|My image "A Calm Crossing" used on the front cover|
She conducted the interview by phone from Spain, but I then also wrote my own answers to a series of questions she sent me. Between us, I think a really sensible and informative article has been created, covering 8 pages of the magazine and the nice surprise of a front cover.
|A really nice spread let down by unnecessary graphic bars and circles|
Although I thought the article was excellent thanks to Rachael, I was a little upset that the designer had cropped the front cover image, and also unnecessarily overlaid the inside images with graphic bars and text boxes, which simply ruined those pictures affected. In one case the low res 'sample' file was used for a 3/4 page spread rather than the hi-res version, so it looks awfully pixellated and I just really hope readers will know that's a printing mistake not my bad file ! It's so strange that a magazine devoted to the beauty of photography can't refrain from tacky overlays on professional work, a real pity.
|The low res image used as a DPS - looks OK here but in reality it's very pixellated|
Overall though, I am very pleased to have such a large spread and I am still delighted to have been asked and with Rachael's interview. I've already received several e-mails from readers who have enjoyed the article so I will reflect on this positively. In future though, as an artist dedicated to un-cropped compositions and the beauty of the final printed image, I must ensure that any future supply to magazines is accompanied by specific notes about how I'd like my images treated. After 30 years of tireless artistic professionalism, I think this is very important, but what do you guys feel ?
The August issue of Photography Monthly featuring my work is now on sale at most major newsagents. Perhaps let me know what you think of the spread ?