Materials 101: Photography by Station 28.5

Photography. Is it just us or does this medium of art feel just a bit more confusing?

What size do I need for my space? What material should I have it printed on? Framed or not framed? Is it always limited edition? Help!

We hear you.

Today we're covering some of the most common questions about one of our most revered photographer's work, Station 28.5.

Let's start with the material options:

What's the difference between an archival photograph on paper, acrylic and aluminum/HD metal? 

Well friends, we've got a full run down on Jason Ogden of Station 28.5's photography that'll help you choose the best material for your collection. Let's do this!

1. Archival Paper

So, what is archival paper? In a simple answer, it's paper that is designed to last a long time. The specialized ink is fade resistant and the paper itself is acid free. This means that as long as you frame your photography with archival materials and keep it out of direct sunlight, your image should look new for a very long time.

Why we love it
Photography on paper makes your dollar go a long way. Depending on your frame selection you can fill a pretty large space with an original, framed photograph for under $400. Additionally, we see 12x16 and 12x18 inch photos gifted throughout the year for weddings, birthdays, holidays, and thank you gifts! 


Up Close Container Ship Series | Archival paper | 20" x 16"

2. Acrylic 

Alright, so technically these photos are not on acrylic, they are under acrylic. This form of photography display was popularized in the early 2000s by some of the art world’s most famous photographers. The process includes photograph imagery being fused with a primed piece of metal and then a very, very high quality sheet of acrylic (plexi glass, sort of) is then fused on top. 

Why we love it

This method is impressive for a handful of reasons, but we love the optimal definition and color accuracy that acrylic photography provides. Unlike paper that has a natural tooth (texture), acrylic allows the viewer to see a true-to-the-eye image of the subject matter. 

Yorktown Express | Acrylic | 30" x 60"

3. Aluminum

Aluminum, also referred to as HD metal, has a similar production process as acrylic photography. Instead of the acrylic layer being placed on top, HD metal prints are given a layer of protective varnish. This layer can be shiny or flat. We believe that a subtle shine really accentuates the bold colors and details in Station 28.5 photography, so this is our standard option offered.

Why we love it

Hang your art right up! Your statement piece is ready to hang up as soon as you receive it. Like the acrylic option, your hardware will arrive in the mail and with the twist of a screw or two, you’re in business!

Also, the artist plate on the back of the artwork is a nice touch - there you’ll find Jason’s signature and an edition number if you selected a limited edition print.

Blue Marsh | Aluminum | 24" x 36"

Installation Inspiration 

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the different types of photography material and why we love them. 

You can find all of Station 28.5 photography here! If you have any questions, please email us at  

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