Filed Under: Reality only wishes it could look this good.
Overview: Large format, limited-edition photography of landmarks, landscapes, skylines, and still life created from start to finish using techniques that maximize sharpness, detail, and light. The result: brilliant artwork for your wall (a large wall) that will command the kind of admiring awe and attention ordinarily reserved for live sunsets, newborn babies, and game-winning grand slams
Appreciate: How these photos appear backlit, but in truth, there are no lights back there. Light is essential to the effect, certainly, but it's sourced from the front, just as it is for any other art. The backlit effect is the result of the talent of photographer Phil Crawshay, overall, combined with the physical materials he uses to display his work. The first step in creating images with this kind of detail is shooting them in "large format". This means that they are intended to be big from the start, which avoids having to enlarge a smaller photo into a big one (which in turn, reduces image quality). Another essential step is printing the photo on highly reflective "metallic" paper, followed by face-mounting it to a polycarbonate plexi-glass like cover that maximizes light penetration and refraction. This mounting is sometimes referred to as a Diasec-mount, which is a patented process designed to achieve the glossy and and bright effects you see in Crawshay's photography. No matter what you call it, anyone viewing the results of this mounting method will know instantly that they're seeing photography displayed in a way they have likely never seen before
Know: Photos of the photos (like the photo of "Man Cave", above) do not do them justice. If you visit Austin, you should try to see these large photos (large, as in, 30"x90" for cityscapes, for example ) in person to appreciate their detail and brilliance. Crawshay has two galleries, one at The Four Seasons Hotel, and a new one located in the fun-to-visit restaurant and retail complex of The Oasis, overlooking Lake Travis. When you visit, your first thought will be: How do I recreate the gallery lighting in my own home? Lighting is certainly key to realizing these photos' full potential, and the Phil Crawshay Gallery will walk you through the equipment you'll need (essentially, two standard hallogen spots) to make your own little Crawshay gallery back home. And as with any art, you also want the perfect frame; the Crawshay Gallery will also help you match your limited-edition photos to beautiful frames in pewter, stainless steel, gold, black, and other photo enhancing finishes
Special Comments: Phil Crawshay is a U.S. citizen, but he spent most of his life living in Britain before moving to Austin in 2006. In Texas, folks have a saying: "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could." Phil got here as fast as he could, and Texas is happy to claim him, no matter how long it took
Cost: Prices vary based on size and edition (all are limited-edition); contact the Crawshay Gallery directly for details
See Phil Crawshay's brilliant landmarks, landscapes, skylines, and still life: Here.