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.”

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.

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.

Winter Holiday Hours Are Coming!

With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to make sure you know our shipping schedule to help plan your on-hand inventory for the remainder of the year:

Thanksgiving – LexJet will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29

Christmas – We will be closing at Noon ET on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25

New Year’s – We will be closing at Noon ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and closed New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

As always, you can order online during the holiday hours, but please note that any orders placed online will not ship until the next available business day.

Because the holidays are peak season for UPS, there may be extended lead times on deliveries. You can find the UPS 2019 Holiday shipping schedule HERE.

If you have any questions, please call us at 800-453-9538 or visit us online at LexJet.com.

Just Announced: The Next Generation of Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series Printers

Canon launched the next generation of the PRO Series printers this week at Printing United in Dallas, Texas. These new large-format solutions offer enhanced productivity, efficiency, and usability over the previous generation of PRO Series printers.

These new printers feature new innovations that will improve the end-user experience, including “first of its kind” intelligent automatic media feeding technology Canon built into these devices. The time saving intelligent media loading system allows the operator to move away after placing the roll in the printer without feeding the roll paper or selecting the media type.

The media is automatically fed and transported over the platen, the multi-sensor built into the printer measures the surface reflectance and media thickness to identify the media type. These two measurements are used together with the database of pre-registered media in the printer and the loaded roll media type is determined by a learning function that uses the printer usage history data.

The new printers are available in both 11-color and 8-color models:

If you are attending Printing United, stop by and visit with your favorite LexJet sales representative at S-One’s booth #6810 to learn more about these new printers.

Real Color Design Partners with EPSON for Marvel-ous Results

Real Color Design, in Torrance, Calif., has been printing fine art reproductions for years. In 2008, it became an authorized print house for Warner Brothers Studios and they also hold the licenses to print images for Marvel, DC and other well-known studios in California. “Ninety percent of what we do today is related to the studios. Our customers are licensed with Marvel, WB, DC Comics, Dynamite studio,” says print manager, Alex Costa.

With a customer base like that, there is no margin for error. To meet the demands of qualifying as an authorized print resource, Costa and his team work with a fleet of EPSON printers. “We’ve been with Epson since the beginning,” he says. “Currently, we use the SureColor F6200 (dye-sub), SureColor S80600 (solvent) and SureColor P10000 (aqueous) and on occasion, we still use our old 9880.”

Given the wide breadth of Epson technology available, Costa and his team can offer diverse prints to their customers. “We do archival fine art on Hahnemühle, Sunset Velvet Rag and canvas, for dye-sub, we do aluminum prints on Chromaluxe as well as wood and sometimes fabric,” he says.

One of Real Color Designs’ largest customers is Sideshow Collectables. When they got their license to print, they realized right away that they couldn’t just use any printer, they had to find an authorized resource. “They came and met with us, and we helped them build from nothing to getting their print program up and running,” Costa says. “From mock-ups to introducing them to new materials, we’re there with them from conception to design to print.”

It’s that partnership with their customers that has helped Real Color Designs work with some of the most renowned high-end art gallery and collectibles companies around the world. “We were approached by Castle Fine Art, a gallery that is part of a major chain of over 50 galleries in the UK and Europe, that includes Halcyon Gallery which displays great artists like Picasso,” he says.

Relationship building and delivering results has helped Costa and the team create a name for themselves in an industry that demands perfection. “When Castle came to us, they said, ‘We want to start working with you because we’ve seen your work with Marvel.’ We are getting into the high, high-end fine art,” he says. “Right now, we are working with artist Domingo Zapata. They’re going to release a whole new line of prints and we’re working with them the same way we do with Sideshow.”

Costa says that they treat their customers the way they are treated by LexJet. “We see the customer as a partner, the way LexJet has worked with us since we started our business relationship in 2011. Stuart Haddow [LexJet sales specialist] sees us as a partner and tries to work stuff out, figure out our needs.”

The partnership relies on trust. Costa puts his trust in EPSON because he knows the quality that his customers and licensees demand. He puts his trust in LexJet to work with him on existing products and help him find new products that will excite his customers. His customers put their trust in him to create high-end art pieces that look like they stepped right off of a movie set or just out of a comic book.