Discover affordable artwork photography from Richard Heeps

Discover affordable artwork photography from Richard Heeps

January 22, 2021

Guest Blog by Daisy Tinker at @asouthlondonstyle

Two years ago I moved into my small south London flat, and started the interiors Instagram account A South London Style with my sister Liv, not only as a way to document the progress with our interiors but also to highlight the small businesses we discovered along the way. We also set up our own business, @asouthlondonmakersmarket, which is how I first came to know about photographer Richard Heeps. He took part in one of our markets, and I instantly fell in love with his work, not only because I really admired his aesthetic, but because I'd been finding it really hard to find affordable artwork!

The majority of things I came across were super generic, of the same few locations or objects; they didn't excite me at all. I wanted photography that really reflected my style and complemented my interiors, that also felt personal to me. Not just something nice to look at, but something with meaning. So when I discovered Richard I was so so excited, not only because his photographs are highly original, and limited edition, but because they're all hand-printed by Richard in his own dark room, which to me makes them all the more special. 

Richard's incredible archive is expansive, with hundreds of shots dating from the current day back to the 1980s when his prolific career began. I had literally hours of fun flicking through every photograph; his raw, highly saturated photography captures the buzzy, busy and sometimes brutal character of the places he's travelled. My journey through Richard's work took me from the bustling streets of Hong Kong to a sun lounger in Palm Springs and a neon-lit shop window in New York, a whistle stop tour proving that beauty can be found anywhere if you look closely enough. 

Although his photography studio and darkroom are based in Cambridge, which is where Richard hand prints each photo (how romantic and amazing is that? A rare and time-consuming skill I think really sets Richard's work apart) his family history in London dates back more than 100 years so he has strong ties to the capital. Richard’s extensive collection of London photography pays homage to the colourful characters, iconic architecture and sense of wonder you feel so strongly in London, with special attention given to our food outlets: the unsung heroes of any city! The iconic curve of a salt shaker, the colourful shop fronts, the bubble of a humble fried egg; Richard's 2004 collection "Fast" captures little moments of joy that are often overlooked in the chaos of everyday life. 

I loved having the opportunity to travel back in time and experience my favourite city in the 80s, 90s and 00s through Richard's lens. Like delving into an exhibition in a gallery, but even better, because I can have a little slice of this rich history in my own home.

It was honestly difficult to choose, but here are my five favourites.

Chips in Chip Fryer - ‘Seasons’, Gloucester Road, London 2004

After looking through Richard’s extensive archive, this was the photograph I decided to buy for my office, which I've been trying to make more inviting and homely! I worked in a chippy for six years, so am a true advocate for all things battered! The fizzle of the oil in this photograph just felt so alive, and that iconic buttery yellow colour of the chips is absolute perfection. I’ve spent untold hours staring into a deep fat fryer waiting for chips to brown, so this photo felt like a little wink to those days. I bought it framed, saving me the hassle of measuring and ordering something separately, making it even more exciting when it arrived because I could hang it straight away. The box frame looks really smart; I was so impressed when I unboxed it, and even happier when I got it up on the wall. I absolutely love taking a moment to look at it as I work through the day, remembering how far I've come in my life from those chippy days.

Chips London Richard Heeps

Brutalist Symphony I, Barbican Estate, 2019

Continuing the London theme, this striking image of the Barbican just spoke to me so strongly. Have you ever done the Barbican’s architecture tour? If you haven’t I’d so recommend it; there’s so much thought behind every element of the building which was so interesting to learn about! Did you know: the texture in the Barbican’s concrete was done BY HAND. I love the you can see those chiselled dimples in the shadows on this shot. I know it’s not original to say, but the Barbican really is one of my favourite places in London, and I think Richard has captured the Brutalist architecture so poignantly. 

The Barbican London Richard Heeps

Palm Springs Poolside I, California, 2002

I. JUST. WANT. TO. DRINK. THIS. WHOLE. IMAGE. IN. I can feel the sun on my skin, I can smell the chlorine, I can hear the chinking of ice cubes. The angles, the colour combinations, the escapism! It would be like a sharp shot of juicy vitamin D for any room, and I think it would contrast beautifully against a chintzy wallpaper or super dark painted wall. 

