Fish Factory and Photolab visit

I popped over to Falmouth Uni’s Photolab today to collect my test print.

I am perfectly happy with my choice of paper for my final show images. I have opted for the Premium Fine Art-Hahnemühle Photo Rag. It gives a beautiful soft texture feel, and kept the whites white while the colours resolved at a good depth (sounds a bit like a washing powder advert).

Below is a iPhone snap of the test image – in bright sunlight (top) and in shade.


I must give a nod to Geoff, the lab technician, who has been a great help. All I need to do now is make my final image choice and get the prints ordered. With a 48-hour turnaround, it’s a pretty good option; I just need to make sure I can collect between 9am and 4.30pm.

I then called in to the Fish Factory, Penryn. This is the arts venue where I will be having my second exhibition from July 26.

The wall space is 12ft beside the back door (see image where door is slightly ajar) and then 20ft on the long wall. This can be supplemented with extra boards or by using the extra bit of wall beside the bar (8ft) and the lift grill (approx 6ft).

I am aiming to show up to a max. of six A1 prints of my non-fixed lumen prints, possibly with the original prints (covered) or mixed with smaller hand-printed original cyanotypes.

There will be ample space to create my deckchair seating area, although this is still a consideration at this point and I have not made my final decision on this as yet.

With both spaces, I am free to place my work as I wish within its confines. Both venues (the other being Mount Pleasant Eco-Park) are happy to create a layout in the space that shows the work to its best advantage.

Both areas have cafe/bar sections and seating, which can be manoeuvred for the duration of the show so that it enhances the work rather than distracts from it.

Each venue also has its own client demographic. At the Eco-Park, visitors tend to be those with an interest in environmental issues, while at the Fish Factory its attracts an eclectic mix with an interest in art. This will help me to share my work with a varied audience from both an environmental and artistic perspective. It will also be great to meld the two.

Along with a promotional plan, I am now fine-tuning my invite list. I aim to give an artist talk at both evening private views. However, the Fish Factory viewing will be open to all as well as those I invite, while the Eco-Park event is probably going to be invite-only.

Things are finally starting to feel more under control and achievable in the remaining timescale.