Portfolios: Alan Reid

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3ft x 2ft photo canvas silver gelatine on canvas with acrylic colour


"Photo Canvas - The technique produces a truly unique look to photographic images by working with hand coated photo sensitive emulsions directly onto a stretched canvas surface. To complete the look of the canvases acrylic colour is applied in a variety of styles depending on client's requirements. see www.photo-canvas.co.uk

From start to finish I have complete hands on creative control of the image. Using traditional printing techniques I project a black and white negative onto a hand crafted stretched canvas. Under darkroom conditions each canvas is photo sensitised with a hand coated emulsion and then processed to yield a unique silver image, the characteristics of which are both stunning and timeless, and have a unique warmth and charm impossible to achieve with digital computer based imaging. Each canvas is finished with acrylic varnish to allow for cleaning and to protect the image surface.

I have been involved in photography most of my working life and have studied photographic technology to degree level. My wide ranging experience and knowledge of photography and printing techniques having been complemented whilst working as a freelance printer in London for titles such as Country Living and Harpers and Queen."

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