To John, Art was another customer of his. To us, he’d been a source of inspiration for decades.
After getting over myself, it finally sunk in.
Two weeks before the conference, and I had to perfect our dye sublimation printing process for making metal prints. And damn quick. Up until only a few days prior to this big request, we were still on edge a little, having had some troubles with large metal prints – those over 16×20 or so.
Of course, John wanted us to press Art Wolfe‘s images at the largest our press could go, which is 30×40.
We got an opportunity that we honestly couldn’t believe.
A few months ago, John Harrington from JVH Technical, our favorite local distributor for printers, paper and inks for our business, called us up with a request.
We’d recently purchased quite a load of new tech from John – an Epson dye sublimation printer, and two GeoKnight heat presses, including the monster 32×42″ capacity MaxiPress Air, which weighed so much we couldn’t get it into the elevator to our studio, so we had to put it in Nancy’s shop at home (not to mention the 220V electrical it needed to be hard-wired to, which was a no-no at Bayview Corner where the studio resides).
It was all in effort to bring Metal Prints to the masses…or at least to our region, since there were very few studios around capable of doing so. And we had clients to please! Photographers had been asking for a while if we could do it, and we always had to send the work out of state to get it done. Not good for business!