With digital photography opening up a creative sphere once limited to those with the specialist equipment and know-how, nowadays almost anybody can become an artist. Even the most basic digital cameras currently available are rarely less than 10 megapixels and take photos to such a high resolution that they can provide a clear image when reproduced on a 16 x 20 inch print. Those willing to invest a little more in their photography apparatus can buy cameras which allow them to print perfect images onto epic 50 x 70 inch canvas backdrops.
An increasingly popular medium for photographic prints, canvas is now widely used for producing quality and authentic looking artwork. By printing photos to canvas, anybody can create the timeless effect of an oil painting without any of the mess and in a much shorter time. Digital photography allows us to remove blemishes and red eye prior to printing and those who are familiar with photo enhancement software can improve the quality and upscale the image to a larger print format with none of the pixelation usually associated with enlargement. Special effects are easy to apply, including colour enhancing or a transformation to monochrome, sepia or the poster/ pop art effect which is back in fashion. The canvas itself then provides a distinctive texture which draws the eye and gives the photo a unique depth.
Canvas photo prints have several other advantages over standard paper prints. Firstly, the quality of the image is sustained for much longer (current predictions at a hundred years) since it does not fade and is not susceptible to smears created by oily fingers. Secondly, large scale prints can be put on canvas and make a thoroughly effective wall hanging for spacious rooms and offices. There is also the added option to reproduce a mounted photograph without a frame by stretching canvas over a wooden structure. This looks modern and is ideal for landscape shots where the edge of the scene is indefinite.
People may try and debate whether or not photographs printed onto canvas can really count as art, but surely there is no question that an image intentionally created in an original form and used for visual effect and appreciation is just that, art.
Article by Emily Banham
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