Palm Springs Richard Heeps

Foyer V, Milan, 2019

One of my ultimate dreams in life is to live in an apartment in Italy where they have one of these time-worn-but-still-beautiful foyers. I absolutely love their faded glamour, and that so much time and effort was taken to making these sometimes forgotten areas just as elegant as any other room. This image really captures the spirit of classic Milanese architecture; that chic combination of tiles, columns, chandeliers. Just think of all all the lives and memories they've been a backdrop to.

Italian architecture Milan hallway interiors Richard Heeps

Swim-in-Pool Supply Co, Las Vegas, 2003

So many of Richard’s photographs celebrate cool signage. They really don’t make them like they used to! I love how he pays attention to these sometimes overlooked things; Richard is so good at finding beauty everywhere he goes. This retro pool sign reminds me of childhoods, fun, and endless summers. Every time I look at it, it makes me feel a little pang of happy nostalgia, that flippy feeling you get in your tummy when you slip down a slide and have absolutely zero cares in the world. 

Pool sign photography Richard Heeps

 

I feel really lucky to have discovered Richard's work, and actually own a small piece of it. I specifically wanted this photograph for my home office, as my new working from home situation means I'm spending a lot more time in this room. I've been trying to make it a more enjoyable space to work, think and create in, which for me means adding inspiring colours, textures and importantly, art! Richard's photograph has done just that: injecting some much needed life, movement and emotion into a previously plain space. It sits on the wall right next to my desk, keeping watch over on me as I work away.

Looking at my chippy photograph makes me feel so proud and happy; not only because I'm pleased to support the work of such a skilled and talented artist but because I bought it during a really poignant time in my life to represent how far I'd come from working in a chip shop, to running my own business! It's a thought provoking reminder, that I hope will always transport me back to this specific time in my life. And isn’t that what great photography is all about?

Check out my Richard Heeps photograph styled in my office over at @asouthlondonstyle.



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Size Guide & Artwork Description

Sizes may vary slightly from image to image as we make each composition from the negative individually, either showing Richard's signature ragged edge (white border) as he prints full frame or showing the film rebate (black border) often showing the film make. Where the image size varies we adjust the window mount in order to maintain a frame size so like for like sizes can hang together.

 

Format Stated Photographic Size Image Size cm Image Size Inches Mounted Size mm Mounted Size Inches Framed Size cm Framed Size Inches Price Unframed

Price Framed+AR70

Rectangle 6x9 or 35mm

9.5''x12'' 17.5x27cm 7''x10.25'' 380x380 15''x15'' 41x41x3.5cm 16''x16''x1.5'' £75 £125 + £20 

Rectangle 6x7

9.5''x12'' 21.5x26cm 8.5''x10.25'' 380x380 15''x15'' 41x41x3.5cm 16''x16''x1.5'' £75 £125 + £20

Square

9.5''x9.5'' 21.5x21.5cm 8.5''x8.5'' 380x380 15''x15'' 41x41x3.5cm 16''x16''x1.5'' £75 £125 + £20
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Rectangle 6x9 or 35mm

