As the Artist Reception is drawing near (tomorrow, next to the Panama Hotel), it is time to announce the last round of prizes! We would like to thank Glazer’s Camera, MoonPhoto, and Omega Photo Specialists for providing us with the People’s Pick award, which will be decided upon by reception attendees. Voting begins when doors open at 6pm and closes at 7pm. The People’s Pick award will be announced at 7:15 along with the category winners. Find out more about the Artist Reception at our Facebook event.
The prizes up for grabs include a Laptop Case (valued $30), a Rental Gift Card (valued $25), a T-shirt (valued $10), and a lens cloth (valued $5) from Glazer’s Camera; a 16×24 print on archival paper (valued $55) from MoonPhoto; and a Vanguard Camera Bag (valued $75) from Omega Photo Specialists.
Celebrating photography since 1935, Glazer’s Camera is your source for all things photographic – from cameras and accessories to lighting and grip. They offer all sorts of equipment for photo, video and lighting, as well as classes, like “Lighting for HD SLR Video”. Glazer’s Camera is the perfect stop if you’re looking for used gear or rentals. Check out their main store at 430 8th Ave N in South Lake Union and online.
MoonPhoto started out doing black-and-white prints over 34 years ago and their quality work has allowed them to expand to scanning, retouching, and color printing. However, they still specialize in black and white photo printing – doing it by hand – on fiber and resin. They believe that traditional black and white film photography is special and worthy of preserving; they also offer photo restorations and printing on archival printing among their many other services. Check out their website for more info about their history and services!
Last, but not least, we have Omega Photo Specialists, a local photo equipment retailer and full service photo lab that has been in business for almost 50 years. They pride themselves on “providing quality merchandise and outstanding customer service,” offering a wide selection of photography equipment and accessories, a full service customer processing lab, and even courses and workshops. From cameras for sale to camera repair, photo restoration to passport photos, simple prints to video transfer, Omega Photo could easily become your one-stop shop! Begin browsing their selections on their website to see what they can do for you!
Our prize highlight this week is two $100 gift certificates for Color One Photo Lab! Color One is an independently-owned specializer in large format photo printing, providing their services to Seattle’s landmark institutions, from sports teams to museums, restaurants, art galleries, and more, for over 40 years. Today their services are wide and varied, as explained by owner Carl Cooper:
“We specialize in large format photo prints. We can print, mount, and laminate, your images to gator-board, foam-boards, sintra, acrylic, and dibond. In addition to our popular matte photo prints, we offer glossy and pearl papers along with Duratrans film for backlit displays. We also print banners, window clings, large format adhesive vinyl decals, trade-show booth graphics, and more. We offer scanning, image capture, and art reproduction services as well as giclée printing on canvas and fine art papers. Color One has just added an order entry app to accommodate prints as small as 4×6 inches and enlargements up to 4×10 feet, mounted and laminated. Photo packages and personalized photo cards are also available through the new order entry system which you can download from the color1photo website.”
Color One Photo was established in 1969 by Jerry Cooper and the company has been on a continued journey of growing and expanding their functions and capabilities. Jerry started out his photo lab experience at the Boeing Photo Lab in the ’60s and started Color One Photo by specializing in photographic enlargements while also providing lithographic negatives and printing plates to Seattle print shops. In the 90’s they reinvented themselves to include digital printing, investing in the ZBE’s 50″ Chromira Photo Printer, which remains arguably the industry’s finest photo imaging device. Today they are maintaining their enthusiasm for only the best with Jerry’s son Carl Cooper, a certified Photoshop expert and lifelong practitioner of printing and imaging.
Carl and his small team of experts efficiently come together with their individual specialties in delivering a beautiful product. They are dedicated to customer satisfaction and pride themselves on exceptional quality and impeccable turnaround time for orders. From their easy online ordering options to the finished product, you are promised to have your expectations satisfied! Check out Color One Photo at their new site and keep up with them at their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Check out examples of their work – pretty impressive!
Our next prize highlight is two $100 gift cards for photo mounting by Bumblejax! Founded only in 2009, Bumblejax has already become a Seattle favorite for modern photo display techniques. Their team of passionate, experienced professionals specializes in “handcrafting digital images into gallery quality wall art”, using unique, non-traditional materials such as acrylics, bamboo, and aluminum. Besides producing large statement pieces for shows, they are eager to bring stand-out photo mounts to even the amateur artist.
The idea for the company was imagined after co-founder Corey Dwinnell wanted to print and mount some of the cool shots he took from a trip to Thailand.As he thought about printing them on different substrates, he found there were few labs offering photo mounting, especially domestically, and those available did not have easy online ordering experiences. As stated by Bumblejax, “our mission and passion is to transform digital photos that get lost on hard drives or buried in the archives of Instagram into gallery quality art. The smile on the face of our customers when they open that box and see the photo they took crafted into art keeps us going every day.” The company started and continues to focus on three key areas – customer service, quality and technology – and strive to offer a personal, relatable, and user-friendly service. Their quality control follows checks and balances and Corey personally reviews many of the photo mounts going back to customers. The online ordering experience at Bumblejax is painless and easy and they are always keeping up with technological trends that would help them connect with their customers. From amateur works to gallery shows, Bumblejax loves to work directly with the artists.
Here’s a video of a large acrylic mount we did for a local Seattle artist not long after wewent into business several years ago. It had been by far the most difficult piece to produce up to that point. It measures 72×46” and was mounted using the artists metallic print. Unfortunately, video doesn’t really do it justice particularly with the glare in this shot, but you get an idea of what it might look like in person. With the right gallery lighting it really does have the WOW factor!