While You Were Gone

While You Were Gone

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Maggie Given

I didn't know where I was going.

But I wasn't scared like I used to be.

I trusted the path.

And for the first time in a long time, I trusted myself.

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“I took this image in the backstreets of Nara, completely lost as I broke away from familiar tourist traps to quieter streetscapes. For me this image captures my fascination with time.

Past, present, and future.

Wisdom and history and their tension with technology and the future.

I feel like the mesh of modernity and history is a constant theme in the streets of Japan. Totally fascinating to me.

Memories of a past. Desires of the future.”

Finer Space’s 2 penny worth:

In the foreground, the new - a vending machine with the modern world reflected in the glass: a frantic web of electrical wires; cars; and a person on their mobile. But our attention is drawn towards the background - the traditional, where the figures present a image of grace, dignity and calmness.

We’re instilled with a sense of hope. It makes us want to follow the figures down the road of old and see where they may lead us, and what we may learn from them.

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.

Which space?

This photo fills us with a sense of optimism and inspiration. We’d love it in our work space to remind us that there’s always old wisdom to be re-discovered and wonder to be had - just around the corner.

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?’

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