LDPhotolab Prints Fine Art for Photographer Paolo Rubini’s Capture Photography Festival Exhibit ‘Hands On’

Photolab Manager Adonia (left) and photographer Paolo Rubini (right) showing one of Paolo’s prints currently part of his Capture Photography exhibition at VIFF Vancity Theatre

Originally from Italy, photographer Paolo Rubini has travelled the world capturing a wide array of cultures and the hidden beauty of everyday life. He now calls Vancouver home, and his project ‘Hands On: A Handcrafted Human Mosaic’, which features images from 15 different countries, was recently selected by Capture Photography Festival for exhibition during the 2019 season.

“Hands On came to me as a project idea while travelling in India. It struck me as an original and potential-full opportunity to try and analyze our human condition across different countries and latitudes, by using an aspect of our body we all have in common as a common ground,” explains Paolo.

As a supporter of Capture Photography Festival since its inception 6 years ago, the London Drugs Photolab has provided gallery quality prints for selected photographers like Paolo to showcase their lens-based art during  the annual photography exhibition. Our Photolab Technicians work one-on-one with the selected photographers to choose the right print surface for their images, adjust the colours and other elements to the photographer’s specifications, and ensure the final product meets the high standards of gallery quality prints.

Building a trusting relationship between photographer and Photolab Technician is an incredibly important part of the printing process. When Paolo first met with LDPhotolab Manager Adonia, he was looking to have his black and white images printed on a metallic surface. After looking over Paolo’s images however, Adonia suggested Paolo might like to try a more matte and textured print surface, such as linen paper. Surfaces like linen or bamboo paper look particularly excellent with black and white images, and Adonia recognized the linen paper would also work well with the fact that the prints would be backlit with natural light in the exhibit space. After testing both metallic and matte surfaces, Paolo made the final call to print on linen paper!

Photolab Manager Adonia and photographer Paolo Rubini discussing the texture of linen prints.

“Black and white convey a certain poetry and timeless feeling, furthermore it helps the viewer focusing more on the composition of the image, its narrative and the texture of the elements on focus. Color sometimes can be distracting and misleading, especially in a concept series like this one,” says Paolo. “I usually go for a glossy reflecting surface, mostly in colour but also black and white. My go to paper would be the photo-metallic paper because it gives more depth to the colours. This time, considering the texture I wanted to enhance and the light coming from the back of the picture I opted for a thicker and more textured paper: the LDPhotolab’s Linen White. It proved to be the right choice for this show.”

Once the final decision on print surface was made, Paolo was able to provide feedback on tweaking the colouring of the images (in this case, the warmness or coolness of the black and white, the darkness of the blacks and the brightness of the whites).

“Working with Adonia and her Granville location photolab team was particularly inspiring because of their expertise and wealth of knowledge in understanding and accommodating my vision and their outstanding customer service. They went above and beyond with me, making my show almost like it was their own,” says Paolo.

After the collaborative process of tweaking the images was complete, our photolab printed all of Paolo’s images for the exhibit using the state-of-the art Epson 9000 large format printer. Photolab Manager Adonia then met with Paolo one last time for a final inspection of the fine art prints. Paolo looked over each image individually to confirm they were ready for display, even asking for some final feedback from our Photolab Manager Adonia on what part of each image drew her eye, to ensure it was achieving the desired effect.

“It has been such a pleasure working with amazing photographers like Paolo, and so rewarding bringing their artwork to life,” says Adonia. “The journey from initially meeting and viewing photos, to producing the physical prints in such an impactful way is one of the best parts of being a photolab technician.”

Of course, seeing the fine art prints on display is always a thrilling part of the process for Paolo. “After the set up and the opening, I was very happy to take a step back and look at all their picture displayed together. Each of them was carrying its little story, informing and inspiring others. It is a collection of humanity that I’m very proud to share because it talks about us and what makes us all similar and yet each unique,” he says.

