Several years ago, Halkides said he'd never use a digital camera nor print his work outside the darkroom. Although he has had numerous exhibits and shows featuring his darkroom-created prints, his opening exhibit at the new Redding City Hall in 2004 was his first exhibition to feature his large digital "mega Giclée prints," either from a digital capture camera back or scanned from his large format view camera, photographic negatives and printed digitally on an archival Epson 9900® photographic printer — in other words, a Giclée. In fact, this exhibit was the first for Halkides to be made up of only archival Giclée prints, printed totally by Halkides in his digital "darkroom" The Giclée has now become his medium of choice, and he now uses an Alpa® View Camera exclusively with a PhaseOne 80-megapixel digital back, the IQ180, providing the highest obtainable digital capture image resolution available today, surpassing even the 4x5 film format he used for over 40 years and even better quality than 8x10 film. His mega prints are near mural size, a print one art buyer described as "almost big enough to walk into," or at least explore more thoroughly. These mega Giclée prints create a very different feel, a different perspective from the same images in smaller reproduction, and really need to be seen in full size to appreciate. These prints usually are in the realm of 42" x 60-70", but he goes bigger — wall-size murals on occasion.
Halkides displays his work at Gallery833 in Redding, California.
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Halkides' image, Magic Forest in Mist, was selected by Serban Publishers (publishers of Photographer's Forum) from over 28,000 entries for honorable mention in their 1995 international competition and was published in that organization's annual, The Best Photography of 1995, which is submitted to art buyers worldwide. This same image received the Peoples' Choice Award at the 1995 Shasta County Arts Council Competition for Northern California.
In June of 1996, Roselli Art Gallery of Redding sponsored a one-person photography show for Halkides featuring works from several of his portfolios, and the gallery has continued to represent him in Redding. Several of his images also hang in Studio 26, a cooperative gallery in Redding.
In September 1997 his image, Monastery Agia Triada, received the Award of Excellence from Shasta County Arts Council's juried competition. In November-December 1997, he hung his third one-person art show at the Shasta County Art's Council Gallery at Old City Hall, Redding, California. Other awards include Storm Over Denali, selected First Place in the Color Division of works submitted to the national juried photography competition sponsored by St. Simons Island Art Association and Glynn Art Association at St. Simons Island, Georgia.
In 1998, Halkides spent two weeks photographing parts of Ireland and its people, and then four weeks photographing the Himalayan country of Bhutan and parts of Thailand in Southeast Asia. In March-May 2000, he had a one-person photography show at the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company Gallery, in Los Gatos, California. He had a one-person, black-and-white photography show at the Shasta County Arts council in March-April 2001 to display his body of work of the People of Bhutan.
Having traveled during the past several years to Bhutan, Thailand, Greece, Turkey, Scotland, Ireland, Italy Portugal, and India, Halkides has portfolios of both beautiful landscapes and candid portraits of the people of these locations.
Although his experience with photography and printing predates his college years, he studied photography at Humboldt State University and while there, worked as an assistant to a professional photographer in Eureka, California. He later earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He has studied under John Sexton and Joe Englander, two of Ansel Adams' better-known assistants, as well as Richard Garrod, and has taken numerous additional photographic workshops.
Halkides taught workshops for Joe Englander for several years and has led workshops to Ireland; Athens and the Greek Island of Crete during the Greek Easter Holiday; the Oregon coast; Yosemite in late May while dogwoods are in bloom and waterfalls are at their peak; the Olympic National Park and Rain Forests in August; then to Arizona and Utah for Slot Canyons, Monument Valley, and Canyon de Chelly. Halkides frequently leads workshops in the Northern California Coastal Redwoods. In 2004 he spent nearly a month photographing Italy and in 2005, nearly a month photographing India.
Halkides has published two articles related to photography, both in the
professionally oriented magazine Photo Techniques, and has been
asked by several manufacturers to test and evaluate their equipment. While
he caters to all design professionals and ad agencies, he has developed
a particularly strong market and demand among professional interior decorators
for both homes and commercial buildings.
For individual art buyers, prints are available in several sizes. See the individual galleries to order and for information about the paper and printing techniques used.
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