New Collections and Image Archives for 2015
The digital collection at RWCS dates back to 2001 and the old Film stock wanders back to 1976 : So now it transpires that many of these photographs and digital images are a great archival source of Screen print re-work and a very interesting source of unique /intruiging patterns shapes and textures.
So as these two, new for 2015, collections are published, they will continue to grow from us sifting thru' and reproducing those photographs we think merit publication, and then we'll keep all informed as the work progresses.
First up : Screen Print Collection http://www.rwcs-photographics.com/rwcsscreenprint
These are a series of new " screen print styles" images ready for wide format printing, each available to order and browse on the RWCS website each one has a different screen process applied, each being dependent on the image and then collectively will form an eclectic mix of images for our customers to browse and view.
See below as an example of the changes to a SCREEN PRINT : Whitstable Harbour
Second up : Texture , Pattern and Surface Collection http://www.rwcs-photographics.com/texture_pattern_swatch
These are a series of "Image Swatches " as a series of random texture/ pattern all in in square proportion, each viewable to browse again on on the RWCS website, each one is an abstracted high resolution digital image , as an eclectic source of images for our customers to browse and view and buy / download.
See below as an example of the changes to a TEXTURE : SURFACE : PATTERN SWATCH :
Jim Vision and Dr Zadok’s painted memorials to the fantasy author, who sadly passed away last month have now appeared in Bristol and London, featuring some of his most beloved characters. One of the artworks is located on Code Street in London's East End, near to where Brick Lane meets Sclater Street, and features both the author and characters from his Discworld series of novels. Making sure Pratchett’s legacy lives on, the colourful street art features the author’s face surrounded by the wacky characters from his Discworld series.
Our most recent archival work now includes these new DISCWORLD GRAFFITI tributes to TERRY PRATCHET 2015 in at the end of Code Street with a Massive panoramic shot of the whole art piece.
Brick Lane and Sclater Street are just two of the key places to see good street art in the city of London .
Any visitor to the city wanting to find a high quality selection of street art need look no further than Spitalfields in and around the Brick Lane area. Street Crews and Artists from all over the world and the UK come here to paint, safe in the knowledge that they will get an appreciative audience and a wide appeal.
LAMBS : Locals Against Mayfields' Building Sprawl
Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl is an action group that has been formed from residents who live and work in the Wineham and Sayers Common area which is being pushed by Mayfield Market Towns Limited (Mayfield) as being suitable for a new town incorporating 10,000 new houses. We all strongly believe that the area is completely unsuitable for the proposed development, and are promoting this view to all local residents and the wider community.Mayfields’ new town “not required” says Government Inspector examining Horsham’s District Plan has said that Mayfield Market Towns is “not required” and he has directed the Council to concentrate on other sites.
Just before Christmas of last year Rob Wilson of RWCS met with the local group who are actively fighting this rapacious development in our area : Namely Mayfields : Such is the threat of 10,000 .... yes 10,000 houses ... being touted by American funded property developers. To that end that all the local photographic stock which I have, now can be used support this local action group and is now available to them under "free to use" license terms: The thought of this needless and totally brazen attempt to ignore local planning needs is being fought on all fronts : we are doing our bit to support Lambs and to protect our local rural landscape.
The RWCS " On the Bridge " project from 3 years ago is right in the middle of this contested location so all of that work is being used for the report and for the Christmas Greetings Message to supporters
The LAMBS annual report also now features a number of these : see links to report here http://lambs.org.uk/stem/wp-content/uploads/LAMBS-Review-1.pdf
On the bridge
A little bit of cheer in darkest January : We had a lovely letter and print plaque from St Barnabas Hospice
Neil Francis the Community Fundraising Manager sent me the good news this week
And we got £1600+ for this years versions with the Jim Clark / John Surtees / Graham Hill ones raising a large chunk of donations
For 2015 we'll add some more to the RWCS Photographs for Charity so we can again help the hospice
Rob and the Team
URBEX : Urban exploration is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. " Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time "
Over the last year RWCS Photographics have been collaborating with a local URBEX photographer J**** X who had struggled to get proper and professional prints made of his URBEX work. So over the last year some 45 + prints all mounted using the RWCS print block format have been carefully produced and now form JX's private collection hung on the walls of his house in Sussex
Urban decay photography is the form of photography that deals with the techniques of taking pictures of deserted buildings. Although the buildings have been abandoned for more than a few years or more, the expert photographers make them look absolutely stunning. After all, the magic of great photography is to make an ordinary building come to life and to expose its hidden beauty and its unique interesting qualities.
Left long enough to the will of nature, most man-made environments will eventually fall into disrepair. For an urban decay photographer there is a wealth of interest - and even beauty - to be found in the different ways these decrepit structures take on lives of their own.
It's essentially the art of capturing beautiful photographs of a subject that is inherently not beautiful, and - for those of us who live near a urban environment - it can be an easy form of photography to explore.
Our own URBEX photographics work is also based on my long time historical industrial / rural decay work : you can see and find here
Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites. It may also be referred to as draining (exploring drains), urban spelunking, urban rock climbing, urban caving, or building hacking.
The nature of this activity presents various risks, including both physical danger and the possibility of arrest and punishment.
The Big Bike Picture Story
Well at RWCS we have been cracking on with the big format prints this year, first with gigantic aerial photograph wallpapers , see our blog re Helifly http://www.rwcs-photographics.com/blog/2014/3/the-big-picture-at-helifly-office-shoreham-airport > and now with the biggest KTM motorcycle picture yet.
This one is a specially commissioned graphic piece for Stephen Surrey, motorcycle enthusiast & local entrepreneur of Haven Motors. It's a full color 10 feet by 8 feet print of SS riding his beloved KTM RC8 at a motorcycle track day in Italy. This impressive print is in fact a series of sequential prints as hung banners, custom wall mounted at Haven Motors Plummer’s Plain , < at Stephen’s Motor Car dealership http://www.havenmotors.co.uk >. Stephen commented, “ I’m really delighted at the impact of the banner print : its visually outstanding and certainly gets our customers talking, it’s a first class and innovative creative effort from RWCS, I am well pleased “
So if you fancy a big print of your favourite car or motorcycle , give us a call and we can see what we can create next!
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The "Big Picture" at Helifly Office Shoreham Airport
Our biggest print to date for John Davies @ Helifly measures 16 feet x 6 feet .
It features one our shots, taken on a photoshoot commissioned by Helifly
http://www.helifly.co.uk from the helicopter back in December, on a cold winters
day when it wasn't raining! Yes I was shooting with rear door off and hanging out of the 'copter with the safety harness on.
The print is on special photoTex self adhesive vinyl print paper especially purchased for the wall at the airport office : eight 600 mm width lengths each as individual 2' x 6' 6" rolls were run out of our wide format Epson printer . They took all day to print as full Adobe RGB high color prints and the result on the wall is fantastic.
Now ... Is this the biggest print of "Brighton Sea Front" we ask ?
If you'd like to know more then give us a call and we can create the big picture for your office wall as well
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