Paolo Rubini in front of his Capture Photography Festival exhibit ‘Hands On’, at the VIFF Vancity Theatre in Vancouver

If you want to check out Paolo Rubini’s prints in person, you can see them at VIFF Vancity Theatre in Vancouver from April 14th to May 5th, Monday to Sunday, 6pm onwards (and when films are being shown).

London Drugs Photolab Honoured to Print National Pictures of the Year

News Photographers Association of Canada’s Capture Photography Festival exhibit printed with the help of LDPhotolab’s expertise and state-of-the-art printing equipment

Images on left wall by photographers Jonathan Hayward (top left), Jeff McIntosh (bottom left), Martin Tremblay (centre), Carlos Osorio (top left), Leah Hennel (bottom right).

Every year, the very best Canadian photojournalists are nominated for the National Pictures of the Year Awards, organized by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC). Each of the prestigious nominated photos are then showcased during a Capture Photography Festival exhibition…with a little help from our London Drugs Photolab!

This year, our Photolab Technician Adonia worked with NPAC’s coordinator Ali Ledgerwood to print each of the nominated photos for the exhibit. The photos were printed using our photolab’s state-of-the-art Epson 9000 large format printer, on fine art paper with patented dye inks that deliver the very best in colour and definition.

An image by Canadian photographer Darryl Dyck being printed on the Epson 9000

Each image was then inspected by hand, and adjustments were made to get the colours of each image just right. The vibrant image coming off the Epson printer here is of 89-year old Canadian Blood Services volunteer, Nina Graham, taken by nominated Canadian photographer Darryl Dyck. Seeing it, you just can’t help but smile!

Photolab Manager Adonia stands with News Photographers Association of Canada coordinator Ali Ledgerwood. Image on print by photographer Darryl Dyck

This is the 6th year the London Drugs Photolab has prepared the prints for the National Pictures of the Year exhibit.

“Working with Adonia at the LDPhotolab has been amazing.  The quality of the prints and the professionalism with the team is unprecedented.  We have the largest show as far as Capture goes, and I never have to worry about timing or the amount of work printed in such a tight timeframe.  Always accommodating and always first class,” says Ali Ledgerwood.

Fine art print of an image by photographer Darryl Dyck

From photolab to the gallery wall; it’s always a thrill to see the final prints on display! Here, you can see Darryl Dyck’s colourful shot showcased at the opening of NPAC’s National Pictures of the Year exhibit, during Capture Photography Festival at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver.

“Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, documentation and ultimately, as instruments of change.  This is a testament to the ideal that photojournalism matters—now more than ever,” Ali says. “When I walk through and I see school groups completely engaged with the photos and related stories, it’s hard not to get emotional.  We are so honoured that we are able to produce an exhibit like this and we certainly couldn’t do it without the support of the LDPhotolab.”

Photographer Chris Donovan standing beside two of his photos nominated for National Picture of the Year

Chris Donovan was one of the nominated Canadian photographers who attended the opening of the Capture Photography Festival exhibit for the National Pictures of the Year. Chris’ photos are nominated in multiple categories, including the Sports Feature Category for two images he took in Flint Michigan with ESPN. Chris was also named last year’s Photojournalist of the Year!

“It’s always a great feeling to see your work printed whether it’s in a newspaper or on a gallery wall. To have this work in such a visible place alongside some of Canada’s finest photojournalists is an honour. The prints look stunning and I’m truly grateful to London Drugs for helping support Canadian photojournalism over the years,” says Chris.

Images by photographers Cold Burston (top left), Kayle Neis (bottom left), Chris Donovan (centre & top right), Pieter de Vos (bottom right)

Feeling inspired by these talented Canadian photographers? We can print your photos in gallery quality too! Choose from our photolab’s wide variety of fine art prints, such as the enlargements printed on Epson Lustre Paper used for this exhibition, or other surfaces like bamboo paper, metallic paper, aluminum metal panels, canvas prints and canvas gallery wraps. The choice is yours!

