I have to admit, Bob, I admire the fact you can find some personal satisfaction in printing for others, rather than it being a total drag strictly to put food on the table. I would never want to print other peoples' pictures, even periodically. It would just be drudgery to me.
If the other photographers are at least half-decently skilled/talented, it can be quite fun. Unlike one's own negatives, every new negative is a bit of a surprise.
Sometimes a good surprise, and sometimes ....
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Sorry , Marks film of choice is HP5, he is mostly photographing with a Linhof Technika, sometimes using flash bulbs for a bit of bounce open light.
Usually before and most importantly we discuss the first round of film and contacts. I like the never ending projects for obvious financial reasons.
Seriously though , if you have a project that moves you then it can be a life long obsession, some of my clients are very obsessive with their photography. google Ryan Pyle , now this young man is really committed.
Originally Posted by MDR
Bob your costumer relationship sounds like a good approach. As I've never heard of Dr Mark Nowaczynski or his project before I googled him and quiet liked what I saw both aesthetically and the projects goals. I am wondering do you often discuss projects with photographers prior to the projects beginning or only during the project or after it has been completed? Forgive my stupidity but was is HPF?
He disliked developing or making his own prints. He said: "I've never been interested in the process of photography, never, never. Right from the beginning. For me, photography with a small camera like the Leica is an instant drawing." -Wikipedia.
Not tragic or strange, not even an historical aberration or an anathema relative to e.g. Ansel Adams, but a different, unfussed way to be that does not impinge or despoil upon his reputation as a master artist in any way. I don't do my own developing or printing either: I've got too much to do with a camera (or 7 of them...).