Today I’m pleased to announce both the next evolution for this site and my work personally: mingthein.gallery!
Here’s how it’ll work: mingthein.gallery itself will be fairly text-light; after all, it’s about the images. From now on, curated long term projects – Verticality being the first – will reside in individual pages on that site, with regular updates as I produce new images. Once a project is complete, the set will be offered for sale in my usual choice of formats and limited runs. The normal photoessays and posts will continue on this site.
However, what I plan to do is post a new curated image every week or so, with a running theme for a few months. Each image will be available to buy as a limited edition print, until the edition is complete. After that, the images will not be offered for sale in that size or format again. I have decided to set the edition number – for now – at 20. Prices for existing sizes will remain the same as for previous editions, inclusive of DHL Express shipping anywhere in the world*, with new sizes offered (16×20″ Ultraprints, from the 645Z) where applicable. The site will launch with the five images in this post – I suppose it’s fair enough to have a bonanza at the start – with subsequent images to follow. You will also be able to request a print – if there’s a particular image you like from my flickr stream or this site in a previous post, so long as the image quality meets my print standards and it isn’t subject to an existing edition or license, it’s fair game. You might well land up being the owner of a unique print. As you might have guessed, I’ve chosen to start with some new landscape experiments from my recent trip to New Zealand.
*We reserve the right to adjust pricing to reflect prevailing shipping rates
As usual, prints will be made by print master Wesley Wong of Giclee Art in Kuala Lumpur (who’s overseen all of my previous editions), QC’d personally by me, signed individually, and shipped via DHL Express. Shipping is included in the price, of course. The paper choice for the majority of these images will be Canson Infinity Platin Fiber Rag baryta; for some subjects/ sizes we may choose to go to a matte art paper if it better suits the image.
This will not be fine art printing or photography in the conventional sense. I’ve decided that market makes very little sense for me, because it is completely at odds with the way I see and work. I don’t shoot people any more, because I choose not to. I like the challenge of achieving balanced aesthetics and technical perfection at the same time. I know from experience that there will be a range of reactions from people from love to hate; I’d be far more concerned about no reaction at all 🙂 The images are not for everybody, but I was told by a couple of people who’ve seen them that these are photographer’s prints – and I think that’s a very apt way of justifying them. If you’ve viewed an Ultraprint in person, you’ll know just how immersive an experience it is.
Let’s talk about the images.
This is the showpiece for the launch, which will be offered as the largest Ultraprint yet: 40×15″ image area. We’re still experimenting with the paper type to manage reflections and improve the viewing experience – but so far, it’s like having your own personal slice of forest at home.
Forest III, Shotover Gorge, Queenstown, New Zealand. Nikon D810 and an 8-image stitch. Click here for a 100% crop to get an idea of just how much detail is in this print.
You can order Forest III ($1200) as a 40×15″ (~101x38cm) Ultraprint here; limited edition of 10
Tree and River.
We spend so much time looking for shadows and light that sometimes I think it’s interesting to present a three dimensional world as a two dimensional one for that precise reason; there are enough visual cues for texture, but not so many as to destroy that illusion. It’s one of my favourite images from this trip because of the balanced minimalism and abstraction that appears almost manmade, despite being 100% natural. Note: the river was actually that color due to it being glacial meltwater containing various alluvial deposits. On the actual image you can see the near shore is actually extremely clear.
Tree and River, outside Frankton, New Zealand. Nikon D810
You can order Tree and River ($330) as a 10×15″ (~25x38cm) Ultraprint here; limited edition of 20
Alpenforest in Winter
This is the first of three images that were shot in the same river delta just outside Arrowtown, New Zealand. I spent the whole afternoon here watching the light change and the various portions of the mountainside and alpine forest change as they moved in and out of the light; colors got richer as the sun went down, then ended in an interestingly muted twilight that made everything just feel…soft, for want of a better word. I believe this image, of the dozens I captured, is the most accurate representation of that.
Alpenforest in Winter, Arrowtown, New Zealand. Pentax 645Z
You can order Alpenforest in Winter ($500) as a 16×20″ (~41x51cm) Ultraprint here ; limited edition of 20
There were some small cascades in the river – but they weren’t as interesting (personally) as the cascades formed by the winter leaves/buds/tips (I admit, I’m no botanist) of the trees. The reddish ends formed a very delicate waterfall of color, which here, leads down to a stony bank by the water. I waited some time to make this image: it would only work when the light just hit the tree and not the side of the mountain behind; for a couple of minutes I got what I needed.
Cascade, Arrowtown, New Zealand. Pentax 645Z
You can order Cascade ($500) as a 16×20″ (~41x51cm) Ultraprint here; limited edition of 20
The final image is one for the monochrome aficionados – the curve of mountain, flowing river and tree to the nexus of the dead and sun-bleached log at the centre I’m sure contains a metaphor for life somewhere – personally, I just find the tonality and structure very appealing.
Spiral, Arrowtown, New Zealand. Pentax 645Z
You can order Spiral ($500) as a 16×20″ (~41x51cm) Ultraprint here; limited edition of 20
Testimonials from previous Ultraprint customers can be found here.
Once again, thank you for your support, and don’t forget to bookmark the new site! MT
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