Why Ultimate Quality Fine Art
Why Ultimate Quality Fine Art?
I chose this description for my online luxury fine art gallery for several reasons. First, the inspiration for my artwork for the past 15 years is the great 1860-1870's landscape paintings of the American West by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran. These paintings measure 6' x 10' up to 8' x 14' and were sensational at the time and are still featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and in the Smithsonian American Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. Both artists were influential in the creation of our National Park System.
Bierstadt's and Moran's work introduced the American public, who largely lived in Eastern cities, to the grandeur of the American West. This was a time before intercontinental railroads and automobiles. There were no motion picture theaters and early photographic methods were limited to black and white wet plate photographs with blown out skies. In short, most Americans had never seen pictures of the Rocky Mountains and were not even aware places like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon existed.
Bierstadt traveled West in 1859 on horseback with the Frederick Lander Geographic Expedition to map a route for the Pacific Railroad across Wyoming. He returned with sketches of the Rocky Mountains and spent the winter creating his sensational painting, The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, at his 10th Avenue Studio in New York.
By Albert Bierstadt - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, online, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/...
In 1862, Bierstadt traveled from New York to San Francisco and spent several weeks in Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Mountains. From this trip, among other work, he produced his great painting, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Thomas Moran's vision of the Western landscape was critical to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. In 1871 Dr. Ferdinand Hayden, director of the United States Geological Survey, invited Moran...to join Hayden and his expedition team into the unknown Yellowstone region. During forty days in the wilderness area, Moran visually documented over 30 different sites and produced a diary of the expedition's progress and daily activities. His sketches, along with photographs produced by survey member William Henry Jackson, captured the nation's attention and helped inspire Congress to establish the Yellowstone region as the first national park in 1872. Moran's paintings along with Jackson's photographs revealed the scale and splendor of the beautiful Yellowstone region where written or oral descriptions failed, persuading President Grant and the US Congress that Yellowstone was to be preserved. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...)
I first saw these paintings in the 1980s and was blown away by the scale, the realism, and the romanticism of these great works of art. When my wife and I moved to Colorado in 2004 and began to use our home as a base for explorations to Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and California to see and photograph the amazing scenic beauty, majesty, and grandeur of the American West and Southwest, I began researching what it would take to create mural-sized photographs that combined the realism and romanticism I had earlier been inspired by in the grand format paintings by Bierstadt and Moran.
I discovered it was possible--that if I used ultra-large and large format film cameras, I could create photographs with enough (more than enough) resolution to print 6' x10' murals that viewers could walk right up to and see the details of rocks, trees, and grass. This project became my mission, passion, and obsession.
To do this right, I needed to set aside the digital cameras I had been using and return to using film cameras. And not 35mm film, because it is much too small to print giant murals similar to Bierstadt and Moran's paintings. I needed to use 8x10 and even 11x14 inch film cameras. Why? Because a sheet of 11x14 film has an area 115 times larger than 35mm film or digital sensors. A sheet of 8x10 film is nearly 60 times larger than a 35mm digital sensor. This means a digital scan of a sheet of large format (8x10) or ultra-large format (11x14) film provides resolution (pixels, digital information for printing) that far exceeds the native quality of even the most advanced small or medium format digital cameras available today. My goal is Ultimate Quality--both on the front end, i.e., making a grand scenic landscape photograph in the field, as well as on the back end, i.e., making an Ultimate Quality Fine Art print using the most advanced, sophisticated technology available--CSI Lightjet 500XL printers for my one-of-a-kind Ultimate Quality Fine Art Original Series and Ultimate Quality Lumachrome TrueLife Acrylic prints on Canon printers for my Limited Edition Fine Art Prints.
Ultimate Quality on the front end, and Ultimate Quality on the back end. Ultimate Quality Fine Art.