Yesterday the frozen FedEx man made his way to the front door bearing a dog-eared and taped Kodak paper box. Inside were the proof prints of the upcoming Print Offer pictures from Charlie Cramer. (The sale kicks off a week from this Sunday, if you've forgotten.)
They are gorgeous. Delicious. Beautiful. Gorgeliciousiful.
I showed one to my son, and his first response was "I like that! That really pops." Then I showed it to his girlfriend, and she said, "Ooh, I like that!" And you know, I think they nailed the matter: the print quality of Charlie's prints is "I like that."
They're gorgeously colorful overall, but the remarkable thing to me is what I might call "microcolor"—the small, subtle shifts and variations of colors within very small areas.
I could go on about detail and colors and the beautiful paper surface, but I think the short take is that these prints are going to be crowdpleasers. Not only you but also the non-photographers you know who see them are going to like them.
Maybe I don't get out enough, but seeing these really got me amped up. I only have room for one at a time on my print-viewing board, so I've been switching them back and forth. I don't think there are going to be any complaints on the print quality front. State-of-the-art digital printmaking, circa 2011.
Just thought you might like an update.
P.S. We'll publish on Monday morning an article that Charlie wrote for us about his techniques and methods.
P.P.S. We don't reveal the actual sale images until the sale starts.
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