Print Types used by Arctic Light
Capturing a photo and editing it are only parts of the continuum of the creative process and the creation and display of photographic art. As much as an image is appealing often in subjective ways, so is its presentation. Art and the selection of it is a very personal thing. That is why we use a variety of media in the presentation of prints. Read more below to learn about each type of media we use, and what businesses we rely on to create our prints.
Paper and Canvas
Carl utilizes Epson Premium Lustre paper for all unframed prints on display at the gallery and at shows and fairs. The paper and ink quality ensures an archival preservation of the image. If a traditional paper print is desired, simply select the “Print” option when purchasing online. Carl personally creates this prints up to the 16×24 size. Larger prints are printed locally at Keller’s Custom Photo in Anchorage.
All framed prints at our Anchorage gallery are framed at Obeidi’s Fine Art Gallery/Alaska Art and Frame, where Carl has been having his prints framed since 2002. Mention Carl sent you and receive 10% off your custom framing job!
For those who want a more artistic, painterly look in their print, you may want a canvas print. Canvas prints can be made from prints on professional photo papers bonded onto museum quality canvas, or fine art prints printed directly onto the canvas material. The resulting prints can then be stretched and stapled onto a wood artist’s stretcher bar frame, with the image stretched around a frame – a “Canvas Wrap” when making your order selection. We use Bay Photo Lab for our canvas prints.
One of our more popular print media is the “Metal” print. We use Bennett Images in Eagle Riverfor our metal prints on display in shows and at the gallery. The metal prints are created by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Because the image is infused into the surface and not on it, your images will take on an almost magical luminescence. The prints are particularly radiant when displayed under appropriate light. The surface is scratch-resistant and waterproof, so it can be cleaned easily – just avoid direct sunlight. It is important to note, however, that corners on metal prints can easily be dented when dropped – so be careful when handling.
The size of the print will determine what wall-mount option is provided. Float Mount hangers are attached to the back of the print, and float the print with a foam core layer 1/2-inch off the wall when hung. Larger prints will have either a wooden hanger with wire on the back, or metal hanger with hardware and bumpon.
Floating Mount example
When selecting your print options online, you will see a “Lumachrome Museum Plus.” This is the Acrylic print, which we have available only online or at the gallery. It is not available at fairs or shows. We utilize Nevada Art Printers in Las Vegas for our acrylic prints.
The Lumachrome prints provide an incredible resolution, clarity, and vibrancy with a seemingly 3D image quality to your photo that can appear backlit and holographic. The print is facemounted to acrylic using an adhesive layer, and assembled in a clean room to ensure no dust gets in the middle of the process. We choose the Low Reflection P99 UV acrylic surface when ordering our prints, as it reduces glare impact from direct and side lighting.
The Museum Mount Plus includes a 3mm Comatex Backing behind the 1/8 inch acrylic face, plus a 3/4 inch composite rear floating frame for stability and ease of hanging.
These prints are rated archival to 120 years.