Printing photographs: the print is a delight to have and to hold.
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My wife and I often head down to the Eastern Townships in Quebec for a short vacation usually visiting with family and old friends. It is a beautiful part of the world. My father used to refer to it lovingly as “God’s country”.
We’re headed there soon and staying with family. To show our appreciation for putting us up for a few days I spent the last few nights putting together a book of 20 photographs. It’s a wonderfully creative process assembling a bunch of images, putting them into an meaningful order that creates impact, printing them and finally placing them into the book. Above are a few images from the book.
I haven’t done much ‘personal’ printing in the last few months. What a blast! I’ve read a couple of articles lately about the value of producing a physical print in our digital age. Concerns have been raised about the longevity of the digital files we create versus the print itself. Plus, I find there’s something special in the actual physical production of the print. Not to mention the joy of having an image in hand to look at and feel in your hands.
I have an old black and white portrait of my Dad taken by his brother, an excellent amateur photographer in his own right, sitting on a shelf in my studio. Dad, under 20, standing tall, skinny as a rail, in an open field, from a slightly lower angle. It’s a joy to have and look at.
I encourage you to explore the world of printing whether you do it yourself or have it done professionally. In our digital age people often ask for the digital file. I understand the allure, but when you have a gorgeous image created professionally in a book or hanging on the wall it’s readily there for you to savor every day. It’s in those moments we rediscover the power of photography.