Long Lasting and Limited Editions
At Explorelight we endeavour to draw distinction to our work not just in terms of style and aesthetic quality, but also through means of presentation and print quality. With the exception of our canvas prints all images within our gallery are printed on photographic paper. This print medium has mostly been replaced due to the convenience of more cost effective means of printing with inkjet printers. It does however remain the only way to ensure archival permanence of your photographic print. Furthermore it is the only print medium accepted by reputable galleries and museums. While this method is significantly more expensive than inkjet printing, you the buyer, will receive a high quality collectable product.
To ensure maximum quality in our prints we continue to shoot the vast majority of imagery on either 35mm or medium format transparency film. We then scan film with an Imacon Virtual Drum scanner before printing on Kodak’s flagship photographic paper, Endura. Giclee prints are also available on fine art canvas.
All our images are also limited editions of 50 or 25. This means that only a limited number of photographic prints can be produced of each image making your photograph a collectable piece of art that will stand the test of time. A certificate of edition and quality authenticity will be presented with every print. All prints will be printed with a gloss finish but a matt finish can be arranged on request by phone or email. Images are not manipulated to ensure the final product accurately represents a genuine natural depiction of the scene in question.
All images within our fine art nude section are captured on film of different formats. Ed’s preferred weapon is the Contax 645 or the Pentax 67. Each image is then printed personally by Ed in his customised dark room in Ireland to the highest archival standards using quality fiber based silver gelatin papers. Fresh chemicals are used at each printing session and all prints are selenium or gold toned before being washed, dried and then flattened in between two pieces of museum board in a flat bed dry mount press for two minutes. This printing process ensures each limited edition print has individual uniqueness and archival permanence accepted by galleries and museums the world over.
Mounted, Unmounted and Canvas Prints?
Mounted prints are dry mounted in a four-inch acid free white matt, signed and numbered. Dry mounting is a more expensive process than regular mounting but ensures your print will stand the test of time and look its best when framed. All mounts will be white unless we are advised of a specific request. The print will be signed and editioned out of view below the mount. The mount will also be signed and editioned in pencil so your framed image has optimum aesthetic and collectable appeal. There is an additional charge for delivery of dry mounted prints due to logistical and packaging difficulties associated with posting imagery in this format.
Unmounted prints and canvas prints will have borders up to two inch’s wider than image size as quoted in our pricing guide and will be delivered domestically and internationally free of charge in a solid cylindrical tube to ensure no damage can occur while your print is in transit. Both formats will be signed and editioned by Ed or Peter.
Blockmounted, Stretched Canvas and Framed Photographic Prints?
All of our imagery can be ordered blockmounted, on stretched canvas or framed.
Block mounted prints are heat sealed to a 12 millimetre board with batons attached to the back to allow the image to float on the wall. Canvas prints can be stretched to a one-inch wooden frame ready for hanging. We use as standerd black aluminium for traditional framing but can also meet specific requests if a different finish is required.
If you would like to purchase any imagery in any of the above formats please contact Peter directly either by phone or by email.