Prints That Win: Solitary Journey

Plano, Texas photographer Brooke Kasper jumped into photography in the most unusual way. With a background in painting, she was spending her days working as a graphic artist. That is until her mother died. “I quit cold turkey and picked up a camera. It will be 15 years on Dec. 4,” Kasper says. “To heal, I went out and shot everything I could with the camera. It was an inauspicious start to a photography career.”

Her work often conveys a heavy message through symbolism and the somber technique known as low-key photography. “I use ropes a lot in my imagery,” Kasper says. “They represent the ties that bind.”

Kasper’s photograph “Solitary Journey” won the Southwest PPA District and placed 3rd in the National competition held this summer. Her award-winning image is rife with symbolism. “We all have our own personal stories, and this one represents how I’m charting my course,” she says. “We may feel abandoned and alone at times, but we are surrounded by so many wonderful memories of people and things that have given us strength, even in solitude.”

Kasper adds personal and tangible items to her photoshoots. “If it’s not on the set, it doesn’t get added,” she says. “The lantern is in the center and represents God, who is an important light at the center of my life. My mother’s picture is also in it, as are other things that are important to me.”

Studying the image closely, the story begins to unfold of just how lonely the journey of life can be. “Above my mom’s photo is her old bible and a compass that is pointing to true north, which is what God represents to me,” Kasper says. “Then you have the ropes. I put in the mouse as an homage to my husband. There’s another lantern but the light is out. There’s only one light that guides me ever since my mom died.”

Many photographers may find it unnerving to enter such a personal piece into a competition. For Kasper, it was about healing and finding peace. “You can’t always verbalize your woes, but you can find an outlet, and that’s what I’ve done,” she says. “The greatest honor is when someone wants to know the story behind the image, and they are moved when they see it. If I’ve reached someone, what better compliment is there?”

Jumping into photography like she did, Kasper relies on the Dallas PPA and Professional Photographers of America (PPA), as well as her mentors for support and guidance. Her merits and degrees include Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), Master of Photography, and Photographic Craftsman.

Through it all, she’s been inspired by – and learned from – David Edmondson. “David is a good friend and one of the most phenomenal people, inside and out. He has taught me how to be an artist and keep those characteristics in my life. That’s the most important thing to me,” she says. “There were times when I wanted to quit, but David is the one who encouraged me to go on. We share a strong faith and it means so much to know he has my back.”

Kasper is adamant that all photos should be physical, not just an image on a computer screen. “I don’t think it’s really completed until you print it,” she says. For her low-key images, Kasper prefers a satin photo paper, like Sunset Photo eSatin 300g, to ensure the fine details are captured with every print.

The popularity of local, state and national PPA competitions isn’t slowing down and Kasper believes that is because photographers are pushed to be better. “You have to keep moving forward, keep reinventing yourself. If you’re not getting better, you’re stagnant.”

New Prices on Sunset Papers: Another Reason to Switch

Earlier this year, LexJet launched the all new Sunset Cold Press Textured Bright White 300g and Sunset Hot Press Smooth Bright White 300g to give photographers more options for bringing their vision to the finished print.

Now, we’ve lowered the prices of both of these new products to give you another reason to make the switch to Sunset.

These two new papers are compatible with aqueous inks, and are acid-free for long print life. They’re ideal for photography, art reproductions, unframed cards or high-end, customized home décor. And now they are even more competitively priced.

To learn more about the new pricing structure for these papers and how to create high-end visual impact with Sunset products, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

We Joined the Printing United Convergence!

Last month, the LexJet team joined our parent company, S-One, to host a comprehensive booth at Printing United in Dallas, with the theme Media Matters. At LexJet, we know how important it is to pair the right media substrate with the right printer for the right job — every time.

This year, SGIA partnered with NAPCO to create Printing United, which celebrated the convergence of printing segments that aren’t so segmented any more. Many printers are expanding their offerings into signage, décor, commercial and packaging.

Squid window graphic demonstration

With this industry-wide convergence going on, some print service providers are struggling with juggling too much, according to industry experts. During the Key Industry Trends and Insights Research Breakfast, SGIA’s Chief Economist Andy Paparozzi discussed pain points for companies that are affecting the bottom line, such as rising wages and benefits costs, shortage of skilled personnel, workflow inefficiencies and cost of materials.

To help PSPs make smarter material purchasing decisions, we showcased a number of innovative, versatile products available exclusively at LexJet, including:

  • Squid, the innovative new self-adhesive textile for window graphics in retail, healthcare, residential and corporate spaces.
  • HP Grip Matte Polymeric Air, a high-tack, aggressive adhesive-backed vinyl for rough surfaces and low-energy plastics.
  • Fredrix Metallic Gold Canvas, the 2019 SGIA Product of the Year – Media – Textile – Canvas, along with its Metallic Pearl counterpart.
  • Sunset SUV Fine Art Paper 210g, the new-to-market option for large-volume fine art décor printers looking for a cost-conscious option that also has on-point quality.

If you couldn’t make it to Printing United, you can still experience our booth. Please check out the video below. Our print specialists are also available at 800-453-9538 to answer any of your questions about making smarter materials purchases or focusing on the segments you specialize in.

Dig in and Save with these November Printer Rebates

If you are contemplating purchasing a new printer before the end of the year, we have a cornucopia of printer options and rebates. From aqueous to solvent to latex printers and with instant and mail-in rebates, you can get the printer you want. Don’t forget to save room for additional sweet savings when you attend one of our free webinars. Highlights include:

  • Canon just announced the newest members of the PRO-Series family and they are also offering 0% financing on the purchase of a new ImagePROGRAF printer.
  • Upgrade to Latex is back! Trade in the motherboard from your old printer and $6,000 cash back when you purchase a Latex 570.
  • EPSON just announced a bulk ink system for the SureColor S60600 and SureColor S80600.

NOW AVAILABLE: Find Ultraflex Products at LexJet

At LexJet, we’re always looking to add more of the products you love. Today, we’ve expanded our line of Ultraflex-branded products. So now you can find the Ultraflex products you love and receive the personalized customer service you count on with LexJet.

As a full-service dealer of Ultraflex products, LexJet will provide the consistent, reliable products you need, including Ultraflex’s line of banners, films, textiles, wallcoverings and canvas for a variety of applications, such as soft signage, building wraps, banners, floor and wall murals, tradeshow graphics, digital fine art reproductions and more.

“We’re excited to further our partnership with Ultraflex,” says Justin Lehman, VP of Sales for LexJet. “Customers know they’ll get consistent results when printing to Ultraflex substrates, as well as having access to the right products in stock at the right time. At LexJet, customers will receive the same quality at the same price they expect with Ultraflex products.”

For more information about Ultraflex products and how they can help grow your business, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

Feast on New Information During November Webinars

Don’t let the holidays pass you by without signing up for a free printer webinar. Check out our free webinar series for HP Latex and Canon PRO-Series printers, and get your fill of information on the latest HP latex and Canon printers. Receive additional savings with the purchase of a qualified printer. Sign up today because space is limited.

HP

  • When: Friday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. ET
  • What: Join us for the free HP Latex printer technology webinar
  • Who: John Stevens, one of the industry’s leading latex specialists, will talk about the benefits of bringing HP Latex technology in-house.
  • Why: Attend and you will save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle, or save $4,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Canon

  • When: Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. ET
  • What: Learn about the next generation Canon PRO Series printers, software, and new contoured-cut bundles.
  • Who: Pete Wright, an award-winning photographer, discusses the upgrades and benefits in the new PRO Series printers.
  • Why: Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

Sign up online or call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 for additional information.