The Photographic Process
From concept to finished print, my photographic technique is a multi-layered and elaborate one, with each step contributing to an end result that is of a quality and intensity that is far beyond what was capable of being produced only a few years ago. The digital camera sensors, the method of image capture, and the software and the printing techniques I have developed allow me to create images that I feel do justice to the magnificent regions I have travelled to. I was initially drawn to the potential of ultra-high resolution photography as I developed a photographic process to capture the wreck of the Titanic with, 4km under the ocean waves. The concept of using this technique 5km above sea level, in the Atacama, one of the harshest environments on earth, was enormously appealing to me. In order to achieve incredible levels of detail on a very, very large printing scale, and bearing in mind the extreme weather, wind and cold that I was subjected to, I had to analyse every single aspect of the photographic process from standing in the Atacama Desert looking out over a scene, to standing in front of the finished print, and then photographically perfect each step of the way.
Everything in the photographic process leads up to the physical print that hangs on the wall, and the printing is a hugely important step in the artistic process. For this reason I make my own prints in my dedicated printing and mounting workshop in Scotland. Using the finest equipment and materials, the printing quality achieved from the vast digital files I create out in the field have a depth, detail and colour fidelity that simply have to be seen to be believed. The finished artwork has excellent longevity, and will withstand changes or deterioration for many decades.
Once the print has been made, attention is then drawn to the mounting process, the final, critical step of the journey. We can assist with all matters regarding the mounting and framing of your print, and in our workshop we can handle the mounting of the images onto sheets of aluminium or aluminium composite (‘Dibond’ is the well known brand name), up to 4m wide, actually the largest single sheet size that is available to mount onto. For larger images a series of these sheets look incredibly impressive hung side by side. My images have been very successfully 'face-mounted' under acrylic, presented raw on aluminium sheets, as well as framed in traditional wooden frames.