Visions of Another Continent

– A Colorful Balcony of Feathers –

by Fernando Paramio

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A colorful balcony of feathers (balcón plumicromado)


Although we do not realize it, amongst the first sounds that we hear when we arrive to a city are the birds’ singings. In my case, the first that caught my attention just after arriving in Melbourne was a bird couple two meters above me, calmly enjoying a perfect day. There they were, unaware of their importance to me, being the first time in my life that I saw birds like them. Until then, I was ignorant about their existence and I gaze at them as though they were a new species recently created.

I found many other unknown birds in Australia. Others, also living in Europe, surprised me both in nature and the middle of the cities, replete with green areas, inviting birds to explore urban zones.

This artwork shows an old European balcony that resembles a rickety birdcage. I image the great number of birds that could find rest in its structure.

This artwork has been awarded with an “Honorable Mention” in the international photographic competition “Chromatic Awards”, 2017, professional fine art category.


Significance of the artwork:

This artwork shows us that getting old does not mean getting ugly: beauty finds its way to keep shining.


Media selection (paper finish)

Matte – artist’s recommendation (Edition Etching)

This artwork looks extraordinary both with matte and satin paper. Many visitors to my gallery initially think that this is a painting, not a mixing of photographs. And it happens with both paper finishes.

Although hard to decide, I prefer a matte finish, using Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag 310gsm, a slightly textured matte paper, which provides a subtle pictorial appearance, more poetic, in line with the artwork look and story.

Satin – optionally (Baryta & Platine)

A satin finish paper will provide a more photo-realistic appearance to this artwork. And it also looks beautiful with this artwork. In fact, it is probably a better media to represent the window glasses than the matte paper, although overall I prefer the matte look.

If you look for a more literal look, with deeper blacks and higher contrast, and you are not a fan of matte papers, then go for this option. Just be aware that this paper has some reflections and it will be more important to control the lighting of the room. I will use Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag (Palace edition) and Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique (rest of editions)

Technical info


End of creation: 2018


Birds – Australia

Balcony – Spain

Main gear

Canon EOS 5Ds-R & 5D mark III

Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM


Print relevant info

Printed by the author using his own printer (total quality control)

Printer: Canon Imageprograf PRO-6000 (outstanding quality)

Inks: original Lucio PRO inks (12 pigmented inks)

Museum quality paper (norm 9706; long-lasting properties)

Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag 310 g/m2 (matte)

– Also available in satin paper:

Canson Infinity Platinum Fibre Rag 310 g/m2 (Palace Edition)

Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique 310 g/m2 (rest of editions)

White margin for signing and numbering (information below) 

With certificate of authenticity, signed and numbered

Scale, dimensions & margins

A3 Edition

Total size: 29.7 x 42 cm – 11.7×16.5″

Image size: 24.7 x 34 cm – 9.7 x 13.4″

White margin: 2.5 x 4 cm – 1 x 1.6″

A2 Edition

Total size: 42 x 59.4 cm – 16.5 x 23.4″

Image size: 34.8 x 48 cm – 13.7 x 18.1″

White margin: 3.6 x 5.7 cm – 1.4 x 2.2″

Gallery Edition

Total size: 74 x 111.8 cm – 29.1 x 44″

Image size: 72.5 x 100 cm – 28.5 x 39.4″

White margin: 4.3 x 5.9 cm – 1.7 x 2.3″

Museum Edition

Total size: 111.8x154cm – 44×60.6″

Image size: 100x138cm – 39.4×54.3″

White margin*: 5.8x8cm – 2.3×3.1″

Château Edition

Total size: 127.0 x 175 cm – 50 x 68.9″

Image size: 115 x 158.7 cm – 45.3 x 62.5″

White margin: 6 x 8.2 cm – 2.4 x 3.2″

Palace Edition

Total size: 152.4×210 cm – 60×82.7″

Image size: 140×193 cm – 55.1 x 76″

*White margin*: 6.2×8.4cm – 2.4×3.3″

* A different white margin width is possible under request


  • Conceived, executed and printed by the artist
  • Visually pleasing, intellectually stimulating and emotionally alive
  • Museum quality paper and long-lasting properties
  • Exclusive limited editions to protect this art investment
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