This was a very difficult photograph to achieve. I had shot fireworks displays before and had always been disappointed with the results. Film simply doesn´t have the same ability as the human eye to register light and shadow. It was New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour and I wanted to capture the brilliance of the fireworks without losing the detail of the setting. I perched myself atop The Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney and, with my camera mounted on a very sturdy tripod, photographed the scene at twilight to register maximum detail in the buildings. I planned to shoot it again at 9pm when, by double exposure, I would do a shot with the fireworks. In the meantime it was critical to keep the camera in exactly the same position to avoid ghosting in the buildings from inexact registration. Soon after I took that first shot, huge winds developed and the 9pm fireworks display was cancelled due to the potential danger. I spent hours standing on that rooftop in the buffeting wind, keeping holding my tripod firmly planted so the camera would not move and hoping that the midnight fireworks would proceed as planned. To my relief, the midnight fireworks did go up, exploding in a kaleidoscope of colour, and I was able to expose individual bursts of fireworks to overlay on my original exposure.
How is your Artwork Produced?
Attention to detail and quality of workmanship is what makes a Ken Duncan Artwork truly special. Your Ken Duncan Print will be created using the finest archival materials and processes to ensure the integrity of your artwork for generations to come. It will be printed on Hahnemuhle 100% Cotton Rag using Epson Ultrachrome inks for maximum stability, then digitally signed and numbered. (If you order a 40” size or larger, your print will be hand-signed by Ken.) Your Artwork will then be sprayed 3 times with Hahnemuhle UV matt varnish to maintain the surface integrity and protect against fading.
How is your Artwork Framed?
Your Ken Duncan Print will be expertly framed with your choice of sustainable timber frame. Then it will be finished with lightweight, optically clear, museum grade acrylic which offers 95% protection against UV rays. It will undergo one final inspection, before being securely packed for shipping. If your print is not being framed, it will be carefully rolled with cotton interleave and placed into a cylinder for delivery.
How do your care for your Artwork?
You should gently dust the frame and the acrylic face of your print on a regular basis (we suggest weekly) with a clean microfiber cleaning cloth. Avoid using glass cleaners or other liquids. If there are any marks on the outside surface of the acrylic, just dampen one corner of the microfiber cloth slightly and rub very gently until the mark disappears. We recommend the use of a Ken Duncan cleaning cloth which will keep all your glass and acrylic surfaces dust and static free.
How will you hang your Artwork?
So you get the most out of all your artworks, we recommend you install hanging track in your home. This is the most convenient and reliable hanging solution for all your artworks and allows you the flexibility of moving artworks around to different spots in your home. And the hanging solution we recommend is the Artiteq System.
Each Ken Duncan Artwork is fitted with two D-rings on the back of the frame. With the easy to install Artiteq system, you won’t ever have to worry about drilling horrible holes in your wall or trying to get your artworks level. You can read more about the Artiteq System right here.
How will you light your Artwork?
While a Ken Duncan Print will look spectacular in any setting, we do recommend you invest in a lighting solution so you can see it at its absolute best. Our friends at 3S Lighting have worked with us to provide a fabulous domestic lighting system that is light and affordable and will allow your artwork to really shine.
For further information - everything you need to know about Ken Duncan artworks, but didn’t know who to ask - click here. Or simply call our gallery on +61 2 4367 6701 between 10am and 5pm (AEST) and one of our professional consultants will assist you.
After printing and framing, your Ken Duncan Artwork will undergo a final quality assurance inspection. Then it will be expertly packaged to suit the freight method you have chosen. Your Artwork will be delivered right to your door and will be fully insured along the way. In the unlikely event of damage in transit, we will have the damaged print collected from you and replaced with a perfect one – at no additional charge to you.
The price of your Artwork includes delivery within Australia or delivery overseas for unframed prints. If you require a framed print to be delivered overseas, there will be an additional charge for freight. If you would prefer to have your print delivered unframed, we will include detailed instructions for your framer.
If you order 18”, 24” or 30” size prints, they will generally be despatched within 14 days after you place your order. If there is going to be a delay, we will contact you. If you order a 40” size or larger, despatch of your artwork will usually take up to 4 weeks from the time you place your order. Sometimes additional delays can occur as we work around Ken’s travel schedule. If you place your order online, a Gallery consultant will contact you to confirm your order and advise the anticipated delivery date.
For further information - everything you need to know about Ken Duncan artwork, but didn’t know who to ask - click here. Or simply call our gallery on +61 2 4367 6701 between 10am and 5pm (AEST) and one of our professional consultants will assist you.
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