Saal Digital – Wall Decors

The service, quality of product, packaging, and delivery were above and beyond from Saal Digital, overall the product is something I would offer my clients and would recommend to other professional photographers, I will use Saal Digital for future printing.

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I chose to order an Alu-Dibond wall decor, from Saal Digital, this is a product that I have never used before.

Alu-Dibond is a panel that consists of two aluminum sheets with a polyethylene core, which makes the artwork, strong and durable, you have the option of including wall fixings with your product, I chose not to have this, as I want to frame the art work.

Below is a quote from the Saal Digital website, where they describe the printing process, the print quality is outstanding and finished to a very high standard.

The print has an impressive saturation and colourfulness with high resolution and sharpness. It is realized through the newest direct UV printing with 6 colours instead of 4, including light inks, and sixfold UV cure. Even large and monochromatic areas are resplendent in saturated colours and absolute subtlety and fineness.

The image below shows the quality of the packaging, the art work, is laid on foam, backed by 3 layers of corrugated card, shrink wrapped, then packaged again in string corrugated card, it arrived in perfect condition.

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This is another altered print, that was soaked in sea water, again challenging to keep the vibrant colors, and detail in the printing, I’m very impressed with the quality and service from Saal Digital.

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Here’s a close-up section of the busiest part of detail…

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I can’t grumble, the service, quality of product, packaging, and delivery were above and beyond from Saal Digital, overall the product is something I would offer my clients and would recommend to other professional photographers, I will use Saal Digital for future printing.

Photo Books by Saal Digital

Saal Digital offer HighEnd photo products with brilliant quality, they are a professional photo lab with great enthusiasm for photography.

I chose to have a flexible photo book printed, The square format is excellent for images in both landscape and portrait formats. Images can be perfectly presented.

I opted for a 19×19 format book, with an unpadded, glossy cover, with a square image, printed on the front and back cover of the book, set against a black background.

 

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The software is very simple to use, you can upload your own layout, or use the templates provided, with ordering and payment facilities built in.

Delivery was very speedy, efficient with excellent tracking and packaging.

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The quality of the photo book was outstanding, the print finish was perfect and really set the images off, the thickness of the paper, was of a better standard than other products that I have used in the past.

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This is a lay flat book (its means the book opens flat, for better viewing of the images) which is perfect if you want to display your images at full bleed.

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I chose images that I knew would be hard to print (the images have been manipulated by soaking them in sea water, this causes a distortion in the image and pigments) the colour representation was spot on when compared with the original prints.

This product I would happily recommend to clients, photographers, friends and family. I would also use Saal Digital products again in the future, I can’t find any faults with their service or quality of products, for me, I give them 10/10!

Bring the Paint!

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Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival is a free event set to transform Leicester with supreme quality, high impact street art. The Cultural Quarter will play host to live artworks, music, skateboarding, breakdancing, BMX and a range of creative activities and exhibitions.

Bring the Paint brings over 150 artists together to work on sites across the city. Look out for large scale murals in the Cultural Quarter and legal spray sites city-wide. Other festival attractions include; live music, local jams, pop-up street art, window illustrations, food stalls and workshops. Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival promises to be a unique experience with multiple exciting opportunities for all visitors. Bring The Paint International Graffiti Festival aims to inspire a legacy of artistic growth and collaboration within the artistic community and beyond. Offering a platform to be creative and collaborate on a monumental scale, the festival is a visual celebration of Leicester’s diverse culture and will showcase the city’s thriving arts scene.

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Dont forget to check out Bring the Paints, IG Feed and FB Page!!

You can read previous ramblings here Return of the Macks (Part 2),  Return of the Macks 2017 (part one) and Return of the Macks… and view more images here on my website.

Return of the Macks (Part 2)

Beautiful, glorious sunshine, perfect painting conditions, next to Lock 42 of the Grand Union Canal.

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You can read my previous ramblings here Return of the Macks 2017 (part one) and Return of the Macks… (History) and view more image’s, from the ‘Return of the Macks’ on my website.

Temwa – Art for Africa Auction

TEMWA’s Art For Africa Auction, Saturday 10th June, from 4pm at The Attic Bar, Stokes Croft

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Art for Africa, one of the most affordable art sales of the year, all artwork has been donated by people such as Paris, Mr Jago, Lokey, Will Barras, James Starr, Kineta Hill, Mau Mau, Inkie… all monies raised will aid Temwa’s work to build sustainable, self-reliant communities in Northern Malawi.

Many of the artist’s who donate to Temwa for the Art for Africa Auction, also take part in various other funding raising events for the charity. Temwa is a charity that is greatly supported by the artists of Bristol, and further afield.

This year Live Painting sponsored by CASS ART will start at 4 pm, there will be a Kids Painting Workshop run by The Paintsmiths 4-6 pm, Street Food, Screen Printing by Epok AND The awesome DJ Die will be heading up the Legendary Art For Africa Afterparty.

Dont forget you can bid online, via phone (contact kirsty@temwa.org) or in person on the night or you can place reserve bids (again contact kirsty@temwa.org or ring 0117 403 1426).