15 Exhibitions to Check Out During Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival

London Drugs Photolab supports featured artists with gallery-quality prints for lens-based art exhibits

 

For the 6th consecutive year, London Drugs is proudly sponsoring the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver. Photography exhibits will pop up all over Metro Vancouver during the month of April, celebrating lens-based art by both local and international artists. In support of these talented artists, the London Drugs Photolab is providing printing grants to select artists participating in the Capture Photography Festival. These grants will supply the artists with the gallery quality prints they need for their gallery exhibitions.

Over the past few weeks, our experienced Photolab Technicians across Vancouver have been working diligently with each of the selected artists to get their images ready for public display, ensuring the colours are to the artist’s specifications, and printing everything from enlargements to aluminum metal panels and fine art Hahnemühle bamboo fine art prints – all using the most innovative photofinishing equipment.

Photolab Manager Cassidy works on the Iris Film Collective’s LOOPDALOOP exhibit, printing stills taken from 16mm motion picture film (Photo credit: Alex MacKenzie)

Capture’s community engagement assistant, Laura, picks up a set of museum quality prints from Photolab Technician Lee, ready for display! The prints will be on display as part of the Flash Forward Incubator student exhibition.

 

To show your support for the local photography community and see the final prints in person, check out these Capture Photography Festival exhibits this April – all supported by London Drugs printing grants:

 

NPAC’s National Pictures of the Year Nominees

Mark Blinch – The Canadian Press, 2018

April 1 – 26

Group Exhibit – News Photographers Association of Canada

Pendulum Gallery, 885 W Georgia St, Vancouver

 

Opening Reception

Thursday April 11 6-9pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/news-photographers-association-of-canadas-national-pictures-of-the-year-nominees/

 

Boundaries Exhibition & Silent Auction

Bohdan Lee, Flash Forward Incubator Program, 2019

April 2–6

Group Exhibit – Flash Forward Incubator Program

Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Tuesday–Friday 9 am–10 pm, Saturday 9 am–3 pm

 

Silent Auction

Saturday April 6, 1–3 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/youth-program/boundaries/

 

In Transit: Reflections

Arts Umbrella Student, In Transit, 2019

April 6–15

Group Exhibit – Arts Umbrella Students

Remington Gallery, 108 East Hastings St, Vancouver

Saturday & Sunday 12–4 pm, Monday – Friday by appt. (604-218-2109)

 

Opening Reception

Saturday April 6, 5–8 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/youth-program/in-transit-reflections/

 

On Friendship: An Exhibition of Portraits by Children

Garnet Hertz, (Overhead shot of visitors and artists at a Back Alley Gallery Project exhibition and potluck in October 2018), 2018

April 27 (one night event)

Group Exhibit & Community Potluck

Back Alley Gallery Project, located in the alley behind 2448 E 8th Ave, Vancouver

Saturday April 27, 5–9 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/youth-program/on-friendship-an-exhibition-of-portraits-by-children/

 

Photography without Cameras: Lumen Printing Workshop

April 13, 2019 (one day event)

With Artist: Phyllis Schwartz

Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, 4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Sat. Apr 13, 11 am–3 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/events/photography-without-cameras-lumen-printing-workshop-with-phyllis-schwartz/

 

Disposable Camera Project IV

Pamela Rounis, DCP III, 2018, digital photograph

April 27 (one night event)

Participating Artists: Tom Hsu, Taby Cheng, Karilynn Ming Ho, Hyung-Min Yoon, Christian Nicolay, and Helen Shaw.

