Capturing Life on Canvas
So often, photos remain merely space-fillers on a camera memory card or a smartphone. Records of precious memories are deleted and images vanish from view, and memory, forever.
Photographer and owner of Xpressart, Colin Tyler feels strongly that photos are to be seen, shared, and enjoyed.
“People can come in and download their photos from their phones, cameras or memory cards very easily. They can have their images printed
or have them printed on canvas, or even aluminium or glass.”
The Kodak kiosks in the Highbury Centre store even allow customers
to link in to Facebook to enable them to print photos from their social
As well as creating quality canvasses from A5 up to “very large”, Colin has a stunning range of photographic art for sale. Some are Colin’s own works, others from fellow local photographers.
He said: “When people buy a canvas from here, they know they are not going to see it all over the place! These are locally-produced images which are not mass produced to a wide market.”
Auckland city skylines are always popular, as are sunrises and sunsets taken around the North Shore.
For Mother’s Day, Xpressart has some great gift ideas. Colin said: “We can scan in children’s art work and print it onto canvas to make a really special, personal Mother’s Day gift.” Xpressart can also produce a combination of photography and artwork to create a unique piece of wall art.
Colin recently experienced a stark reminder of the importance of good photograph storage and printing out treasured pics. He had a customer who came to him recently, having dropped his laptop. On it were over 5000 photographs spanning years of memories. Colin managed to retrieve these, much to the delight of the customer. But it was a near-miss warning that he wanted to share with others about the risks of storing images in one place, and never printing any out.
Give Mum a gift that she will treasure for a lifetime this Mother’s Day and keep memories alive with photo art.
Xpressart, Highbury Centre, Cnr Highbury Bypass and Mokoia Roads, Birkenhead. Phone: 486 1559.