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I’ve been using Haddenham-based photographer Paul Wilkinson for years now to photograph my kids – he’s won loads of national awards and is much admired for his portraiture and wedding photography.
And it was Paul who took the photo of me on my homepage, a picture so flattering that my own mother, a Yorkshire woman who tells it like it is, openly pondered if I’d been photo-shopped. Er, thanks mum.
Anyway, I popped in earlier today to see Paul because I’ve been reading about these new prints he’s doing directly onto aluminium and wanted to see them for myself.
They were kind of surprising actually. I think I was expecting something a bit sturdy or clunky, but they’re very cool. To start with, they’re light; no heavier than sturdy cardboard to pick up and therefore easy to hang on walls. Extremely thin too, as you’d expect sheet metal to be. There’s no rimmed frame, just the sheet itself, so it’s very sleek and modern.
But the most striking thing is the colour that seems to ping off the metal, reflecting the light right through the image.
I don’t think there’s anywhere else in the local area using this printing technique (I’ll stand corrected if any irate photographers comment below!) so if you’re thinking about getting some photos done in the near future, it might be worth a gander to Paul’s open day this Sunday at his studios where you can see a giant aluminium print on the wall and – in the great British tradition – grab a cup of tea and cake while you’re at it.
Paul Wilkinson open day, Sunday 24 March 1-6pm. 6 High St, Haddenham, HP17 8ER.