"Chicago River" Wood Print
"Chicago River" Wood Print
Original photographic art by Kent Drake.
All of these prints are straight photography. This 10 step printing process produces amazing details, rich colors and contrast. The absence of white ink allows the natural birch wood grain to fill the open space, literally making every print one of a kind, Simply wipe clean with a damp rag, and you are good to go! My friends over at Woodsnap in California, truly make an unparalleled print medium.
These pieces are a truly unique way to display art in your home or office, and comes ready to hang as you see it now. No frames, glass or matting need to display! Simply install the provided screws/anchors on your wall, and the precut grooves on the rear make it as simple as possible to slide onto the wall. If the wall isn’t your final destination, smaller prints also come with base blocks.
As a professional photographer in the service side of the industry, it is much less common these days for me to shoot fine art in the true sense of the term. My days, weeks and months are filled with image-making, but it was important to challenge myself this year to shoot a series intended for gallery display. I learned my craft not in the classroom but out on the streets with a camera. At the outset, photography was nothing more than a hobby, but after a few years of living and traveling through Asia, I trained my eye to always be looking for lines, color, contrast, shapes, faces and more. When I reflect now, I see that architecture was a big part of my early shooting process. It’s no surprise that I chose this subject for this show.
My approach to this series was to highlight the storied and iconic architecture of Chicago and accent it with the beautiful natural grain of the wood canvas. This literally makes every print unique to the next, as the tattooed ink only tells half of the story. I chose to shoot in both a broad and personal perspective, ranging from the iconic skyline, to the steelwork of our famous drawbridges and structures. With the rich contrast of the black & white prints complemented by the warm tone of the color images, there is a little something for everyone. Specifically, you will notice that several of the black & white prints are shot in a unique upward perspective. I considered this a mini-series within the series. The concept was to show the juxtaposition of some of our most recognizable buildings and their neighbors. Chicago would also not be what it is without its water system. Lake Michigan and the Chicago River play an integral part in our history, and we’ve done a beautiful job of building around it.
All of these prints are straight photography. Anything white in the images goes unprinted, allowing amazing details in the shadows, and highlights to give way to wood grain. It’s a truly unique way to display art in your home or office, and comes ready to hang, as you see it now. No frames, glass or matting need, just anchor into the wall and slide on.