Sounds like a marketing term, but when you dig deeper, there is a broader color range and papers.
Bob suggested the Hahenmule Baryta Gloss, “this paper has its own quality that is akin to traditional darkroom silver fiber papers”.
Now he had me hooked.
In my youth, I spent hundreds of hours in the darkroom, printing black & white photos, for hobby, school and work, so this was music to my ears!
After a day or so, late in the holiday season, Bob invites me in for Proofing.
I was excited.
I arrived at a building, that I had passed countless times in my 17+ years of living in Downingtown, questioning what I was going to see.
I walked into the reception area, and introduced myself to the receptionist.
While waiting, I looked around at various books on the tables and prints covering the walls.
My commercial printing background was kicking in.
Was this stuff being printed here?
I flipped through several art books, and the quality was amazing.
After several minutes, Bob arrived and escorted me back to the Proofing area.
Past the beautiful offices and sub-studios, and finally into the main printing area.
My jaw was on the floor!
Traditionally, high volume color printing is not a clean activity.
This place seemed spotless.
Even their 60+ year old Heidelberg offset printer looks brand new!
(If I remember correctly it was imported from Germany and rebuilt!)
I snickered to myself as I entered the nearby Proofing booth, similar to the one I entered at Kodak, on my first day, to test for color blindness and how many places had I visited that had no concept of controlled lighting.
Part of me was in Geek heaven.
Needless to say, the Proofs looked great, and things that I worried about in my head, did not come up.
A couple of days later, I returned to pick up the final 24×36 prints, and they were gorgeous!
The size, print quality and paper all worked together to enhance the final pieces and I was extremely happy to present them to my client!
A Gem of a Neighbor
Again, I am blown away with this GEM of a Print house, right in my back yard, roughly 2 miles away!
I’m also amazed that I had never heard of them before, and they have been there since 2003!
As for pricing, it is definitely more expense then going with my NYC house, even with shipping, but now I have two options to present to future clients!
Update – A couple of days later, another new client wanted two 11x14s, and I immediately sent the files to Brilliant Studios, and also got excellent prints! – I have printed these in the past, and the yellows tended to be a little ‘hot’, but when done via the giclée printing, they were still rich without being too vibrant.
Stroud Preserve – Research Center 2011
Abiah Taylor Barn from Stroud Preserve 2011
So with that being said, who wants a Fine Art Print?
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