London Drugs has been a proud supporter of the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver since its inauguration in 2013. The festival features both local and international lens-based artistic talent through high-profile gallery exhibits throughout the city of Vancouver. For the second year in a row, London Drugs printed the festival’s entire National Pictures of the Year Awards exhibit, displayed at Vancouver’s Pendulum Gallery.
London Drugs Photolab Technicians worked closely with the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) to print the exhibit, which features finalists for the largest photojournalism competition in Canada. Thirteen categories are represented, including news, sports and social issues.
London Drugs Photolab Technicians collaborated with NPAC and the 2016 National Pictures of the Year coordinator Ric Ernst to print each of the finalist’s photos in gallery quality, to each photographer’s specifications.
“This is our second year having the London Drugs Photolab print our exhibit for the Capture Photography Festival and once again the quality of our exhibition prints are superb. I have to admit, the first year I was somewhat skeptical about London Drugs printing our images but was blown away by the quality of work they produced for us. I had no doubts this year and was not disappointed,” says Ernst.
Among the photos printed by the London Drugs Photolab was an image of CrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton, captured in her element by Canadian photographer Darren Calabrese, as part of a series he was working on for ESPN. The photo was selected as a Picture Story Feature finalist for the National Pictures of the Year Awards.
“The project with Lindsay Hilton began after I had seen a local story about one of her workout videos going viral. That story was a straightforward news item, but I was interested in learning more about her as a person rather than just an athlete,” explains Calabrese. “I shot the series over a span of five or six months. At first, I rarely shot any pictures. I would show up at the gym with just one body and a lens, but would just chat with her and the coach/gym owner. I would help with the weights sometimes and every once in a while I would jump in and try the same workout or exercise out of curiosity.”
Ernst appreciates the trust that the photojournalists, including Calabrese, put in him and the London Drugs Photolab team to ensure the photos printed are as true to the original as possible. The goal is to maintain each personal art aesthetic which helps to convey the photo’s story.
“The most important part of printing our images is getting the tonal qualities and colour balance correct and as close to what the photographer achieved with the original file. The quality of the paper is important and the stock London Drugs Photolab used for our prints was premium,” says Ernst.
Ernst believes the Photolab Technicians’ own passion for photography is what makes working with London Drugs an exceptional experience. “They know what we expect and they speak the same language which makes it very easy to communicate our needs.”
London Drugs Photolab Technician John Goldsmith, who worked with Ernst to print the exhibit, used London Drugs’ new Epson P-9000 printer for many of the finalists’ photos. Authentic Epson inks will provide a lifetime of enjoyment, with an archival stability of 200 years. These new printers can now be found in every London Drugs Photolab, and will be used to print customers’ photos in gallery-quality, whether it’s for an exhibit or to hang on their walls at home.
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.
As part of our World Photography Day celebrations, we’d like to take you into the lab and introduce you to a very important member of the Photolab team. Meet our Photolab Technical Specialist, John Goldsmith. A photographer himself, John understands the trust involved between photographer and Photolab when printing fine art photography. His passion for photography is what allows him to build that trust with each and every photographer he works with, resulting in beautiful images in the best quality possible.
John knows firsthand the importance of working with an experienced lab tech. He was one of a handful of photographers commissioned to showcase his own photography exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver during the inaugural Capture Photography Festival. He worked with the London Drugs Photolab to print his museum-quality images for the exhibition. Today, as Photolab Technical Specialist, he takes his experience as a photographer and applies it to each and every image he prints in the London Drugs Photolab, building trusting relationships with the photographers he works with.
Speak with one of our expert Photolab Technical Specialists in-store today to find out how you can produce your own museum-quality prints for your walls at home!
Ask any painter: the surface makes a difference. The same is true for photography. Print the same image on two different papers and you’ll notice the difference; especially if one paper is of superior quality. If you happen to be using a high-end, professional grade interchangeable lens camera (ILC) such as the ones I wrote about in my previous post, it makes sense to display the images on a surface that will do justice to the extraordinary colour, contrast and detail captured in the photo. (In case you’re wondering, ILCs include both DSLR and compact system cameras.)
Fine art papers are perfect for displaying these large-size, extremely high quality photos. The PhotoLab offers a variety of options (each of which has also been the focus of a previous post):
If you’re not sure which type of fine art print would be most appropriate for your favourite photos, simply bring them to your local PhotoLab where a technician can show you samples and help you make the right choice.
High-quality ILCs make it easy to take great photos. However, your absolute best—the most impactful, the most deeply personal, or the ones you simply like the best for your own reasons—deserve something more. Fine art prints can turn the walls of your home or office into a gallery, where your personal best is always on display.