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Kevicc and Focal Point Imaging Print Day 2018

Once a year, at the request of Course Lecturer, Marcus Davies, and Course Leader, Bruce Timson, Focal Point Imaging visits King Edward VI Community College, or KEVICC, as it is popularly known, and spends the day producing prints for the students of the Totnes Art & Design Foundation course. The prints are for the course Summer Show exhibition.

The Totnes Art & Design Foundation Course is an intensive, one year, post A-Level, programme of study, providing a thorough grounding in the basic principles of art and design, with the aim of securing the student a place on a BA course.

By the chosen date of the ‘KEVICC Print Day’, and by pre-arrangement with Marcus, the student’s work is all sized and ready to print, up to a maximum size of A2, and is printed out on either fine art or photographic media, currently via an Epson SC P800 A2 inkjet printer. A sturdy, compact, professional photo printer, perfectly suited for use as part of a portable print studio.

By being on hand throughout the process Focal Point can offer any last minute advice, tips and guidance on the images before committing to print.

Tutor Marcus Davies commented, “This is the 5th year we have invited Focal Point in to the studios and we are always impressed by their patience, professionalism and dedication, the results are always excellent The students had a great time seeing their images being printed on the A2 printer and were helped and guided in the preparation of their files by Ken Pearson.” The Totnes Art & Design Foundation Course Summer Show 2018 runs from Monday 18th June until Saturday 23rd June from 9:30am to 4:00pm at The Foundation Studios, Kennicott, King Edward VI Community College, Ashburton Road, Totnes.

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Exeter School of Art

The first school of art in Exeter was founded in 1854 and lived through several incarnations before merging with Polytechnic South West in 1988. Polytechnic South West became the University of Plymouth in 1992 and by 2000 had begun to move its provision to its main campus where as the Faculty of Art and Design, it lives on in the heart of the city of Plymouth.

Exeter College re-established the Exeter School of Art within the city in 2016. Ever mindful of the history of art education in Exeter and their responsibility in playing a continuing role in it.

The students have a unique, permanent exhibition space inside the cross platform walkway of Exeter Central railway station advertising the School of Art and Exeter college, whilst showcasing student work with large format prints supplied each year by Focal Point Imaging.

Brendan Barry, the Programme Manager for the Exeter College Photography Foundation degree says of the gallery:

"Our Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography, Fashion & Textiles, Illustration and 3D Design students produce work all year round of exceptional quality. The Walkway Gallery at Exeter Central Station traditionally showcases student work, changing each year to coincide with Art Week Exeter, supported by Focal Point Imaging, who have long been an invaluable friend and collaborator of Exeter School of Art and Exeter College. This year we wanted to celebrate the students themselves and show the world what an exciting, talented, engaged and ambitious bunch we have."

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Glastonbury-based Somerset Rural Life Museum

Glastonbury-based Somerset Rural Life Museum recently turned to the expertise of Fujifilm to help fulfill its brief of a major new commemorative exhibition.
Head of Design, Lawrence Bostock discovered a profile that said it could handle digital wallpaper, so he contacted Chas Halsey, the expert MD at Focal Point Imaging in Exeter.

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Mole Valley Farmers

The Design Studio of Mole Valley Farmers had a requirement for a large format printer to give them total control of their product artwork presentation boards.
They chose the Epson SureColor SC-P9000.

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Coombeshead Academy
Coombeshead Academy has invested in an Epson Surecolor SC-T5000 printer for large format digital printing within the school.

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Exeter based Stormpress, a print production and design service supplier with customers throughout the UK, recently approached Focal Point Imaging to discuss the replacement of their existing large format printer. Their brief was to source a machine with the versatility to create bespoke, fine art and photographic prints alongside high volume, fast turnaround poster reproduction.
"We wanted to be able to offer the best print quality possible, and this is what the SureColor SC-P9000 delivers."
Tristan Tripp
Digital Print Specialist

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GREAT NEWS for photographers

The team working on Gnu Image Manipulation Program have just released Gimp 2.10.
There are massive advantages over the previous version 2.8.xx
New features for 2.10 include support for 16 and 32 bit colour depth (Integer and floating point)
Built in accessibility for a number of Raw file plug ins
And improvements in just about all aspects of the program.
Gimp is a Free & Open Source Image Editor and runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.

Full details and download links available at : https://www.gimp.org/
Linux, Windows and Mac OSX installers are available on that page.
See this page for instructions on how to install on the newly released Ubuntu 18.04
The PPA repository can be found here


New Books for Photographer Keith Cardwell

Focalpoint have been printing for professional photographer Keith Cardwell for many years.
"What would we do without them... the Staff, the hands on technology plus their knowledge of what it requires to make Fine Crafted Work is, in my opinion second to none. I have been in photography for a mere 30 years and Trust is at the core of any relationship .... Focal point have mine".
Keith Cardwell better known as the loon from Sidcup!.  
Keith has commissioned a series of 7 books of his photography.
Alan has completed 2 (Bacon Street - images from London E1 and The Sidcup Cowboys)
Nearly finished is the 220 page book CUBA.


