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) collection of 25 images were selected as especially important to the artist. This edition is limited to 50 prints of each image plus ten artist proofs (AP). They are printed on 24 x 36 inch sheets.
The story behind Noon, January
The sun hangs low in the sky - twenty three degrees at noon in January - but upon December’s Winter Solstice at least we know that we have once again turned the corner, each day now bringing a little more light.
That’s what we keep telling ourselves.
In January there is a lot of winter left; in so many ways not easy, but definitely not without its charms.
The quiet is the best of it, especially profound on the days without wind. The air is colder, thus denser…and the silence itself sounds different.
No people, no bustle, no nothing. Yet in this seeming void, my senses always come especially alive, and this was one of those days. It was very cold and I was out just walking around North Haven.
When you are heavily bundled against the cold you move more slowly, and when your head is swaddled, and movement requires more awareness, the sound of your own breath becomes very intimate.
It all sinks into you, as would the presence of another person. Yet, blissfully, there was no one. This is an island with a year-round population of just over three hundred, yet that day I might as well have been marooned alone. It was perfect.