Clay Harris, Image Artist

 

What are the images that I’m looking at?  How do you create these images?
I’ve heard these question many times.  I know in these times of computer digital imaging, the results can be confusing!  Generally, what you see from me is a composite digital image made up of multiple images that have been artistically manipulated to create an image that I have visualized. These images then become 
images that tell a story that the viewer may recognize.  Like any artist, I’ve worked on an image for weeks and never generated the image that I thought would come from my efforts.  Sometimes, I’m surprised by the results and a truly unique image will emerge!  

 

Large images are generally printed to be viewed at a distance.  In fact, the closer you view most large images the less focused they are. This I refer to as pixel dilation.  The composite images that I produce do not suffer this fate due to the fact that I import many images into my composites and it creates a very large pixel image file.  My composite images can be enjoyed from afar and also viewed up close.  Some of my composite images have what I call little jewels within the image. They can only be seen and recognized from an up close inspection.

 

All my printed images have a special treatment so that they do not require sequestering behind glass. The non-aluminum images are printed on heavy archival paper such as water color 100% cotton rag paper. The image is then sealed with an acid-free/archival-safe protectant.  It is moisture-resistant and has UV protection agents to resist fading.  It is mounted on an underlayment with photo safe spray adhesive.  This process will give you a lifetime of beauty without glass. This allows the viewer to fully enjoy the image as it was intended.  You treat these images as you would a painting and simply use a dry cloth to clean.

 

My aluminum images are a result of a process called dye sublimation which heats my image into the surface of the aluminum.  It creates an HD image that in today’s vernacular “pops”.  This process also includes UV blockers and these images generally are not framed but mounted by narrow blocks attached to the back.

 

Clay Harris

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Clay Harris, Image Artist