Everyone has that one piece of art that changed their lives in some way. Maybe it was a painting in a museum they saw in a foreign country. Or maybe it was a black-and-white photograph they saw in an art gallery. They wish they would’ve bought it, but they can’t find it online and can’t remember the name of the artist. Maybe it was photography fine art prints in a mall that had been sold when they went back for it. Whatever it was, everyone has some version of “the one that got away.” They can see that piece clearly in their minds, but no matter how hard they search, they’ve never been able to find a physical copy again.
Fortunately, in today’s modern art world, it’s never been easier to buy photographic prints of your favorite pieces. And if my work has touched you in some way, why not invest in a fine art photography print that you can have hanging right in your own house? It won’t be one of those pieces that you can vaguely recall, but can’t quite remember the name of the artist–why, you ask yourself, didn’t you write it down? Instead, the piece will be vividly alive in your bedroom, office, or living room for you to enjoy every day. As you walk past the piece, you might smile to yourself thinking about how much you love the photo and how happy you are to own it.
You work hard for your money. Why not spoil yourself a little? If that’s not enough, here’s a few other reasons why you should buy photography fine art prints online.
1. You’re Directly Helping the Artist
If you’re a fan of an artist, why not consider being a patron of the arts? Centuries ago, kings and queens used to show appreciation to their favorite artists by funding their lifestyles so they could continue making artwork. You can continue this ancient tradition by buying pieces from your favorite artists. When you buy fine art prints online, you’re directly funding the artist so they can continue to make art for a living and produce works that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Buying prints online might seem expensive, but consider this. You’re not just paying for a photograph. You’re paying for the skills, knowledge, and expertise that the photographer developed over a course of several years, practising in various places and traveling across the world to perfect his craft. When you see an award-winning photograph, you’re not seeing the thousands of images that were discarded along the way or the patience it took to get the image in question. Being a skilful photographer constantly creating great images takes years of dedication. It’s not as simple as “point and shoot”. If it were, everyone would do it. You’re paying for talent and the years of hard work that finally came together to make that piece that’s hanging in your office or bedroom.
2. You’re Making an Investment
Everyone’s familiar with the one basic rule of investing: don’t buy anything that’s going to depreciate in value. For example, cars start to depreciate the moment you drive them off the lot. Houses, on the other hand, tend to go up in value over time. And fine art prints are the same. And as artists gain more attention in the industry, gaining in popularity and collecting awards and accolades, their work becomes increasingly valuable.
Imagine if you were a beginning photographer who took a picture today. You might be able to sell that photo for a few bucks. But if you became a world-renowned photographer in your later years, that same snapshot would be viewed as your “early work” and might sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. As the artist becomes more famous, their work becomes more valuable.
3. You’re Sharing Your Love of Fine art prints with Others
Have you ever seen a photograph that blew you away, and you wanted others to have that feeling, too? You could show them a picture online, but somehow the image on the screen never seems to compare to seeing the image in person. When you own fine photography prints, you’re creating a veritable gallery in your home of your favorite works. Your friends and family can see your favorite pieces in person, instead of having to squint at a screen. “Where did that come from?” “Where did you buy it?”
Additionally, you might inspire others to start hanging art prints in their own home or office. We all know that one person who scoffs at art and photography, saying there’s nothing “artistic” about a simple photo or a bunch of lines on a canvas. But when they see a great piece in person, they might start to change their mind. Fine art can move the seemingly immovable, and turn even the hardest skeptic into an art appreciator. They might even go online and start browsing prints on their own or be moved to pick up a camera themselves.
4. You’re Getting a Signed Product that was Certified by the Artist
When you buy directly from the artist, you know you’re paying for a high-quality product. My prints are printed on thick, heavy duty paper that’s signed and numbered by me and comes with a certificate of authenticity. When you buy a limited edition print, you’re truly paying for a unique product that you won’t find anywhere else. And if you ever decide to sell, you’ll have the signature and certificate to prove that you’re selling the real thing and not a fake or a cheap rip-off.
5. Pay for your photography fine art prints in Installments
When choosing to buy prints directly from me I offer a unique advantage in that you can pay for your print in instalments, rather than forking out the whole purchase prize at once. You can buy one of my prints by setting up an interest-free instalment plan. You’ll be able to order your print and enjoy it as soon as possible without waiting for a massive cash windfall.
Please contact me if you are interested in this option
When you order online, you also have the option of choosing from different sizes. Before you make a purchase, decide where you’re going to hang your print and see how much space on the wall you’ll need. You can choose a large piece if you want to make it the centerpiece of the wall, or a smaller print if you’d prefer to display it with other prints in your collection. Don’t be afraid to break out the measuring tape. You don’t want your print to arrive and suddenly realize that you don’t have enough space on the wall.
