Until fairly recently I didn’t print a lot. Most of my work was created digitally, and rendered digitally. Then I realised that I needed prints for competitions I was entering, talks I was giving, and more recently for qualifications I was working towards.
I rediscovered my love of paper… I remember when I was at school, my fascination with reams of paper – the different textures and colours – and different shades of white. Later, when studying photography at college, we were encouraged to print on different paper types – since then though, I’d almost forgotten about the exercise we did – and it was whilst looking for something else in a cupboard, that I came across the project – with all the different papers.
The images I made for my ARPS, were all printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, and they were lovely (if I may say so myself…….).
Since then, I’ve used a variety of papers, and find myself using high gloss less and less. I really like the lustres, and satin mat for certain images.
Paper is sensual. The texture, the colour, the weave. In fact it’s a bit confusing to decide which to choose, and which will work best with each image.
My printer, which has been on its last legs for some time, finally ran out of one of the ink colours, and the way it is designed means that I can’t even print a text document in black (even though there’s plenty of that)… so I think that it will have to go to the great printer heaven at the tip.
I’ve been unable to make photographic prints at home for a long while because the fault in the printer heads meant that everything came out with a green cast – which looks pretty unpleasant – so everything has been outsourced to One Vision Imaging since last October, and it was whilst using them that I tried a number of different papers.
I kept using my old printer for documents, and drafts of things, but now it sits on my desk like an out of work dinosaur.
It’s going to take me a while to sort this out, but hopefully, when I do, it’ll be a smaller printer (everything used to be A3+). The last set of prints I made were 12 x 8 (a ratio I like a lot), and I’m convinced that for the most part this is big enough.
When I’m judging at clubs – I try to find time to say that sometimes bigger means more margin for error. With smaller prints, it’s harder to find some of the mistakes.
For the moment though, it is outsourced printing, till I can get a new printer.