The works of Mike & Madeleine Bülow are printed on a fine art printer
Epson Stylus Pro 11880 or Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000
, printed with a print width of up to 160 cm.
This is where UV-resistant inks (original Epson Ultrachrome K3 Vivid Magenta inks) come into play.
Get together with the very high-quality, popular and UV-resistant Canson Photo Luster Premium RC 310 g / sqm photo paper
we have a theoretical shelf life of up to 200 years without loss of color to the human eye.
The works by Mike & Madeleine Bülow are also coated with UV-resistant, scratch-resistant,
anti-reflective and anti-static museum acrylic or glass framed which guarantees additional durability.
The tests carried out by the independent American Wilhelm Imaging Research Institute on the current Epson Ultrachrome K3 Vivid Magenta pigment inks have, depending on the print medium and color mode used, predicted a shelf life of up to 200 years. You can find the exact test results for many papers and printers at www.wilhelm -research.com or download it from our download page.
Each work is printed only once (One of a kind!)
Even the print file is deleted after the frame.
This exhibition has been accepted. Our list is constantly changing. We are always in the test phase and looking for new technology that meets our requirements. The reason is that the demand for larger and larger images is increasing and we therefore have to grow with technology. We are currently working with the Hasselblad H5D 50C, HC Macro f / 4 120mm II Lens & Canon 5D SR, studio flashes from Walimex (Pro VC-600 Excellence), radio trigger from Pixel King Pro & PocketWizard Plus III, tripod Manfrotto 055XPPROB on casters. As a new project we want to test the Phase One & Canon 5DS R as well as flashes from Profoto and integrate them into our creative work.
Answer: We don’t like to commit ourselves and keep trying new things. Just don’t stand still! We find ourselves in constantly growing processes that we incorporate into our work with oil paint, acrylic paint, powder or even a liquid made by us. This is then recorded through photography.
Do you also need flash units?
What photo technology do you work with?
Answer: Yes absolutely, they are one of the most important parts of our work. Studio flashes with a very fast recharge time are very important to capture every moment. The flashes are mounted on rollable tripods in order to change the light situation quickly.
How long have you been photographing in this style or since when have you been shooting at all?
Answer Mike: I’ve always been taking photos, it was a secret passion besides music. I discovered more and more my interest and talent for photography, especially abstract art and the unconventional. Together with my wife I have been combining painting and photography for about 3 years. Photography is part of our artistic expression and the camera is a tool to capture the merging of colors.
You now have many thousands of fans of your work. Is there a recipe for success?
Answer: In art you can’t really work towards success, you can only follow your creativity and work passionately at it. When it reaches and inspires many people, it is a great pleasure for us.
How long does a picture take from the idea to be completed?
Answer: It can take 2 to 4 weeks and over 1000 shots to find the right motif for us. In addition, there is preparation for printing. For us it is and remains a creative process that cannot always be controlled. Over the years, however, there have been works that were on the wall very quickly.
Do you split up?
Answer: Working together is harmonious, no one can do without the other. However, our roles are clearly assigned.
Do you always work with a black background?
Answer: yes. However, this only plays a subordinate role, as the high shutter speed automatically darkens the background.
Is there still a lot going on in image processing? And if so, what?
Answer: Not very much anymore if we did everything right. If so, it’s just a few adjustments, mostly in Camera RAW or PHOCUS. The works get more expression, which we needed for the later fine art print. It is important to us to create the best possible situation right from the start, which saves us a lot of post-processing. Fixed post-processing are adjustments in contrast, dynamics, clarity, lens correction and color temperature. Here and there small bumps are removed.
Answer: We are open to new impulses and inspiration and will never stop treading new and unconventional paths. Creativity is like a source that can ultimately become a torrent
Where can you see your pictures? Are there exhibitions?
Answer: yes. There have been exhibitions in Salzburg, Berlin, London and currently also in Ibiza City. We currently have gallery and trade fair inquiries from Monaco, Dubai, France, New York and Germany, which we are trying to implement as soon as possible. In Germany we will still decide on galleries by the end of the year. In 2016 we take part in the charity art auction for Placet with many other renowned artists. We will inform all interested parties in good time via our web or Facebook page.
You handle colors. Are your shoots always spotless?
Answer: Free of stains? No, definitely not. The world is colorful and so is our life. Of course, Madeleine could always pull out the cleaning rag immediately and wipe it off. But just a spotty day also promises to have achieved a lot. You could also say: We show our colors!