Ordering Options

Un-matted Prints, Matted Prints, & Framing:

All photographs on this website are offered either as matted or unmatted prints.  Framed prints are NOT offered because of the glass contained in the frame.  I have learned from experience that it is not practical to ship these fragile pieces.  However, if a framed piece is what you want, contact me by email, and we can work something out.

 

Prints Only:

All photographs are printed on the very finest Epson photographic paper, using Epson archival inks.  Except for prints offered as panoramas, most sizes offered are stock sizes (5X7, 8X10, 11X14) which can be easily matted and framed using stock mats and frames right off the shelf.  Only the largest non-panoramic print size (13X18) is a non-stock size.  And because of the odd sizing of my panoramic prints, you will probably need to purchase custom matting and framing for those. 

 

I can mail most prints to you in a flat protective envelope, or rolled and inserted into a protective mailing tube designed for this purpose.  However, the largest prints (13X18, 11X22, 11X30) are usually printed on fine art watercolor paper.  I like to print on this paper because the results obtained are quite remarkable, but the prints must remain flat when they are shipped.  It is usually most expedient to ship these large, flat pieces using UPS Ground.  Second Day delivery and Express Next Day delivery options are also available for items shipped either by U.S. Mail, or by UPS.  (You will see more detailed information about shipping under "Terms and Conditions" in the shopping basket.)

 

Matted Prints:

You also have the option of purchasing prints that are matted and ready to frame.  I mat my photographs using Crescent acid-free decorative matboard, then I seal them in a clear poly bag for protection. The mat colors of choice for double-matting are a white outer mat with either a black or gold inner mat lining.  Smaller photos are single-matted with a white or black mat (I find that black mats are especially effective with black and white prints). I have chosen these simple mat designs in order to provide an aesthetically pleasing display of each photograph. I have taken great care to use simple but elegant mat designs that look great, but that do not detract from the beauty of the art. All larger matted and/or framed prints are backed with a heavy piece of acid-free foam core.  The smaller photographs (5X7, 8X10, and 11X14) are matted to stock sizes (8X10, 11X14, and 16X20) which are easily framed using stock frame sizes right off the shelf.  Except for the smallest matted prints, which can be mailed in an envelope, all larger sizes are shipped flat using UPS Ground.  As with prints only, Second Day delivery and Express Next Day delivery options are also available for items shipped either by U.S. Mail, or by UPS.

 

Limited Edition Prints:

Some of the photographs in this portfolio are offered as limited edition printings, and sales are limited to a maximum of 250 prints.  All limited edition prints are systematically numbered, and each print comes with a certificate of authenticity.

 

-- Richard Ashford

 



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