SAD Mag Pop-Up, 1050 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Sat. Apr 27, 8–11pm

https://capturephotofest.com/events/disposable-camera-project-iv/

 

where the hour floats

Amalie Atkins, Aprons, 2015, chromogenic print, 40”x50”, Courtesy of Amalie Atkins

On until April 21

Artist: Amalie Atkins

Art Gallery at Evergreen, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Wednesday – Saturday 12–5 pm, Sunday 12–4 pm, closed Monday & Tuesday

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/where-the-hour-floats/

 

Finding My Father at Yongpyong

Taehoon Kim, Finding my father at Yongpyong #7, 2018, archival inkjet print, 12”x16”

On until April 29

Artist: Taehoon Kim

North Vancouver District Public Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver

Monday – Friday 9 am–9 pm, Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Sunday 12–5 pm

 

Opening Reception

Thursday April 11, 6–8 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/finding-my-father-at-yongpyong/

 

LOOPDALOOP

Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, part of LOOPDALOOP, 2019, 16mm film installation

April 4–28

Group Exhibit – Iris Film Collective

Participating Artists: Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty, Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, Alex MacKenzie, Lisa G. Nielsen, Nisha Platzer, Sydney Southam, Amanda Thomson, and Ryder White

Burrard View Fieldhouse, 545 North Slocan St, Vancouver

Monday – Sunday 7–9 pm

 

Opening Reception

Thursday April 4, 7–9 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/loopdaloop/

 

The Strata of Many Truths

Roxanne Charles, Truth, 2011

April 5–25

Artist: Roxanne Charles

Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver

Monday, Tuesday, Sunday 10 am–5 pm, Wednesday 10 am–5 pm, Thursday 10 am–8 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am–9 pm

Museum admission: $9.75 (child)–$20.50 (adult)

 

Opening Reception

Friday April 5, 7–9 pm

 

Curatorial Panel Discussion

Saturday April 6, 1–3 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/there-is-truth-here/

 

Shadow Architecture

Michael Love, Architectural Study #8, 2018, inkjet print, 20”x30”

April 11–May 4

Artist: Michael Love

Franc Gallery, 1654 Franklin St, Vancouver

Saturday & Sunday 12–6 pm, Monday – Friday by appt (ron@francgallery.com)

 

Opening Reception

Thursday April 11, 6–9 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/shadow-architecture/

 

What It Is

Dan Jackson, It Isn’t It, 2018, archival pigment print, 36″x36″

April 12–14

Artist: Dan Jackson

Studio 730, 730 Richards St, Vancouver

Saturday & Sunday 10am–6pm

 

Opening Reception

Friday April 12, 7pm–midnight

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/what-it-is/

 

HANDS ON–A Handcrafted Human Mosaic

Paolo Rubini, Game on (Phnom Phen, Cambodia), 2018, giclée photo metallic print, 14”x21”

April 12–May 5

Artist: Paolo Rubini

VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Monday – Sunday from 6 pm (+ when films are on)

 

Opening Reception:

Friday April 12, 7:30–9:30 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/hands-on-a-handcrafted-human-mosaic/

 

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball

Alana Paterson, from the series Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball, 2018

April 13–May 12

Artist: Alana Paterson

The Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver

Tuesday – Sunday 10 am–5 PM, closed Monday

Admission by donation

 

Opening Reception

Saturday April 13, 1 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/sḵwx̱wu7mesh-nation-basketball/

 

Green Glass Door

Theo Terry, Picture for Butchers, 2018, pigment print in custom frame

April 25–May 19

Participating Artists: Noah Friebel, Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes, Theo Terry, Graeme Wahn

Trapp Projects, 274 E 1st Ave, Vancouver

Saturday 10–5 pm & by appt (info@trappeditions.com)

 

Opening Reception

Thursday April 25, 7–9 pm

https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/green-glass-door/

 

 

Which exhibit are you most excited to check out? Follow along on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes of the gallery images being printed by our Photolab, as well as get a sneak peek inside the gallery exhibits!

Here’s Why Countless Canadians Trust Us with Their Photos

Welcome to the London Drugs Photolab!

With over 35 years of photofinishing experience, the London Drugs Photolab can help you to preserve your memories and bring your photos to life. Our Photolab provides a wide variety of prints and personalized gifting products to creatively share your best photos, from photo books and mugs, to fine art prints and so much more.

