Rifles

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Title: Rifles

Artist: John Barton

A close call at Rifles in the Northern Mentawai Island.

As we motored towards the line-up, we could hear the hoots as people and boats alike scrambled to get out of the way of the dark lines of water that were approaching the reef.

I stood precariously on the slippery bow of a narrow wooden Mentawai surf boat and did my best not to fall into the drink as all the surfers in my boat shifted their weight around to try and get a look at what was unfolding.

The unsuspecting boat driver in front of us had been lighting a cigarette and was unaware of what was thundering down the reef towards him. Luckily he’d heard the call of one of the surfers in the foreground and ripped his outboard motor to life just in time to spin his boat towards the approaching wave and give it just enough juice to get up the face without launching off the back. As he went over, the surfer – Drew Meredith – held his composure in the tube while no more that 6ft in front of him, the prop churned and chandeliered the lip as he passed underneath. Drew stood tall as he came out of the tube and the boat slammed down onto the water on the other side – causing the engine to cut off. Luckily the boat had enough momentum to just sneak over the empty wave behind it. Literally one second later and there probably would’ve been a much gnarlier outcome to that situation.

This luckily timed image was my first image to ever make it to the pages of a surf mag and even though it’s and old photo, I don’t think it’ll ever get old for me.

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Australian photographer John Barton has cemented a name for himself through his documentation of surf culture and indigenous cultures in wild, remote, and idyllic locations across the globe. With a unique command of natural light, John’s work embodies the dreamlike visions that inspire his journey. His ambition is to share his love for nature and travel and to inspire wanderlust in those who view his work. John has a hunger for high-speed action and an eye for the ethereal. The balance of these elements in his photography has led to a long list of accolades and awards and has seen his work regularly featured on the pages and covers of magazines, online media and branded commercial campaigns worldwide.

The Printing Process

Tracks print art is printed on the highest quality paper available. Your Print will be created using the finest archival materials and processes to ensure the best possible quality. It will be printed on Hahnemuhle 100% Cotton Rag using Epson Ultrachrome inks for maximum stability. Hahnemühle makes unique papers for unique works of art. Since 1584 they have been producing paper of unparalleled quality for artistic and graphic use.

All Tracks print artwork is professionally produced by one of Australia’s premier photographic labs, Created For Life. Established over 30 years ago, CFL has a well-respected name in the industry and continue to provide services for some of the country’s top professionals. You can be confident that when you purchase a stunning artwork from the Tracks Print Store that it will be produced with the highest attention to detail and craftsmanship possible.

Each print is available as; unframed (print only), framed print (raw, black or white wooden frame), or acrylic face mount.

Image sizes: 

Extra Small

Print only size: 280 x 400 mm
Finished frame size: 420 x 536 mm
Finished acrylic  size: 280 x 400 mm

Small

Print only size: 508 x 762 mm
Finished frame size: 898 x 649 mm
Finished acrylic  size: 508 x 762 mm

Medium

Print only size: 678 x 1016 mm
Finished frame size: 1152 x 819 mm
Finished acrylic size: 678 x 1016 mm

Large

Print only size: 856 x 1270 mm
Finished frame size: 997 x 1406 mm
Finished acrylic size: 856 x 1270 mm

X-Large

Print only size: 1524 x 1016 mm
Finished frame size: 1650 x 1147 mm
Finished acrylic size: 1524 x 1016 mm

Framed Print – three looks white, black and raw timber.

Acrylic Face mount: 4.5mm thick with 1.2 mm aluminium on the back.

The Framing Process

Your Print will be expertly framed with your choice of a sustainable timber frame. Then it will be finished with lightweight, optically clear, museum grade acrylic which offers 95% protection against UV rays. It will undergo one final inspection, before being securely packed for shipping. If your print is not being framed, it will be carefully rolled with cotton interleave and placed into a cylinder for delivery.

TIMBER FRAMES

We have selected three framing options that we believe complement the images perfectly and allow them to really stand out. With both white, black and Tassie oak options, our quality framing suits a range of settings and styles. We do not use basic framing glass, instead, we use high-quality acrylic. This acrylic is lightweight, protects against 99% of UV rays and is shatterproof.

ACRYLIC FACE MOUNT

Acrylic face mounting is one of the most impressive and striking ways to display your photographic print. Your print is mounted behind acrylic and the back is covered with specially treated aluminium. This process will completely protect your image from front to back. Your image is mounted edge to edge and creates a beautiful frameless finishes. Each piece is professionally finished with hand-polished edges. We use 4.5mm optically clear, Museum Grade Acrylic which has 99% UV protection. Acrylic is extremely safe to use, as it is shatter resistant and provides exceptional protection from sunlight, weather and temperature extremes. Once hung, your print floats approximately 16mm off the wall. You can be assured that you will receive an absolutely perfect, high-quality finish. The result is truly spectacular.

PRINT ONLY

Of course, you can also select the ‘print only’ option and frame the image as you please. All photos are printed on premium Hahnemuhle Ultra Smooth Photo Rag 305gsm paper giving each image incredible colours and luminosity. 

Shipping

Each print art piece is created upon order and takes between 3 weeks to print, mount, frame and ship to you. International orders will take longer.

Returns

Each print art piece is printed and framed just for you in the size and frame of your choice. That means we are unable to accept returns or exchanges. We are also unable to make any changes or cancellations to orders after 24 hours.

If for any reason your new artwork arrives in anything other than perfect condition you will need to notify us within 24 hours of receiving the art and we will repair or replace the artwork.