Thursday, June 28, 2012

Invitation Image as a Poster

The first show poster used a misty monastery courtyard as a background. This image is perhaps more of signature image for this show.

Link Center Poster for Show

I wanted to provide an easy way to use the Scanlife logos to access key links -- the audio tour, to purchase the catalog (or look at it), and to this blog.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Audio Tour Menu

This can double for the Audio Tour Menu. It's linked, so you can try it out. It may look different depending on the device you are using to browse it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Audio Touring with your iPhone

Rather than to try to associate individual sound files with a bulleted list, I think a better way is to link to the the list of files on Audioboo. They've made is pretty easy...

There you see a list (most recent at the top) of audio entries about the show. If I use the Scanlife logo to connect to the above URL, then the list of audio tour files is pretty readily seen. In fact, it looks better on an iPhone than on the PC. So I'll take the next step, create a logo, then place that on a poster with instructions near the beginning of the show. The result will hopefully be an economical audio tour on smartphones.

Maybe to liven things up...

Experimenting with Audio Touring...

There are a variety of guide-by-cell-phone services that are available, but most charge at a rate that you would expect. I've been wondering whether one could replicate a cell-phone-like service at a temporary exhibition. Partly the issue how much time do you want to spend dialing, entering item numbers, etc. One good way to do it would be to put a scanlife logo on each label. Voila! anyone with an iPhone could go directly to a sound file featuring that item. But multiple logos means a monthly service cost to support multiple logos. But apps like Audioboo might be just the ticket.

It's possible to record a short sound file for each gallery item of interest. That tiny URL might be a part of a bulleted list on this blog. A logo would direct the iPhone user to that specific blog page. The user could then tap items in the list and listen to the accompanying audio. One could make the bulletted hyperlink entries quite large so that it would be easy to see and tap them. An example follows (though not large).

The first link works but it is a pure sound link, so the screen does not show a picture but only the "player" screen. It would be nice to have a picture and the sound playing together as in my Audioboo dashboard. Well, almost. The link shows the PC version, not the iPhone version. More choices to make, but not impossible. You could have a list of titles to tap. I wonder if you can reorder the list. Stay tuned.

Invitation: Contemplative Spaces

You are cordially invited to the opening of my new show July 6 of Palladium and Ultrachrome prints at the Packing House in Claremont, California. The Title (and theme) of the show is Contemplative Spaces. It includes recent color prints from Tibetan areas of China as well as black-and-white Palladium prints that have not been shown before and also 3D anaglyph images printed on paper and fabric.

The show starts on Claremont's "First Friday" Art Walk in July and runs for the month of July. It is located in the Packing House on 1st Street in West Claremont. Come anytime after 6:00 pm on that Friday. Pilates Studio M will host an aerial show at 7:30. If you have enjoyed performances on the "silks" at Cirque du Soleil, you will enjoy this half-hour performance.

There is a catalog available at the show and on Blurb which features an iPad/iPhone eBook version. The prints on display are available for purchase, as are full-sized and letter sized unframed versions of both . The gallery hours during the week are in the afternoon. The show will be up through July.

Jim Manley

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Show Poster

Using the SCANLIFE Link Logo

I've been intrigued with the SCANLIFE iPhone and iPad linker since I first saw it in use in New York last October in the vicinity of Ground Zero. The beauty of the logo is that it can be scanned with the Scanlife iPhone or iPad app and it will take you to a URL address. No need to try to type in a long URL. The URL can provide more information about the site. This is a natural for outside museum displays; also, for in-museum displays. The number of links you can use for free, however, is limited to three.

I've included this logo on a poster at the show. The associated link takes you to the Blurb purchase page for the show catalog.
What is especially cool, I think, is that you can elect to purchase the eBook version and immediately download it to your iPhone or iPad and open it in iBooks. Right on the spot! The logo works onscreen as well. Try it and see. No obligation.

If you are viewing this post with an iPhone or iPad and don't have the Scanlife app, go directly to, download and install it. Then scan the logo above with it.