Our experienced Photolab Technicians are dedicated to producing the highest quality photofinishing products, as well as offering Photolab services including film processing, scanning, and digital restoration: all using state-of-the-art equipment.

Why trust us with your photos? Watch the video to see how our LDExperts Nikki and Dave have built trusting relationships with their Photolab customers. Or just ask the countless Canadians – families and photographers alike – who already trust us with their photos!

Visit the London Drugs Photolab online or in-store to start creating something unique with your photos, or download our London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android. We can ship to your local London Drugs for pick-up, or deliver anywhere in Canada.

Become a Featured Photographer in the London Drugs Photolab’s Local Inspirations Artist Gallery

At London Drugs, we are committed to being involved in the communities we serve. Our London Drugs Photolab Experts have a true passion for photography, and enjoy any opportunity to celebrate artists in our local photography community. From the Capture Photography Festival to the Local Inspirations Artist Gallery program, we aim to support photographers in many ways, in an effort to share the joy of photography.

Local Inspirations Artist Gallery, featuring local photographer Yuji S.

The Local Inspirations Artist Gallery program is an ongoing company-wide celebration of photography at the community level. The photographer’s work is featured in a gallery at the artist’s local London Drugs, professionally printed by our London Drugs Photolab Technicians, using state-of-the-art printing equipment. The gallery is a platform for local photographers and artists to showcase their work to others in the community, while also helping them gain new clients and grow their business.

Yuji S. is one of our Local Inspirations-featured photographers, whose images are currently on display at our Broadway & Vine store. Yuji is a stock photography contributor for Getty Images, and enjoys taking photos of animals, people and nature. He uses our London Drugs Photolab for all of his printing and custom created photo gifts, so naturally Yuji knew the Photolab would be a great place to showcase his favourite prints! For those interested in purchasing one of Yuji’s prints, they can contact him at: yuji@ysphotography.ca.

If you wish to be featured in an upcoming gallery, visit your local London Drugs Photolab for details about showcasing your work and becoming a local inspiration to others.

Q&A with Photolab Technician and Capture Photography Festival-Featured Photographer, Gabriel Martins

Photos by Kai Mallari

Ever wondered who prints your photos for you, after you submit your order to our Photolab? Especially if you’ve made an order like a fine art print, or a photo that’s particularly near and dear to your heart, you might be a bit nervous about who will be overseeing the printing, ensuring the sizing and colours are just right, and that the print comes out flawless.

Luckily, many of our Photolab Technicians are photographers themselves, which means they fully understand what it’s like to be in your shoes. Meet Gabriel Martins: a relatively new addition to the London Drugs Photolab team, and a local photographer in Vancouver. Gabriel has a passion for photofinishing and photography, and uses his experience as a photographer to ensure every print order he works on receives the same attention to detail as he would give his own work.

During the Capture Photography Festival this year, Gabriel was chosen by a panel of judges to be a featured photographer with not one, but two gallery exhibits in Vancouver. As part of this opportunity, Gabriel was provided space for his gallery exhibits, Rues de Montréal Part 1 & Part 2, and had his fine art work printed by the London Drugs Photolab. It was a unique and special experience for Gabriel, to be on the other side of the Photolab counter, as a photographer ordering prints for his gallery exhibits. To share a bit more about his experience, we sat down with Gabriel for a short Q&A:

Q: Tell us a little bit about your exhibit, Rues de Montréal.

A: Rues de Montréal portrays the streets of Montréal through 13 photographs taken during the summer of 2017, when the city celebrated its 375th anniversary. The images show the vibrancy of Montréal and question our use of public spaces and how people interact with them.

Q: What kind of print surface did you choose for your exhibit, and why?

A: All photos were printed and mounted on Metallic Canvas Gallery Wrap. I chose this media and finishing because it makes the colours pop out and creates more of a 3D effect.

Q: What was your first thought when you saw the final prints up on the gallery walls? How did the print surface look and feel?

A: I got tears in my eyes. It was the outcome of 7 months of hard work to make it happen. The texture of the canvas definitely made me feel almost like the photos were paintings.

