The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

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Maggie Given

The beating memories of my heart floated through the streets.

And in that moment I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

Nothing else mattered but you, me & the city.

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“This was shot as I found myself lost in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The streetscape totally stopped me in my tracks as I was instantly attracted to the geometry and colours that lay before me. It did indeed feel like I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I stood and observed for some time, half and hour, maybe more, and then in the distance I spotted this solo orange taxi and I waited for the shot to unfold. It was like time slowed, colours synced and my shutter somehow released at just the right moment.”

Finer Space’s 2 penny worth:

As we enter Maggie’s dream-like realm, we feel like we’re encountering the outside from a safe, enclosed space. We peer out into a calm world carefully framed by mint green infrastructure, enhanced by pops of tangerine.

As she mentions above, Maggie is in the right place at the right time to capture this superb shot. As we view this piece we certainly appreciate a sense of serendipity, and our thoughts are led to the concept of time. As the road gently slopes away and the car gains momentum, it feels as though we’re snatching a fleeting glimpse of the slide from the stillness of now into the unknown of tomorrow. There’s a sense of serene expectation.

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?

There are some deliciously calming cooler hues in this piece. We’d really love to see this framed and hung as a centrepiece above the place where you escape to take a long soak in a bath, book in hand and dreams in plenty.

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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