Past Present Future

Past Present Future

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All prints are handmade by Peter Ralston on archival rag paper with an archival ink set.

Small Matted Prints - This collection is printed on 8.5 x 11 inch sheets, matted, ready to be framed.

New Work - This open edition is a collection of images created since January 2004. They are printed on 17 x 22 inch sheets.

The Master Prints - This limited edition (LE) print is limited to 50 prints of this image plus ten artist proofs (AP). They are printed on 24 x 36 inch sheets.

Custom sizes of this image are available by special request. 

The story behind Past, Present, Future      

Inspired by the work of the great 19th century American painter, Fitz Hugh Lane, especially his paintings that so directly refer to the end of the age of sail, I thought to try juxtaposing some local symbols of the past, the present and the future within one image.

While Lane’s visual narrative was both dramatized and nostalgic, he nevertheless made an accurate and telling case for the fast approaching demise of the great era of sail and the advent of a game-changing new technology, steam power.

I had Lane fully in mind in creating this amalgam of different eras. Thanks to the Penobscot Bay Pilots I knew when one of the tankers was coming up the bay and that was that.

Here’s to those who preserve the past, those who inform the present and those working to make a sustainable future.

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