Printing, and more printing

Last weekend, I was having a frustrating time trying to get 50 A3 prints done for the gallery in the USA. One week later and I’m relieved to report that they are nearly finished. I enjoy printing (except when big orders with deadlines arrive during an already busy time!); there’s something really special about printing your work on beautiful fine art paper. The ephemeral becomes tangible, a tactile artefact rather than a collection of pixels on a screen.

Some of the 50 print order destined for Sohn Fine Art Gallery in USA

The joy of printing was very much in evidence on Monday and Tuesday, when we finally managed to run our two-day printing workshop. We’ve had to postpone this workshop 3 times, thanks to COVID, so it felt extra good to be able to meet face-to face (with the proper precautions, of course). Day one is classroom learning, all about colour management, calibration, profiling etc. The second day is my favourite of all the classroom workshops we run, as we work with the clients on editing and printing their work. By the end of the workshop, the classroom is strewn with beautiful prints and there’s an amazing buzz in the air. My colleague, Adrian Beasley, and I are blessed with lovely clients – they encourage each other so much. Eight clients, 60 prints, and a whole lot of fun and learning later, I’m exhausted, but in a really good way.

I am grateful to Fotospeed for their printing support

As the workshop finished and everyone else headed home, I logged in to Zoom to give a presentation to Wymondham Photographic Society. I enjoy presenting, although I admit that it’s more fun in person than online. When the pandemic hit, I found the transition to Zoom quite easy but I miss the face-to-face feedback you get when presenting in person. ‘Never present to your slides’ was always a mantra and now it’s exactly what I have to do! Wymondham is a small club and it was one of the smallest audiences I’ve ever had but they didn’t quibble at paying a proper fee. That’s so refreshing when a lot of clubs with four times as many members expect a professional to give up several hours of their time (when you factor in the endless emails beforehand and the preparation time), for considerably less than you’d pay a plumber. I value my time and I won’t present to those clubs. Wymondham’s audience may have been small but it was fully engaged and asked a lot of really good questions – a pleasure.

Some pictures from Ghost in the Shell

The rest of the week was devoted to online 1-2-1 sessions with clients, a lengthy meeting at the HQ of a potential sponsor and completing a written interview for The Phoblographer. This is the first interview I’ve had about my Ghost in the Shell series and it was good to have some different questions to answer. ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is probably the body of work I’ve enjoyed most since I created ‘Sirens’. The pictures are quiet and don’t demand the sort of instant attention garnered by my more well-known portfolio, so I’m happy to see them having some recognition.

So, a busy week and one in which I found no time at all to create new photos. I’ve diarised some photography time for next week and am excited to get back out onto the shore.

Exhibition awards

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Last week was my camera club’s annual exhibition. I was lucky enough to receive several awards and, at the risk of blowing my own trumpet, thought I would record the successful images here. A better-edited version (my internet is down and this is the only version I have on my iPad) of the top image, Sprinkler Fun, won Best Projected Digital Image (PDI) in the exhibition and was used as the image on the Exhibition flyer.

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Rose Explorer Best Print in the Exhibition and Best Nature Print.

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Who, or what, are you? Best Nature PDI

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Two Ladybirds Highly Commended print

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Storm over Nantucket Highly Commended PDI

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Orchard, Capitol Reef (better edit) Highly Commended PDI

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Santolina Highly Commended PDI

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Mirror, mirror on the wall Highly Commended PDI

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Wild grizzly cub, British Columbia (better edit) Highly Commended PDI

The judge was very encouraging and since the awards presentation on Friday I have begun to think a little more seriously about the possibility of trying for a Royal Photographic Society Associateship. But first, I would like to start making better prints. Until now I have been relying on Redbubble. Their matted prints are good, and nicely mounted. However, I think the time has come to do it myself. If any of you have any tips or printer-recommendations, I’d love to hear them.