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Wednesday, 27 March 2019


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The pictures from Mr. Brown are excellent. This fellow has a beautiful photographic voice.

Now yer talkin', Mike! Photography! Photographs! Exhibitions! Woo hoo!

Looks like it was a lovely opening of a good show.

"...but the pleasure of seeing is something some curators forget or ignore these days." Yup. I agree.

A great review of the work of a fine photographer. Thanks.

Nice prints on those walls! Really like the style insofar as it shows in your report.

He seems to have a point of view, though as I'm aurally tuned to the tv right now, worrying what these damned Brexit-lovin' politicos are going to do to my health services as an expat living in Spain, I can't go look at his website yet. Still to master thinking about more than one thing at a time, something my late wife could do without any trouble at all.


Looking at Mr Brown's website I get the distinct feeling he's a very nice and peaceful loving human being. What lovely hearted work.

Very nice article and introduction to Tommy’s work. I love going to exhibitions since, for me, prints are still the only way to truly appreciate a photograph. However, I’m always amused at the number of folks taking camera phone snapshots of the prints. I assume to claw them back to their digital world.

I like Tommy Brown's style and aesthetic. I can relate to his photographs; which is more than I can say for most of the semi finalists of the Moran Photographic Prize currently in progress in Australia. They recently made available, on their website, the top 230 semi finalists (judged from JPEGs), from which 30 will be selected to be printed for the finalist exhibition and a winner chosen. This is an Australian prize and, according to their website, "The Moran Arts Foundation invites photographers to tell a story of how they experience living in Australia; places, people and lifestyle that make our lovable country quintessentially Australian. It may be a landscape, portrait or action shot (photographs do not have to be portraits)."

The thing is, I don't get it. I can see that a handful of the photographs are outstanding, but I just can't relate to most of the photographs in their top 230. Now, I'm 61 years old and I'm not stupid. I love art and photography and have been raised in an artistic and musical environment (for whatever that's worth), but the reasons the judges chose many of these images is just beyond me. It makes me wonder if I really have been, both as a patron and a photographer, getting it all wrong for the last 60 years. (That would explain a lot!)

Prints are unusually easy to make these days to pretty good quality at a very reasonable price compared to the darkroom chemistry days. The internet has made it fast and inexpensive at scale.
Framing remains expensive regardless of the internet scale. Beyond prints in a box, if you want a nice frame and matte it's going to be expensive compared to the cost of the print.
Finally, the value of wall space can be an issue.
I no longer give people prints unless they allow me to pay for the framing and express an interest in wanting it. Usually I will put it in a 5x7 frame that can self support on a table, rather than wall space.

I have found that giving people prints in a digital book is more welcome. And require no framing, nor wall space.

When people choose to purchase a very large print from me at a price including nice framing, I toss in a complimentry digital book that includes the shot of their large print on the cover, and other prints inside. I works as good marketing too.

Either way, at least we get a print in their hands.

To me the act of holding a print on paper in your hand is the difference between photography and imaging.
Mr Brown's photos are lovely. I wish I could make his show.

Love the prints I can see in the photos, beautiful photography.

I love to print, I do at least one letter size print a week to avoid the printer from clogging. I try to preview in my mind the best possible output for the selected image/s, and preprocess them accordingly. Sometimes an exceptional print comes out, then I work for a larger version.

Last February I took a picture of an abandoned mini market wooden building in rural southern Chile, a very colorful construction. The print in Matt paper came out really nice, so I prepared for a large print, in this case a very large print (to me). Since I took the picture with my Olympus Pen F, mounted on a tripod, using the high resolution mode, the original file has a lot of details. I further increased the size of the file using Topaz Labs A.I. Gigapixel in order to do a 24x50" cropped panoramic view of the building. So far I have made three letter size prints of selected parts of the image at full resolution. The level of detail in this prints is just jaw dropping, I never expected this level of quality from such a small camera. You just don't get the quality and impact from the 5K computer screen.

I too greatly appreciated these "proper" photographs by Mr. Brown.

Just a note for Neil Swanson. Having owned an Epson 2200 and a P800 (my current printer) I can assure you that the P800 does far exceed what the 2200 could do in terms of quality. Go for it if you can.

I really enjoyed his website, thanks for introducing me. I find it quite interesting that in the picture of him next to the picture of the print of the white barn against the sky the print in the digital photo is more appealing to my eye than the much larger digital version of the same photo I can see on his website. Really underscores the value of a good print.

Here’s a gallery talk by show curator Mary Murray for those of you on Facebook. Thanks Mike for your generous words. I’ll write more when I’m at my computer.


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