Stephanie and mustachioed gentleman at the Self-Realization Fellowship
How often do you re-evaluate your artistic process? I've realized that too much time has passed for me since I have reconsidered how I get my images from the negative to the paper. How the type of paper changes the way the image is perceived. How I exhibit that print - framed? mounted? big? small? mat or no mat? alternative printing processes? There are so many options and I've been doing the same thing since college. I talked this over with Greg last night, he is so wonderful in the way he helps me sort out my thoughts. There are lots of things I want to play around with, but I'm going to start with my printing and paper choices.
Maybe what I've been doing is the best approach for my work but I think that to grow as an artist and perfect my craft, I need to reevaluate this from time to time.
It's sad, but it seems since I've left college and entered the "real world", experimention and exploration of how I put my photos into the world has taken a back seat. When I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to show my work, I stick with what works because of time and financial limitations. I don't make prints of everything anymore like I used to, partially because I can see everything on my monitor (remember the days of only having contact sheets?!). But it's also because I know they'll just sit in box and that seems wasteful. Maybe it's not...maybe it is very worthwhile to keep my printing skills sharp.
I would love to hear from other photographers - what is your process? Do you make your own prints? Shoot film or digital? How are you printing? What are you printing on? Why do you chose the methods you do? Since I lost darkroom access, I have been scanning my negatives on an Epson V700 and printing on Epson Semi-Matte on a 3800. My decision for this process was because it was the closest I felt I could get to my Endura N Surface C-prints.
I would especially like to hear paper recommendations from anyone... I want to experiment and see what's out there. I know inkjet printing has come a LONG way.
If you have the time, shoot me an email [liz at lizcockrum dot com] or leave a comment. Maybe we can learn from each other :)