For the 3rd consecutive year, London Drugs is proud to be a sponsor of the Capture Photography Festival, celebrating local and international lens-based artistic talent in Vancouver. The festival is devoted to exhibiting challenging and thought-provoking photography at over 50 esteemed galleries and public installations.
This year, the London Drugs Photolab printed the works of several high profile Capture exhibits, including LA-based photographer Aline Smithson’s exhibit Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography, and the News Photographers Association of Canada’s National Pictures of the Year awards exhibit.
Using the best in photofinishing equipment and innovative materials such as our Hahnemühle Fine Art Bamboo Paper, our passionate, experienced Photolab Technicians printed flawless fine art pieces hung in galleries across the city.
These fine art printing services aren’t just reserved for professionals, either. Amateurs, freelancers, and professionals alike can get museum-quality prints, using the London Drugs Photolab’s cutting-edge printing services.
According to the ever-reliable internet, bamboo paper was in invented in China around 105 AD. I believe that makes it the oldest form of paper after papyrus. Despite this history, few people seem to be aware that bamboo makes an excellent photo paper. While previous Photoblog posts have proclaimed the wonders of bamboo paper (most notably here, but these as well) I will briefly summarize why it deserves your consideration.
To begin with, there’s the texture. Bamboo as you probably know is a fibrous material, and the texture alone gives photo prints a rich, deep and ultimately unique look. Yet there’s an even greater benefit to this fibrous texture: it results in crisp, brilliant colour reproduction. The macro print described in this post offers an accurate account of the detail bamboo printing is capable of providing. You can also be assured that a bamboo print’s magnificent colour will last. Bamboo is one of those all-natural ‘super-materials’—long-lasting and ultra durable. If you’ve ever owned bamboo flooring, furniture or clothing you’re no doubt familiar with its toughness, and photo paper is no different. Images printed on bamboo paper experience little or no colour fading with time, which is why they’re often referred to as ‘archival’ prints. Being a long-lasting natural material, bamboo photo paper is also environmentally friendly.
Somehow, despite all of these benefits, bamboo prints are a surprisingly uncommon choice. This, however, ends up being yet another advantage because when people see a bamboo print on your wall chances are they have never seen anything like it before, which in turn makes you seem very original and knowledgeable about photography. Which, if you are already a fan of bamboo prints, you probably are.