Lush Naupaka (2018)

Kauai, Hawaii

Lush foliage of the Naupaka plant fill the frame in this intimate fine art landscape photograph taken in Kauai on the beach near Poipu. 

There are two varieties of the Naupaka, one growing near the sea called Naupaka Kahakai, the other in the mountain is called Naupaka Kauihiwa. Each bears what appears to be half of a blossom and when placed together, they form a perfect flower.

There are several local Hawaiian legends about these plants. One story tells of two lovers, forever separated by the vengeful wrath of the Volcano Goddess Pele. Pele’s home is believed to be the summit of Kilauea on the big Island. Pele had a very beautiful and loving sister named Princess Naupaka who she was jealous of because the people loved her. One day, Princess Naupaka was walking on the beach and noticed a very handsome young man standing in the water. When their eyes met, he smiled and told her his name was Kauai and she fell instantly in love with him. Naupaka went to her sister Pele to ask permission to marry Kauai. Pele told her sister she would go down to the beach the next day to meet this young man and would make her decision then. The next day when Pele saw Kauai, she found him very pleasing and decided she wanted him for herself. Pele told Kauai he had to come live with her. Kauai replied, “I cannot, for I met your sister, Princess Naupaka, the day before and I love her.” Enraged, Pele chased the couple up to the mountain, hurling fiery lava after them. Princess Naupaka, took a blossom from her hair, ripped it in two and gave Kauai half of it. Pele’s other sisters took pity on the young man and transformed him into the Mountain Naupaka, the same blossom Princess Naupaka was wearing in her hair. Pele then turned her vengeance on her sister, chasing her down to the ocean. Once again her sisters intervened and transformed the princess into Beach Naupaka. Both Naupaka plants exist today; one on the shore and the other up on the mountains, each blooming as half flowers. It is said that the lovers can be reunited when the flower of the Naupaka Kuaihiwi and the Naupaka Kahakai are joined together after they have been picked.

Photo © copyright by Matt Payne.

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Lush Naupaka (2018) print

Your artwork is printed on beautiful Epson Cold Press Bright White Fine Art Paper. This is by far my favorite paper print to use for fine art printing. It has a really nice rag texture and presents details in a stunning way. By default, I mount each print on 2mm styrene, which makes them ready to matte and frame. Please note that once you receive the print, you will need to be extremely careful with your method of handling the artwork so it is not damaged. Check out this video on this particular medium and why I think it looks so good!

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ChromaLuxe Fine Art Metal Print

Lush Naupaka (2018) print

ChromaLuxe Metal Prints are a fantastic budget-conscious option that preserves high details and color-rendition without sacrificing on quality. Each print's edges are finished to provide a smooth presentation and all four edges are rounded to prevent snags and cuts. 

My ChromaLuxe metal prints are finished with a float mount system on the reverse with a z-bar for effortless and secure hanging on delivery. No exterior framing is required. 

ChromaLuxe’s archival qualities, image brilliance, and durability make it an excellent all-around choice.

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The process of printing on this medium can rarely result in defects in the print medium that are barely noticeable. This is not something that can be controlled in the lab.

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TrueLife Acrylic Fine Art Masterpiece

Lush Naupaka (2018) print

Your fine art is printed on FujiFlex Crystal Archive - a polyester-based silver halide material which creates stunning museum-quality color prints. This medium shows the full depth and color range as I experienced and looks absolutely stunning. 

Once printed, the FujiFlex is placed behind TruLife acrylic and on top of another acrylic archival substrate. A special adhesive called Diasec is used to bond the fine art print to the acrylic. Unlike other methods of adhesion used by other photographers, Diasec is engineered to never separate, bubble, peel, or fail, so you can know your artwork will last several lifetimes. Also unlike other acrylic prints from other photographers, this mounting method prevents bowing of the print which is caused by expansion and contraction of the acrylic. 

Your fine art is Face Mounted on lens-grade optically clear 1/8″ TruLife Anti-Reflective acrylic. This revolutionary product delivers the highest-resolution viewing experience of photographic artwork available today. TruLife acrylic is also scratch resistant, helping preserve the life of the print.

Ambient and directed light that shines through the face of these prints is accentuated by the acrylic glass, creating a 3-D or back-lit feel that will absolutely astonish you. 

The Acrylic Face Mount comes ready to hang with a z-bar hanging system. An acrylic face mount piece of art will look great against most any wall type. 

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