Aluminum illumination

As far as my art prints go, my printer of choice is McGreevy Pro Lab in downtown Albany.  They can print my photos into stunning artworks, and I can get my works in a variety of formats – glossy print, matte print, gicleé print…

But they’re not able to print my artworks on metal.

It’s okay.  I can’t expect McGreevy Pro Lab to do EVERYTHING I ask them to do.  So …

I saw an advertisement on my Facebook feed.  I saw several different testimonials from satisfied customers.  A printing studio in Anaheim, Artbeat Studios, offers what they call “HD Metal” prints, applying photographers’ outputs onto aluminum substrates.

And the testimonials?  Everybody seemed to love the product.

Okay … I’m thinking, maybe this will work for me.  Perhaps I can put this together as part of an art project.  Perhaps it would work in Competition Season.  Or, should I get involved in another art show, it would be nice to have a print that really looks like it belongs in a high-end art gallery.

I went through my various photos … and … hmm … what would Infrared Horizon 787 look like on an aluminum print?

I filled out the information for Artbeat Studios.  I needed this print to be 24″ x 24″ in size, with a wire hanger in the back and some spacings between the print and the wall.  Paid the product cost (there was a 20% off sale), and waited.

And yesterday, I received a big wooden crate in the mail.

Seriously.  This thing was bolted in like it was carrying the Ark of the Covenant.  This thing was packed like it was a shipment of eggs on a cross-country “no scramble” trip.

I cracked open the case, and … lo and behold …

Infrared Horizon 787 looks pretty damn swank.

Wanna see?

Sure you do.

Some dude carrying the print Infrared Horizon 787.

I must tell you, Artbeat Studios did a helluva job with this.  It looks awesome.  And I can’t wait to enter it in competition at …

At …

Well …

Hmm. …

I’ll have to see WHERE I can enter this bad boy.

I think there might be one competition that would accept this print…

This is a nice option.

And you know me … it’s nice to have options available.