I have always visualised the lumen prints I make for Harena Now to be seen relatively large scale.
The originals are all approx. 10 x 8 inch black and white photo paper, mainly Ilford Multigrade FB Warmtone.
My recent house move has curtailed my financial ability to spend large amounts of money on copious amounts of test prints. I have therefore had to try and come up with cost effective ways of experimenting with the visualisations of display.
One of these has been to take up a voucher code offer via Photobox. This has enabled me to save £50+ on printing costs at 40 x 30 inch poster size.
Although the printing quality may not be ideal for my final exhibition work, it should provide me with a starting point for discussing my personal preferences with the printing lab at Falmouth University.
I have chosen three images, which I plan to hang on my walls at home in the next week, will be printed matt on Fujifilm 210 gsm Crystal Archive paper.
The following examples provide a view of these images at varying sizes in a dummy room set.
I have also created a dummy display for one of my portrait images too. It will be good to mix and match both landscape and portrait options to see how that will flow.
I’m getting increasingly excited about seeing my work in large print, as just watching the above slideshow reaffirms that my instinct to go large with the lumen prints is the correct option to take.
Weirdly, I have also found that I am being drawn away from my cyanotype images for the Harena Now project, in favour of the non-fixed lumen technique and prints.
This is something I will think more deeply about in the coming week or two as I’m wondering if the two processes will jar, and maybe, if I still follow the idea of reupholstering deckchairs that maybe I take inspiration from Eva Stenram (as mentioned in my previous post) and take elements of my lumen prints to create new material. This could in fact then be used to create a ‘curtain’ for the original print, which could be displayed alongside the large scale image.
Photobox. Available at: https://www.photobox.co.uk/shop/wall-decor/posters [accessed April 15]