11''x16.5'' 28x44.5cm 11''x16.5'' 380x518 15''x20.5'' 41x54x3.5cm 16''x21.5''x1.5'' £100 £150 + £30
Rectangle 6x7 11''x13.5'' 28x34cm 11''x13.5'' 380x445 15''x17.75'' 41x47x3.5cm 16''x18.5''x1.5'' £100 £150 + £30
Square 11''x11'' 28x28cm 11''x11'' 380x380 15''x15'' 41x41x3.5cm 16''x16''x1.5'' £100 £150 + £30
Tape 11''x17.5'' 28x45cm 11''x17.5'' 380x550 15''x21.75'' 41x57x3.5cm 16''x22.5''x1.5'' £100 £150 + £30
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Rectangle 6x9 or 35mm 16''x20'' 34x51cm 13.5''x20'' 525x660 20.5''x26'' 55x70cm
Bx3.5cm
Wx5cm
22''x24''
B x1.5''
Wx3''
£180 £260 + £50
Rectangle 6x7 16''x20'' 42x51cm 16.5''x20'' 584x660 23''x26'' 60x70cm
Bx3.5cm
Wx5cm
24''x27.5''
Bx1.5''
Wx3''
£180 £260 + £50
Square RH 16''x20'' 45x45cm 18''x18'' 584x584 23''x23'' 60x60cm
Bx3.5cm
Wx5cm
24''x24''
Bx1.5''
Wx3''
£180 £260 + £50
Square HH + Space 20''x20'' 48x48cm 19''x19'' 584x584 23''x23'' 60x60cm
Bx3.5cm
Wx5cm
24''x24''
Bx1.5''
Wx3''
£270 £350 + £50
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Tape 43x59cm 17''x25'' 525x750 20.5''x29.5'' 55x77cm
Bx3.5cm
Wx5cm
22''x30.5''
Bx1.5''
Wx3''
£200 £295 + £70
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Rectangle
6x9 or 35mm
20''x24'' 39x58cm 15.5''x23'' 575x735 22.75''x29'' 60x77x5cm 23.5''x30.5''x5'' £300 £395 + £70
Rectangle
6x7
20''x24'' 48x60cm 19''x23.75'' 635x735 25''x29'' 67x77x5cm 26.5''x30.5''x5'' £300 £395 + £70
Square 24''x24'' 61x61cm 24''x24'' 735x735 29''x29'' 77x77x5cm 30.5''x30.5''x5'' £400 £495 + £70
Vinyl 27''x27'' 73x73cm 25''x25'' 735x735 29''x29'' 77x77x5cm 30.5''x30.5''x5'' £400 £495 + £70
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Rectangle
6x9 or 35mm
30''x40'' 61x93cm 24''x36.5'' 818x1090 32''x42'' 85x112x5cm 33.5''x44'x5'' £445 £595 + £105
Rectangle 6x7 30''x40'' 61x75cm 24''x30'' 818x970 32''x38'' 85x100x5cm 33.5''x39''x5'' £445 £595 + £105
Tape 30''x40'' 60x94cm 23''x37'' 777x1090 30.5''x42'' 80x112x5cm 31.5''x44''x5'' £445 £595 + £105
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Rectangle 6x9 or 35mm 40''x50'' 76x109cm 30''x43'' 940x1280 37''x50'' 98x130x5cm 39''x51''x5'' £895 £1095 + £200
Rectangle 6x7 40'' x 50'' 76x94cm 30''x37'' 940x1120 37''x44'' 98x115x5cm 39''x45.5''x5'' £895 £1095 + £200
Square 40''x40'' 76x76cm 30''x30'' 940x940 37''x37 98x98x5cm 39''x39''x5'' £895 £1095 + £200

 

Artwork Description 

Richard makes the c-type prints from negative in his own analogue colour darkroom in Cambridge. His paper of choice is Kodak Professional Endura Premier Gloss. When Richard has chosen to evolve the artwork, we work with Streamline Colour Lab. In our studio the print is dry-mounted to dibond which ensures a very flat image surface in both the short and long term. The prints are matted (window mounted) using a museum quality 100% cotton rag board especially manufactured to be compatible with the C-type archival Kodak photographic paper Richard uses. Richard does all mounting himself, using his precision engineering background to create the finished artwork. Eleanor fits the artworks to the frames. Traditionally photographic prints are signed and numbered on the back, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. They can be signed on the front of the mount by request. If you would like us to make a larger artwork that is possible, the sizes listed are the largest we can make in our darkroom but we can go larger with our printing partners so please get in touch to discuss it.

Framing Description  

Our frames are hand-made in the UK by Menor Photographic Fine Art Printing & Framing Specialists in Hertfordshire. We offer a choice of black or white wooden box frames which have depth to suit the size of the picture, the artwork set back from the glass. Our black frames are made from matt ebony stained obeche, in which you can see the detail of the wood grain whereas our white frames are made from beech and the wood grain is not visible. The wood is sustainably forested for both variations of frame. Artglass AR 70™ is a premium anti-reflective glass used by the finest museums around the world. If you would like to present you artwork in another way, we offer the choice to buy an unframed print only and can advise you on other options or recommend reputable companies to carry out the work.