Nashville Tennessee Winter Skyline Downtown Photography Landmark Canvas Metal Print Livingroom Bedroom Sunset Wall Art Cityscape
Hi. My name is Craig Alexander and I am a skyline photographer.
6 years ago, after a 90 hour work week, I drove into Nashville , walked across one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world and shot a skyline of the city just after sunset. I sent the image off to the printer and a roll of 3 raw canvases arrived about a week later. (This is the other, dark blue skyline you'll see in this nashville collection).
I put it onto a wooden frame and hung it up in the gallery I was working in, it sold out in 48 hours.
I ordered 11 more and they sold out within the week. This launched my career. I continued working 80/90 hour week and continued travelling the world building my portfolio. Paris, NYC, London, Venice, LA, Florida, DC, Denver, Montreal, Chicago, Quebec, Ireland, Toronto and many more.
But I always intended to come back to Nashville one day, and I did about a month ago.
Last night I went out and shot the same image, but updated for 2019, reflecting all the growth that's happened in this beautiful place in the past 6 years.
I custom made this for a specific customer who loved my skylines but she wanted one with light still in the sky, and some pinks!
It is so so fun creating a new piece from scratch for someone in front of their eyes!
There are 3 ways to print these images, glossy paper printing, metallic style printing and canvas printing.
1) Glossy Paper Prints are professional quality glossy paper prints. They have a nice sharp and glossy finish and are only available in 8 in x 10 in. They are designed to be placed in a frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local dollar store or Walmart).
2) Metallic Paper Prints are much sharper, more vivid and the colors more intense than any other printing method I've ever seen. These are bigger. They start at 12inx18in and go all the way up to 30x45!
The official description states the following.
Warning: Technical jargon.
Kodak Metallic paper features an increased color gamut for stronger, brighter, more vibrant colors. It allows bright whites and rich deep blacks. This is not a cheap substitute to a metal print. It is genuine Kodak silver halide photographic paper, exposed digitally on our Noritsu or $150,000 Chromira printer, in sizes all the way up to 30”x45”.
I recommend getting the biggest piece you can fit on your wall, as the printing price only goes up gradually as you double, triple or quadruple the size of the print.
Note: This special metallic-paper printing, ships unframed in a box or cardboard tube, to ensure safe delivery.
The delivery time for printing, packaging and shipping on a customized metallic paper print is around 3-5 business days.
3) Canvas Printing is a well-known, high-end way of displaying photographs. This also has the advantage of not needing a frame. They come "gallery wrapped". This is a high quality canvas, stretched and stapled onto a set of 1.2 inch deep wooden stretcherbars that give it shape, in the same way an oil painting is typical stretched. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important). It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall. Once the stretched canvas print arrives and is in your hands, you then have the option of framing it locally if you decide you want that look, instead of the no-frame "gallery wrap" look.
Even $5 million homes commonly have unframed work on their walls, depending on the decor style in that home.
The delivery time for printing, packing and shipping on a customized canvas print is around 14 business days.
Any canvas print bigger than 2ftx4ft is shipped unmounted. This is because shipping large mounted artwork is extremely expensive as it needs to have a special wooden crate built for it, put on a shipping palet, go through a special cargo trucking service etc. This can cost $200-$500 dollars to ship just one piece, depending on size.
So for bigger pieces the canvas is rolled up in a tube and securely sent in the mail. When you receive it, you then take it to a local frame shop and you can get them to mount it, called "stretching a canvas".