Hugh Alison

Joined Artfinder: June 2014

Artworks for sale: 42

United Kingdom

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About Hugh Alison

  • Biography
    I started developing and printing my own photos in my parent's bathroom when I was twelve. That was almost 50 years ago. I have been doing medical research for 35 years. Photography is what I do to "switch off". 

    What's in my portfolio?


    Feral Nudes: 

    This is my serious photography. Female nudes in wild countryside. Maybe it’s because I spent my first few years running round the African bush naked, maybe I just like naked chicks on rocks. Mainly black and white, although I am doing more colour work now that the technology has improved.

    I normally shoot when the light is good, and there aren't too many people about - this means 3 hours after sunrise, and 3 hours before sunset. The middle of the day is for driving to interesting places, and for long picnic lunches.

    I never add anything to the photo using Photoshop - the girl is always there in real life. No Photoshop fakes. I might remove distractions (like telegraph poles).


    Amazing faces:

    Just because they are beautiful.

    About my prints:

    All prints are produced by me personally, on 308 GSM Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt paper, with Epson Ultrachrome inks on my own Epson 7800 printer, which can print up to 24" wide. This combination of paper and ink is considered by many to be the ultimate for quality and permanence. Prints will come with a 
    Hahnemühle Certificate of Authenticity and Hologram authentication. I don't sell commercial prints or prints made by somebody else.

    Surely silver gelatin prints made in a real darkroom are better?

    Some people think so. I had a real darkroom for over 30 years. I printed fibre based, selenium toned traditional prints, and I was taught by some very skilled photographers in the UK and the USA. I was really pretty good at printing.

    About three years after I switched to digital printing, I put all my best darkroom prints out next to my best digital prints of the same foto, and I looked at them very carefully. Then I tore up all the darkroom prints, and sold the darkroom equipment.

    I simply love matt prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. I haven't used anything else for art prints for at least ten years. Other people may prefer other types of prints, including traditional prints. That's equally OK as well.

    Edition Sizes:      

    Either:
    One print, usually A1 or 24" x 36". 
    No other prints of any size are for sale.
    Unique artworks where I think it is unlikely anyone else has been able to photograp[h landscape nudes (for example, Landmannalaugar in Iceland required us to drive off-road, ford rivers, and camp in the Land Rover).

    Or:
    One edition of 25 prints of any size.

    One Artist's Proof is made during the production process.
    I keep my Artist's Proof prints. They will not be sold. I work by printing an Artist's Proof, sticking it on the wall for a week or so, and then trying to print a better one. Then I keep the best one, and destroy the other one.  I might do this many times. Printing isn't an exact art.


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Biography

I started developing and printing my own photos in my parent's bathroom when I was twelve. That was almost 50 years ago. I have been doing medical research for 35 years. Photography is what I do to "switch off". 

What's in my portfolio?


Feral Nudes: 

This is my serious photography. Female nudes in wild countryside. Maybe it’s because I spent my first few years running round the African bush naked, maybe I just like naked chicks on rocks. Mainly black and white, although I am doing more colour work now that the technology has improved.

I normally shoot when the light is good, and there aren't too many people about - this means 3 hours after sunrise, and 3 hours before sunset. The middle of the day is for driving to interesting places, and for long picnic lunches.

I never add anything to the photo using Photoshop - the girl is always there in real life. No Photoshop fakes. I might remove distractions (like telegraph poles).


Amazing faces:

Just because they are beautiful.

About my prints:

All prints are produced by me personally, on 308 GSM Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt paper, with Epson Ultrachrome inks on my own Epson 7800 printer, which can print up to 24" wide. This combination of paper and ink is considered by many to be the ultimate for quality and permanence. Prints will come with a 
Hahnemühle Certificate of Authenticity and Hologram authentication. I don't sell commercial prints or prints made by somebody else.

Surely silver gelatin prints made in a real darkroom are better?

Some people think so. I had a real darkroom for over 30 years. I printed fibre based, selenium toned traditional prints, and I was taught by some very skilled photographers in the UK and the USA. I was really pretty good at printing.

About three years after I switched to digital printing, I put all my best darkroom prints out next to my best digital prints of the same foto, and I looked at them very carefully. Then I tore up all the darkroom prints, and sold the darkroom equipment.

I simply love matt prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. I haven't used anything else for art prints for at least ten years. Other people may prefer other types of prints, including traditional prints. That's equally OK as well.

Edition Sizes:      

Either:
One print, usually A1 or 24" x 36". 
No other prints of any size are for sale.
Unique artworks where I think it is unlikely anyone else has been able to photograp[h landscape nudes (for example, Landmannalaugar in Iceland required us to drive off-road, ford rivers, and camp in the Land Rover).

Or:
One edition of 25 prints of any size.

One Artist's Proof is made during the production process.
I keep my Artist's Proof prints. They will not be sold. I work by printing an Artist's Proof, sticking it on the wall for a week or so, and then trying to print a better one. Then I keep the best one, and destroy the other one.  I might do this many times. Printing isn't an exact art.


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