What Are Backlit Style Photography Prints?
"Las Vegas Style" photography prints refer to a style of fine art photography print that is produced using photographic papers that utilize silver halide, such as FujiFlex, that have inherent reflective properties and are finished using a museum quality process called acrylic face mounting. Although not invented by him, this style of print has been partially popularized by photographer Peter Lik through his galleries in Las Vegas. The three-dimensional illuminated, or back-lit visual appearance of Backlit Acrylic Photography Prints is achieved through the print process itself and then amplified by showcasing the work under high quality halogen lighting in a dim gallery environment.
A favorite of art galleries around the world both in, and outside of Las Vegas, this style of photographic print is the same I have used for my printing for nearly a decade. Individual colors, levels of contrast and overall luminescence of an image all play a role in how strong of an effect is achieved through this print process and presentation.
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What Are Acrylic Face Mounted Prints?
Face mounting is a print finishing process that involves taking a traditional photographic print and applying an optically clear adhesive to the face of the print to then adhere (back mount) the print to acrylic glass. Once this process is completed, a backing material like Dibond or a second sheet of acrylic is adhered to the backside of the print to offer protection and provide stability to the artwork. Finally, the completed piece is either framed externally or finished with a float mount that allows the print to hang frameless on the wall appearing to float in place. This type of finishing process does not require an external frame and offers a clean and modern appearance.
Dragons Breath, a limited edition collection of 200, by artist Aaron Reed, completely sold out and retired.
Las Vegas Art & Photography Galleries
The vast majority of my photographic fine art prints are produced in Las Vegas and have been for over 8 years now. Las Vegas is an artistic wonderland full of beautiful photography galleries and fine art. There are many galleries there, with some of the very best located along the Las Vegas Strip. If you find yourself in Las Vegas you should find time in your schedule to visit some of these world class art galleries! Then, compare the pricing and overall value of the artwork to what you can purchase direct from the artist in the online marketplace. Here are a few of the places where you can photography galleries on the Las Vegas Strip.
Venetian Photography & Art Galleries - Grand Canal Shoppes Las Vegas
Caesars Palace Fine Art & Photography Galleries - Forum Shops Las Vegas
Carnevale Galley at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Vladimir Kush - Kush Fine Art Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay Fine Art & Photography Galleries - Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Viva Las Vegas
Las Vegas is well known for its status as the Mecca of gambling. Businessmen, celebrities, professional card players, and above all tourists flock to the city each year to experience the fun and nervous excitement of the games. While there, these guests are housed in some of the most elaborate and high-class hotels in the world, from the interior canals of the Venetian to the Luxor’s reborn vision of the ancient world.
Vegas is a world of high stakes, fast living, and above all, luxury. It’s a place where the finer things—good food, elegant dress, and fine art—are thoroughly appreciated. Art is an especially important aspect of the Vegas scene, with some of the most respected and well-known galleries in the U.S. operating there.
What Is FujiFlex Silver Halide?
FujiFlex Super-Gloss is a fine art photographic paper with a white polyester base providing unmatched levels of surface gloss, sharpness and color depth. Produced by Fujifilm, this incredible silver halide photographic paper creates a visual depth and clarity that is particularly beautiful with rich, saturated imagery. This paper is a favorite of many photographers around the world, including myself, producing some of the highest quality photographic prints available today.
It all starts with photographic paper that has silver halide embedded inside. Unlike regular prints that may last a few years before eventually degrading, silver halide printing is a museum quality printing process that uses light-sensitive paper and the power and chemistry of silver. Once exposed to light, the paper infuses itself with the image via a powerful chemical process, giving you that signature look or style of print.
In fact, the silver halide process yields prints that are sharper, more vibrant, with increased dynamic range and better color and flesh tone reproduction than other types of printing processes. Typically, a photographic print is made by applying ink to paper and waiting for it to dry. However, applying ink can leave a fuzzy or hazy look to an otherwise sharp shot. Over time, the ink is also more likely to fade or to be damaged, leading to a lack of luster and vibrancy of the print.
Las Vegas Art Gallery Prices
Limited Edition photographic art purchased at Las Vegas Photography Galleries can be quite expensive. Pricing typically starts between $4000 - $5500 for smaller unframed pieces and quickly grows from there. You can save large amounts of money by buying online, direct from the artist, for work that is equal to or even higher quality than the galleries you find in Las Vegas.
Is Fine Art Photography Valuable?
This is a question you are going to need to answer for yourself, because value can be determined a number of different ways. If your idea of value comes from the satisfaction and beauty on your walls, I have no doubt you will find the value you are looking for. To determine monetary value or investment value, I would encourage you to research auction sites online, such as 1stdibs or Artbrokerage, where you can find actual prices artwork is selling for and has sold for in the past.
My limited edition collection pricing stays consistent through the first 75% of the edition and then slowly rises in cost through the remaining 25%. The final 5 pieces increase exponentially, raising the value for all collectors of the edition as it sells out over time.
Real World Value | Aaron Reed Luxury Fine Art
I go to great lengths to ensure my prints visually match these representations so there are no surprises for my customers, other than how much more beautiful they are in person than they expected. Because I work from my home office, I am able to offer my work at prices that are much more reasonable than those who operate galleries and have to pay their employees, lease agreements and the general operating costs of this type of retail store.
While the actual production costs of producing these pieces certainly isn't inexpensive, the profit margin I maintain is going to allow you to have beautiful art in your home AND still pay the mortgage to keep the walls up around it. In addition, I work personally with each and every collector, never leaving you to deal with an art director, consultant or office staff. You can reach me just about anytime I am not sleeping via email or telephone and I always return customer inquiries within 24 hours.
To learn more about my personal work and the level of service I provide please see my collectors testimonials based on the quality, style and visual impact of my artwork displayed in their homes and offices around the world.
Believe The Hype Or Believe In Value?
If you want the very best and most visually brilliant gallery quality photographic art available today, acrylic face mount prints are the style you are looking for. Choosing the specific imagery that is most flattered by this medium is a skill that many photographers simply aren't in touch with. Many photographers also produce images with only themselves and other photographers in mind, completely discounting the type of work that people like you would enjoy hanging in your home. Even worse, many photographers attempt to enter this market without ever producing their work in any large sizes at all leaving the quality of your purchase completely up to chance in an effort to save themselves a few dollars.
I meet and work with hundreds of new customers each year but rarely is their first purchase of my work their last. The pieces that I offer as part of my limited edition collections are hand selected based on their visual beauty and strong compositions bringing both depth and visual wonder to the empty walls of your home or business.
The choice is yours... you can treat yourself to artwork that costs tens of thousands of dollars or you can purchase visually similar work from an artist such as myself and use the rest to send one of your children to college or buy that new sports car you've been eyeing. You know, depending on where your priorities fall. :) Thank you for taking the time to read this article and for your interest in my work and fine art photography in general. If you would like to speak with me further you can reach out to me via my website here.