James Ravilious Archive

Some of you may already be aware of the wonderful project in which we are involved with Beaford Arts in making selected examples of the famed James Ravilious archive available for the public to buy.

It proved a real labour of love for us at Focal Point, who all knew James well, to help bring his study of life in Devon to a wider audience. Scanning his original negatives and trying not to drool over the contact sheets that told us the stories surrounding his well loved and iconic images.

The scanning portion of our part in the project took us nine months to complete, with three of us rotating the task. We benefited greatly, of course, in having access to Alan Winn who spent some time printing for James and gave us unique insight into how to prepare the files just as the great man himself would want them.

The results of our efforts are available to browse and purchase here -

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Training on Colour Management for Plymouth College of Art

Dear Chas and Ken,

Just wanted to say thank-you so much for arrange and making the time to come and see the HE Photo team yesterday. I had really positive feed back from the team, and everyone loved Kens fantastic way he makes such a scary subject so much more interesting yet keep us all captivating.

I hope you all have a cracking Christmas break.
All the very best
Luke and all the HE Photo team.


Stuart Keegan Masterclass at Plymouth College of Art

Monday 12th November saw Focal Point Imaging supporting Stuart Keegan at Plymouth College of Art, as he unravelled the dark arts of the darkroom with the students.

Harman/Ilford generously sponsored the event with materials so the students could experience the whole range of quality darkroom papers. If you feel that your College, University or group would like to have similar event then contact Chas on 01392 496066 or email : chas@focalpointimaging.co.uk

" The Ilford darkroom master class hosted by Stuart Keegan is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work along side an experience practitioner; enhancing their craft skills of silver based processes and techniques.
Stuart's wealth of knowledge leaves students hanging on every word, captivated by his knowledge and guidance. Stuart has enlightened our students with his simplistic but accurate approach to split grade printing, allowing our students to gain the most from their Ilford materials. Having Stuart visit Plymouth College of Art has been a rewarding experience and guaranteed to rekindle student's passion for the analogue processes."

Luke Broadway
Equipment Resource Centre Manager & Photographic Studio Coordinator 
Plymouth College of Art

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Bridgwater College Ilford Master class with Stuart Keegan

In early July Focal Point organised another successful Ilford darkroom Masterclass for technical and teaching staff, which was attended by over 20 people from various degrees of knowledge from various parts of the country.

Bridgwater College was the venue this time for its close proximity to the M5 corridor, which attracted 5 staff from Bridgend College in Wales. Stuart Keegan master printer presented his unique print map system, which takes the print through a sequence of steps to very easily produce quality images. It was very entertaining to see these members of staff quickly revert back to students, enjoying the experience, asking questions, comparing results and generally having a good time whilst renewing themselves with the pleasure of the darkroom.
A good lunch then back into the dark with Fibre based papers and fine arts papers, slowing down the process, but the end results were speaking for themselves.

A great day, more events planned, Plymouth College of Art will be the next venue in November, if you want more information or feel you would like to host an event then contact Chas on 01392 496066 for details.

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Coombeshead Darkroom

As part of Art and Photography course running at Coombeshead Academy the darkroom had become very important and with only 4 basic enlargers, things were getting very tight. The decision to expand gave Chas the opportunity to shop around and find 6 top quality enlargers with a vast range of accessories that would not have normally fitted within the budget.
Suitably installed as part of the deal, all the students could not wait to try the new kit, leaving the old enlargers looking rather sad and neglected, these older enlargers have now been re-furbished giving the facility 10 working enlargers. If you are looking to up grade, refurbish tired darkrooms then give Chas a call on 01392 496066 for advice and a quote.

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Epson Feed Guide

A corporate customer contacted us because they were having big issues with feeding large quantities of card through an Epson 9800 44” printer. They were experiencing skew and sliding issues, once we had seen the problems first hand an immediate solution of fixing guides to feed the card as you would on a desktop was adopted.

After a couple of designs and re-designs a prototype was fitted and it worked first time, in fact it is still fitted to the printer. Such was the success that a two new printers were purchased and converted to this solution to help with the increased volume of work.

So not only supply, but total support even outside the box is all part of the service provided by Focal Point, speak to Ken or Chas on 01392 496066 the worst they can say is no!

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The UNIQUE Exeter event incorporated Exeter's photographic history and the world of Photography on an unprecedented scale turning Exeter's Princesshay into a giant photo studio.