Also included in the lower right corner next to my name is a second Scanlife logo. This one takes you to this Blog.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Printing on Fine Art Papers II

Canson has produced a variety fine papers for modern printing. Most of the following have had a long history before the ink-jet printer, including the Arches Platine Fiber Rag which existed in the time of Leonardo de Vinci. I use it now as the best medium for my palladium prints. It is available from Daniel Smith. Many use it for watercolor, for example. But what is interesting about Canson's Arches Platine Rag is that it is coated in such as way as to optimize printing on it by printers like my Epson 4900. The colors come out looking wonderful.

Canson (and other manufacturers) provide printer-specific color management profiles. This ensures a very good result, often an astonishing result.

The 8.5x11 unframed prints available at the Packing House show are each printed on one of these famous papers.

  • B F K Rives 310gsm: 100% rag, Mould-Made, smooth, pure white paper, without OBAs

  • Arches Velin Museum Rag 250gsm: 100% rag, Mould-Made, smooth, pure white paper, without OBAs
  • Edition Etching Rag 310gsm: 100% rag, smooth, ultra white paper, without OBAs
  • Rag Photographique 210gsm: 100% rag – ultra smooth, ultra white paper, without OBAs
  • Rag Photographique 310gsm: 100% rag – ultra smooth, ultra white paper, without OBAs
  • Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm: 100% - aesthetic and feel of the original F-Type Baryta Fibre paper - Pure white without optical brightening agents to ensure consistency of shades for generations
  • Baryta Phogoraphique 310gsm: True Baryta Paper developed for inkjet technology - offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta print
  • PhotoGloss Premium RC 270gsm: Alpha cellulose RC ultra white paper with a glossy aspect
  • PhotoSatin Premium RC 270gsm: Alpha cellulose RC coated ultra white paper with a satin finish

  • Arches Aquarelle 240gsm: 100% rag, Mould-Made, smooth, pure white paper, without OBAs
  • Montval Aquarelle 310gsm: textured, natural white paper, without OBAs
  • Mi Teintes 170gsm: textured, honeycomb structure, natural white, without OBAs

Printing on Fine Art Papers

I'm enjoying exploring the subtle differences among fine art papers prepared for Ultrachrome printing via an *.icc or *.icm profile. Here is the first set:

Museo, Museo II, Max 250, Portfolio Rag, Textured Rag, Silver Rag, Epson Premium Enhanced Matte, Velvet, Franklin Fine Art, Moab (Colorado Fiber Satine, Entrada Rag Natural 190), Moab Somerset En Velvet, Schoellershammer (Linen 225, Velvet 225).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Contemplative Spaces: Common Threads

What do the remote Tibetan-style monasteries in China, a creek in the Angeles National forest in California, a church in the Cotswolds in England have in common? They are all contemplative spaces. This show draws together such spaces across different print media, such as Palladium, Ultrachrome, and printing on fabric. It also draws together several display-threads.

Several palladium prints are being shown for the first time. This 130-year old process is demanding in the creation of a digital negative for the contact print and for the rigors of the palladium process itself.

The second involves making color prints using Epson's Ultrachrome pigments and Enhanced Matt paper. This is also a process which produces fine, archival prints. I've focused in this show on 16 x 20" prints matted and mounted in 20 x 24" frames. But I have also included several "banner scrolls" printed on fabric which have been shown at the Downtown Center in Pomona earlier in the decade. The technique of printing on fabric was pioneered by our local BMT studio and is an industrial technique which I adapted for art prints.

The third involves 3D prints using the "red/cyan" glasses (anaglyph) technique using a single camera by shooting a "right eye" and then a "left eye" view and adjusting the overlay of red and cyan images. Three of the 16 x 20" prints and two of the banner scrolls are 3D anaglyphs. 3D glasses will be available at the show.

A majority of the prints are based on photos I took in western China from Dunhuang along the early Silk Route and in Gansu and nearby provinces where Tibetan culture still flourishes, providing a variety of contemplative spaces.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Catalog for Packing House Claremont Show now Available

A catalog of the key pieces in the show is now available via Blurb. It's possible to preview a good part of the catalog before the show and buy a hardcover or softcover version in time to bring to the show. Better yet, it looks great on an iPad and only costs $4.99!