Q: You had a particularly interesting print that’s caught the eye of gallery visitors. Tell us about it.

A: That’s the “Black Moon”. Before I went to Montréal, I knew about the revolutionary work of INSA, who’s a renowned British muralist, and his project called “GIF-TI”, which consists of photographing each layer the artist paints by hand. These images are then uploaded and overlaid to create the final piece, a looping GIF file. The viewers can download his app and point their smartphone camera towards his mural, which scans and recognizes the mural and plays the animation, bringing the piece to life. I wasn’t expecting that his app would work with my print and I got really stoked about it. The augmented reality effect is definitely an extra attraction in this exhibit.

Q: What was it like to be on the other side of the Photolab counter, as a London Drugs Photolab customer?

A: It was a great experience from the beginning to the end. All the Canvas Gallery Wraps were packed separately, which made the logistics easier and safer. Besides that, the colours, contrast, and sharpness turned out exactly how I was expecting.

Q: Do you find it important to build a trusting relationship with your Photolab Technician?

A: As a professional photographer, I believe that this relationship is extremely important because we put so much love and effort into the execution and post-production of all photos, so the printing and finishing processes have to be high caliber. The delivery is as important as the medium.

Q: Has this experience helped you with your own interactions and work as a London Drugs Photolab Technician?

A: Absolutely. When I’m printing, mounting, framing or doing anything else in the lab, I always treat the customers’ photos as if they were mine.

Gabriel (left) pictured here with his Photolab Manager, Bill Storey (right), who came out to support the opening of Gabriel’s exhibit

You can see Part 2 of Gabriel’s exhibit, Rue de Montréal, at Dunn’s Famous BC Restaurant in Vancouver from April 16th to June 16th. For more details on the exhibit, visit Capture Photography Festival.

The allure of aluminum: photographer Stacy William Head’s landscape photos come to life with aluminum panel prints

For landscape photographers seeking out new and dynamic ways to showcase their images, aluminum metal panels offer a unique perspective. The striking, high-gloss quality of these prints and their resistance to fading set them apart from any other type of print surface, making them an attractive choice for photographers. The coated aluminum sheets are infused with dyes that can make any image, especially detailed and rich landscape photos, come alive with vibrant colour.

As the popularity of aluminum panels has grown in recent years, the London Drugs Photolab has expanded the availability of its metal printing technology from just one location to now several Photolab locations with the special presses necessary to create the prints on-site.

Photographer, Stacy William Head recently opted to print one of his favourite photos of Moraine Lake on aluminum for the first time with London Drugs. Below he shares his first impressions and why he plans to print on aluminum in the future.

I’m a landscape photographer based in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada in a small area known as Crowsnest Pass. My work usually incorporates long exposure techniques to create images that convey a sense of depth along with the passage of time. I enjoy exploring and photographing the area I live in as well as the National Parks that are close such as Banff, Jasper and Waterton.

About this shot – “Moraine Mist”:

This is probably one of my favorite shots I have taken. The optimum conditions lasted for less than five minutes and was taken with long exposure of 159 seconds to give it that surreal feel. I have wanted to get the clouds like this for a while at this location. Even though it’s a very popular destination – probably the most photographed location in Canada – it’s still a great feeling to capture your own moment to call your own and hopefully convey to others the feeling of this experience.

I really love the fact that the aluminum prints from London Drugs are both lightweight and very durable. Aluminum allows me to display my photos in vibrant color with a gorgeous contemporary aesthetic that will last for a lifetime. My photos are sometimes rich in colour and I like to try and create surreal feel in them through long exposure – the glossy aluminum really adds to this effect much more than paper or canvas prints can.

Above: Moraine Mist photo by Stacy William Head, printed on an aluminum metal panel at the London Drugs Photolab.

To learn more about London Drugs’ selection of print textures and finishes, click here.

 

See more of Stacy’s work on his website or on Instagram.

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