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Hell’s Valley, Jigokudani, Japan 2017
This image of the left hand of a Japanese Macaque, also known as Snow Monkey, is one of my most successful images to date. Category Winner in Travel Photographer of the Year 2017, exhibited in various locations around the world (Dubai, Portugal, London etc.) and a fine art print purchased by a Premier league player.
The Snow monkeys of Japan are very well known by wildlife photographers for various reasons. They are accessible, they are numerous and they are not afraid. Basically they are an easy target. The hard part of photographing them is to create something special or unique. THAT is the challenge of photographing a previously well covered subject.
Let me paint the picture for you. These Snow monkeys are found in a place where they are fed regularly to keep them coming back. It is relatively easy to access the area and for these reasons it can be somewhat crowded at times. The monkeys are well known worldwide due to the fact that they have learnt that bathing in the geothermal hot pools of the area has a number of benefits. An uncountable number of funny but also high quality images have emerged from this particular spot over the years.
I traveled to Jigokudani, Japan as a co-guide for Wild Nature Photo Adventures and we spent two days with the monkeys. As previously mentioned it is very easy to get good shots of the monkeys. They are close to you and they are easy to approach. They are completely wild animals but they are used to human presence due to a daily feeding programme.
The first day I found it hard to be creative and selective to be honest. The whole experience was a bit overwhelming. Monkeys everywhere! On the second day I felt more relaxed and “in the zone”.
You could easily fall into concentrating on portraits of these very cute animals or shoot the interesting interaction between the individuals. Just because it is so easy… After some time though, I got bored with these shots and my creative juices started flowing. As always, when you start experimenting and trying to be creative you get a very mixed bag of shots. Some are just silly and laughable whilst others turn out to be unique keepers. As with most things, the more you practice, the bigger the bag of keepers.
At one point, whilst trying to find a good spot amongst the visitors, an image idea materialised. If I compose the photo in a way that only one of the hands of the Snow monkey is in the frame, I will create an image of a scary or eerie nature. It would look like something is trying to climb up from below. Of course, this took some patience to find a monkey that was positioned in the right way with its hand in the right angle, the right light etc etc. But after some patience I got what I wanted and bagged one of those keepers. In this case it turned out to be a very successful image.
Prints for purchase of this image can be found here
Great News! One of my absolute favourite fine art wildlife images is a Winner of the Nature category in Malta International Photo Awards. Thousands of submissions from all over the world and this image from a special place in Africa is one of the winners. Contestants from over 90 countries took part.
If you follow my work on social media you know that this very same image together with one of my other black and white photography prints were awarded in another competition (International Photo Awards) not so long ago.
The image I’m talking about is my fine art photography prints of a Female Caracal from the Kalahari Desert somewhere on the border between South Africa and Botswana.
The Caracal is an elusive animal hard to capture on camera. Few people get to see it to start with, but if you are lucky it is very often seen in bushy or grassy habitats making it hard to photograph. After 4 long weeks in the desert and a few sightings of this lovely lady but no decent shots I went back for another 2 weeks the year after. On that trip and after a lot of perserverance I finally managed to capture this elusive Queen on photo. The Kalahari Queen…
Thanks to the judges of Malta International Photo Award for choosing my image as a winner and congratulations to all the other winners!
The Malta International Photography Award (MIPA) is a premier photo award that strives to share and promote the art and passion of photography at all levels from all across the world.
We aim to provide aspiring photographers from all around the globe with the chance to share their passion and world. We strive to connect the world through photography, and showcase the nature and cultures of different regions of the world to a global audience.
MIPA wants to provide international photographers with a deep insight into different approaches towards photography, and we hope to encourage people to push their personal and professional boundaries.
The ‘Malta’ element is an essential part of the conception of this international photo award. The country’s national language, Maltese, is rooted in Arabic but heavily influenced by Romance tongues. The modern people of Malta are descendent from countries in the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Northern European. The islands’ history dates as far back as 3500 BC, bestowing them with an enormous breadth of cultural and artistic heritage. The country is an emerging cosmopolitan home to an ever growing population of expats that have travelled from all over the world to live and work there.
As such, the Malta International Photo Award wants to adopt the Maltese outlook on life – we look outside of the confines of a small island to the rest of the world, and we welcome everyone to join in.
My image “Dalmatians on Ice” has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the 30th edition of the Spanish International Photo competition – Memorial Maria Luisa.
The “Memorial María Luisa International Mountain and Nature Photo Contest” is created as a means of remembering the mountaineer and nature lover who tragically died in a mountain accident on 18th November 1990.
A total of 15.000 images was submitted to the competition.
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