There was an unintended bonus during my trip to Japan last month. I brought back with me a pack of Ilford Galerie Prestige Washi Torinoko paper for testing.
Ilford Galerie Prestige Washi Torinoko paper beautifully emulates the look and feel of traditional handmade Japanese paper. It is finely textured, has a matte finish with an off-white base color, archival and has a paper weight of 110gsm.
It is also acid free and has no optical brighteners.
(Optical brighteners or Optical brightening agent is normally used in producing commercial grade inkjet paper. Its main purpose is to make the white paper base look whiter. A paper with optical brighteners will reduce the longevity of the image printed upon it.)
We’ve done several test prints using Ilford Galerie Prestige Washi Torinoko paper and we liked the results.
Black and white images had a creamy tinge which made me recall the look of the warm tone black and white paper that I used in the past when I still had a traditional wet film darkroom.
One viewer remarked that color images printed on Ilford Galerie Prestige Washi Torinoko reminded him of hand colored black & white images.
Some images are best enhanced and gain visual impact when their tones and color are slightly muted.
We will continue testing and post results as we go along.
Feel free to view our sample Ilford Galerie Prestige Washi Torinoko prints at ShutterMaster Pro QC or at our booth at the upcoming PhotoWorld Asia 2017 event at Glorietta Mall, Makati.