As much as I love working on making the picture, I absolutely love how it looks when you are finally done with it and print it. I really get into checking out how different papers just make images look different. The prints are what are going to be up on the wall – they’re the things that are sold. To that, its important to see how the print will hold up, not just when I print it.. but when I put it somewhere and walk by it later.
The great part about where I work is that we have these stands dotting our hallways. Anyone can print something and place it there – giving you a chance to check out how you feel about the print as you walk by it later, as well as to show others what you’re working on. In this instance, i’ve printed the Koloa print on an Epson 4900 printer (which I absolutely love) on Hahnemuehle paper (Matt Cotton Textured).
I think when you’re looking at Fine Art papers like Hahnemuehle you have this impression that a specific type of image belongs on the paper. I like to print all sorts of different styles of Photography on the paper and see how it fairs. Because HDR tends to look so painterly – I think that the textured fine art paper really makes it sing.
After walking by it for a few days, I can think to myself “Yeah.. cool.. this is something that i’d be OK selling or giving to someone” or “What was I thinking processing it this way” and go back to the drawing board. I think revisiting your work – be it at the print, or on the screen – can give you a lot of perspective when looking at your own work. I just happen to love the print process.