 

Lokey and I, have both donated again this year… so if you fancy bidding on one of our piece’s you know what your looking…

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and a couple of cyanotypes by me…

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Return of the Macks 2017 (part one)

Travelling up to Leicester on a Friday, wasn’t as straightforward as it should have been, we had to go via Cheltenham so that I could hand in my last workbook, for the degree show, also the trains were delayed and we missed our connection in Brum, the weather ahh yes glorious sunshine and hot…(Lokey gets grumpy on overcrowded cattle wagons, when it’s a beautiful hot, sunny day – ideal painting conditions).

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So we got to Leicester an hour or so later than we had wanted, checked into the hotel, then headed to Culture Quarter, to check out what had been painted in the lead-up to the main event. What images I did take were on film (I haven’t sent them away for developing yet), after having a walk around, and catching up with a few people who still painting in the failing light, we ended up in The Exchange (lovely bar and they serve tea and cake too), now the choice’s of Cider for a Bristolian were limited, they had some bottled stuff that was apple or strawberry, or the only cider on tap… ‘Cloudy with a chance of shit-faced – a proper clear, flat cider that only West Country folk would have the balls to drink, now remember we were all bottle fed and weaned on ‘Traditional Thatcher’s’.

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As writer’s do, there was the usual ‘pass’ the black book (It’s a writer thing, if you’re all together with peeps from out of town, you generally sign, tag or draw in each other’s black books, it’s a way of commemorating the event). It was good to catch up with old friends and new, I met and spoke to some interesting people, from all walks of life,

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some people were meeting their idols for the first time, others were old friends and crew members, who may as well be family as they’ve known each other since childhood, it was like any other night down the pub, convo’s from work, art through to family life… normal people shit, it’s wasn’t like one of these lads nights out, where get’s sloshed in the first hour, cause havoc in the town, the odd fight, and someone being nicked, it was like being in one of, those, 18th century Gentlemen’s Club’s (where no females were allowed) very civilised and somewhat posh, though we were all outside, due to it being rather humid!

This night ended a little later than planned, and the hotel, the humidity, when we walked through the fire door, towards our room, was like stepping off of a plane in Adelaide in a 100+ temp… Humidity and dehydration mean one thing, a mother f8cker of a hangover for some people! (I don’t drink by the way!)

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Those that were drinking ‘Cloudy with a chance of shit-faced’, didn’t touch it on Saturday night…

 

You can read my previous ramblings here Return of the Macks… (History) and view more image’s, from the ‘Return of the Macks’ on my website.

Return of the Macks…

The first ‘Return of the Macks’ paint jam, happened on the May Bank Holiday in 1996 in Leicester, this would have happened in it weren’t for Andy Hitchcock and Solo one….(words below taken from a news article and stolen from the Return of the Macks 2017, FB Page)

One of the main driving forces behind the first Return of the Macks was Andy Hitchcock. Andy was the youth project worker at Central Hill Youth Project who managed to secure the hoardings on Western Boulevard from Sue Sanford at Leicester City Challenge.
It was during a series of workshops with Boyd Hill that the suggestion was made to create the U.Ks longest Graffiti wall and that plan was put in place with the date as The May Bank holiday 1996.


The Central Youth Project worked with young people from the estate and as a result of the workshops locals Karl Jones and John Woods were both presented with Certificates for their work on this project.

I wouldn’t like to say how many writers and crews took part in the original event, but from what I understand and tales that I have heard, writers travelled from far and wide, train, bused, hitchhiked or blagged a lift, to spend the weekend painting, meeting old and  making new friends, using old fashion car paint, generally having a good a time and having the mother of all hangovers the next day… (and 21 years later, the writer’s repeat the process, although I don’t think anyone hitchhiked to the 2017 event, and I didn’t see anyone using ‘car plan’ but I did see plenty of hungover writers’s on Saturday, so something’s never change…more of the 2017 event to come)

I think the only way that you could understand the significance of the Return on the Macks 1996 event, is to watch this video, it’s 13mins long, (so make a cuppa first, and enjoy) there are a few key moments in the video that make smile or laugh, firstly it’s seeing how young my Lokey is, and that living with a messy a photographer and our 3 year old daughter, has either aged him or driven him round the bend…(more than likely my nagging), the spontaneous break dancing and hearing Solo One talk so passionately about Graffiti, and the response’s from people checking the hoardings…

I nearly forgot to mention, its old VSH Footage, pre-internet, pre-digital camera’s, so everything was film footage, and yes I still use film to shoot Graffiti 🙂

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So 21 years later, its time for a reunion, so to say. Return of the Macks 2017 happened, alongside Bring the Paint and it’s all thanks to the lovely people at Graff HQ in Leicester. (more to follow in another post)

Also, you should check out Solo One’s Blog, he’s a wonder human being, and the world needs more people like him!

And if you’re wondering why the event was called Return of the Macks… Mark Morrison is to blame (and he’s from Leicester), his tune ‘Return of Mack‘, was no.1 in the charts at the time, when Solo One was deciding on a name for the event….