Not your Great Grandma’s Tintype

March 3, 2011 at 11:00 am (Dogs, Oregon, Pet Photography, Photography, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When my photography journey began way back in the early ’80’s (can I really be that old?), the rage in wall portraits was to print portraits (or emboss or press them) onto textured masonite.  The portraits were durable, easy to frame, and depending upon the texture the client selected, could imitate the look of canvas, linen, or a number of other interesting faux finishes.

Later came canvas prints which more closely imitated the look of a painted portrait, and is still popular today.  The canvas is actually stretched over a framework, like a painter’s canvas, and can be framed or hung on the wall as a gallery wrap.

Technologies, just like the styles of the times, change.  Today we have lots of options.  Sure, you can still get textured masonite, portraits dry mounted on foam core or even very thick gator board, prints on ceramic, and canvas prints are virtually everywhere.  But the new trend is photographic prints on aluminum.

These are stylishly modern and can be ordered in a variety of ways.  You can get prints on a single sheet of aluminum, or even a stacked print on two sheets of aluminum, the bottom slightly larger than the sheet “floating” slightly above it for a dimensional look.  You can display prints on an easel, have them framed, order them with corner holes for hanging, or opt for an invisible floating mount on the back.

They are available in a variety of finishes from satin to gloss and even semi transparent to allow the brilliant lustre of the metal to add to the luminosity of the print, if it warrants it.

These prints are fairly expensive, but a good value just the same.  The portraits are durable and scratch resistant and can be cleaned with any glass cleaner.  Though they are waterproof and have an ultra-hard scratch resistant coating, like any fine-art print they should not be displayed in direct sunlight to avoid fading.  A quality metal print should last generations.

Since this style of photographic printing is relatively new, most people cannot envision the final product.  I have photographed an example of an 8×12 with a hidden floating mount for you to see as an example.


Floating Block Mount for Easy Hanging

My client should be very happy with this print.

Want some stylish aluminum portraits for your home?  Give me a call.  I am happy to help you with your photographic needs.


Oh, and just a reminder…


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