Northwest Nature Photography Metal Prints by Peter James
The Metal Print Process
Eliminating the need for frames, metal prints are a modern medium for exhibiting landscape photography by infusing dyes into the surface of specially coated aluminum sheets. The metal print has a frame mounted out of view on the back, which supports the picture hanging wire, and gives the print the effect of floating out away from the wall. The lightness of the aluminum, and the simplicity of the mounting hardware, makes hanging Metal Prints easy and beautiful.
The Metal Print Look
These edge to edge landscape photos have a clean look and eliminate the clutter, cost and distraction of traditional photo framing.
The color suspended in the special print surface has a rich, vivid luminance which make the photos seem to pop off the wall. The high gloss surface gives the photographs depth and brilliance which will take your breath away!
Traditional photographic processes produce chemical waste containing high levels of silver, as well as a variety of other caustic chemicals and bleaches; much of which end up being poured directly down drains and ultimately into our environment. The silver is highly toxic to aquatic organisms and water containing over 5 ppm is considered hazardous waste by environmental agencies.
Peter James’ metal landscape prints have less chemical footprint, and waste no silver, so you can celebrate the beauty of nature while preserving it as well.
The Archival Quality
Collectors will be happy to know that metal landscape prints have been proven to have exceptional image stability. Xenon Light Stability Testing shows that the image stability of metal landscape prints is 2 - 4 times longer than the image stability of traditional silver photo papers.
Peter James’ metal landscape prints will last for generations when displayed indoors and out of direct sunlight. Like all fine art print, these metal prints should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.
Also, unlike gicleé or photographic processes, metal prints are waterproof and have a scratch resistant coating. The archival value of the metal prints exceeds other medium‘s due to it’s resistance to degradation by U.V. light, ozone exposure, moisture and surface damage.
See the comparative testing here: Xenon Light Stability Test Results (PDF)
Cleaning and Moving Metal Prints
Since these Metal Prints are scratch resistant and waterproof, they are easy to clean with any ammonia-free glass cleaner.
Care should be taken when moving and hanging metal prints. Enough force will bend the light weight aluminum and the image surface can chip if the edge is set down too hard on a solid surface. Always set your prints down on fabric or carpeted surfaces and your photos will last many lifetimes.
Watch this video for a demonstration of the best way to clean your Metal Prints:
Image Quality Up Close
For the larger sized prints, especially the 40“x60” and 48"x96", the image is being stretched across a large area. If you look closely at the print, the image may look fuzzy. These image are meant to be viewed from a distance of 2 feet or more, and when they are, they look superb!