Flow Of Time

Flow Of Time

from 205.00

Maggie Given

It's like we float between moons.

You & I.

While our spirits play dot-to-dot with the stars.

The shadows come.

One thing leads to another.

The shadows go.

As always, the darkness dances with the light.

So up these stairs we step, surrender to this flow.

Ever so gently nearing the map of memories stamped on the sky above.

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“Tadao Andos' architecture became a bit of an obsession on this particular trip to Japan. These stairs feature in one of his buildings on Naoshima Island. I felt an immense connection to his work when I was within its presence and a deep curiosity to explore his dialogue between human spirit, nature and space. The way in which he incorporates the flow of time into his work is something that resonated with me so intensely. And because of this I would often find myself contemplating, in a rather nostalgic way, memories of days gone by as I explored the geometry of his architecture.”

Finer Space’s 2 penny worth:

This shot is perfectly framed, and we love the various lines leading off into different directions in this piece. Maggie has allowed a space for us to enter the staircase, but we don’t know where it leads to, or when it may come to an end.

As usual, Maggie captures that fleeting contrast between shadow and light beautifully. The shadows melt away from the rising staircase, sloping downwards, creating an interesting pull of direction. It makes us feel as though the choice is ours to make: descend, ascend... or take a seat halfway up in the sun, and ponder life.

Maggie mostly uses a precious older Nikon camera to shoot with film as opposed to digital. Film produces a slightly different feel to a photo - to compare the difference, see our other artist Douglas’s works, which are shot with a digital camera. We think the lovely tone, softness and grain of photos that have been shot with film suits Maggie’s aesthetic style and subject matter beautifully.

Where we’d hang it:

Our work space. There’s a calm orderliness to this piece that would we would love to compose and create beneath. We’re also pretty big fans of the work of architect Tadao Ando, and perhaps his genius will inspire us - who knows where our ideas may lead?

The Technical Details:

Maggie’s special photo has been printed onto Canson Rag Photographique. This beaut museum quality archival paper is a matte stock, 100% cotton, is 310gsm and a lovely bright white. It handles shadow detail and tonal variations beautifully. The inks used are fully archival Epson UltraChrome K3® pigment inks. They’re pretty special inks, and with the correct care this piece will last a lifetime.

There’s a thin white margin around this piece, which helps with framing (so the actual piece isn’t obscured by the frame), and importantly enables you to be able to pick up the artwork without touching it (oils from your hands can ruin the printed area).

This here is a quality piece of artisan craft.


Your prints will arrive in strong, acid-free clear polypropylene sleeves or sheets. We’ll pop the artwork in it’s sleeve into a super-duper strong kraft mailing tube so that it survives it’s journey to you completely unscathed. For more info, see our Quality and Sustainability section.

We also include a card with the artist’s story, as well as their story behind your chosen artwork.

Upon receiving your print

Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling. There is likely to be a slight curl as it has been resting inside the postage tube. Gently unfurl. Keeping the print within it’s protective cover, you can carefully weigh each corner (for example, with a book), to help the curl straighten out.

When you do take the print out of it’s protective cover, touch only the edges of the paper, and lift the print by the opposite corners.

We do include a little ‘how to care for your print’ piece with every artwork, so if your piece is intended as a gift the lucky recipient will have guidance.

Wondering what to do next? See our Handy Tips page, and in particular our notes on ‘Where should I place my artwork?’, ‘To frame or not to frame?’, and ‘How high should I hang my work?’