the curl, you can use the mailing tube. With a print in the plastic sleeve, carefully roll the print the opposite way around the mailing tube. The sleeve will help protect the face of the print. If the print is no longer in the sleeve, use a sheet of facing paper to protect the print’s face.
Tracking info is provided when items ship.
If prints arrive damaged, please photograph the damage, send me the photo and new prints will be shipped.
Are prints signed or numbered?
Prints 12x16" or larger are numbered in sequence in each size and contain a signed certificate of authenticity as well as care and handling instructions. All prints are open editions.
What size frame is best?
Images are available in sizes that allow them to be matted and framed with uniform borders in frame sizes that are commercially available (e.g. Aaron Brothers Signature frames):
Image size ----> Suggested frame
5x9" ----> 10x14"
12x16" ----> 16x20"
How can I return a large rolled print in its original condition?
Creased or damaged prints are no longer in their original condition and cannot be resold. To keep the print in its original condition, do do not remove it from the plastic sleeve until you are sure that it is right for you. Retain all original shipping materials for reuse.
Carefully roll the print while still in its plastic sleeve so that the roll is smaller than the diameter of the mailing tube. Note that it is easy to crease or damage a fine art print while rolling it. Wrap the roll with a single sheet of white paper and tape the paper so that it keeps the roll from expanding.
Slide the rolled print into the mailing tube along with the certificate of authenticity. Tape and seal the caps, purchase postage and insurance. Then mail it
What if I return a print that is not in its original condition?
Returned prints that are not in their original condition are destroyed and are not resold. I will document and notify you of any damage.
You are responsible for the cost of reprinting the work. The cost is fair and is based only on the time and materials required to recreate the fine art print.