Musings on Photography


Posted in Uncategorized by Paul Butzi on July 7, 2010

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  1. sojournerphoto said, on July 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Paul

    An interesting set ofpictures. The first in particular appeals to me, but leads to a question. How many photos do you print these days? Realy, the question is do they exist on paper or is their life entirely electronic and, ultimately, web based?

    Just a thought that electronic life allows you to make more finished pictures, but equally emphasises their ephemeral nature.



  2. Paul Butzi said, on July 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    How many photos do you print these days? Realy, the question is do they exist on paper or is their life entirely electronic and, ultimately, web based?

    Well, what you see here is work in progress. I don’t think all the images I post here are good. Sometimes I think they’re interesting failures.

    I’ve drifted into a workflow where I generate full rez images that are more or less final, and I display those on a large monitor, and I look at them. That helps me decide which ones are winners, and which are also rans. That feedback guides the photographs I make in the future.

    Periodically, I pick the ones I feel make a cohesive set, and I crank out a portfolio in digital form. At the same time I generate a set of prints.

    So, less focus on prints in the intermediate term. End focus on sets of prints, including at least one full printed portfolio (for me).

    I now make very few small prints. The monitor used for review is 30″ diagonal. The smallest prints I make as a general thing are 10″x15″. The final set are either at that size, or larger, depending on how I’m feeling. I have a printer that can easily handle making prints 22×33, and I’ve printed at that size for some work. I like big prints but I have limited storage and display space.

    Bottom line: Right now I’m thinking about sets of images more than I’m concerned with single images or single prints. I think about the images in general and don’t feel driven to work to prints, but also don’t feel ready to let go of printing altogether. I’ve done a bunch of books and had them printed, which is an interesting way to deal with images. In the end I guess that means I’m very up in the air about final representation.

    So I’m not sure if that answers your question or not.

  3. Kate said, on July 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I really dig the textures in this series. The middle one is great!

  4. Don said, on July 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I like the cropping on the 3rd image something about the white truck, black tire and hubcap.

  5. sojournerphoto said, on July 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks Paul. yes that does make sense. Last year I made a determined effort to make a lot of smallish prints – 10 by 7 ish – really to keep in the habit and just see how I saw. However, more recently I’ve found myself working more in series of images with a theme – whether deliberate or accidental – and making bigger prints of the set. Though I’ve tried to make prints as I go, I’ve also found that making the print doesn’t always happen at the same time as finishing the file.

    The monitor idea is good – I use mine, but only have one and it’s only a 20 inch diagonal, but the telvision would work well I suspect



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