Very interesting post,who would have thunk there is a twin out there.
I am starting to do exactly the same thing with my work, how are you storing the prints , what editions are you doing, and do you have a web site to sell the work?
I am also at a stage where I am exposing more film than I ever have and trying to keep up is a big undertaking but the experience is overwhelmingly positive.
The biggest hurdle for me is archiving the work well so at a moments notice I can find each image to show people. I have bought storage racks for home that are very sturdy and I have been till now using the grey storage boxes, but very open to hear how you plan to archive and modify my system.
I have just started and to this point have one or two AP 's of every image, but now at a stage where I want to print every free moment I have.
My wife is exactly the same way so I am really lucky to have this partner.
I would love to see some of your prints as you are doing exactly what I think each and every photographer should do, good luck over the next 10 years.
Being stubborn and hardworking are IMO the most important attributes to becoming a great printmaker.
One thing you could try is putting away all your gear (don't sell them now), getting a couple of film holders if you don't have them, a large format pinhole camera (or making one yourself during an evening) and start photographing exclusively with it. Developing sheet film in trays and contact printing them under a light bulb, the experience just doesn't get any better. I'd choose at least 5x7, but 4x5 contacts can be very nice, too.
And the camera will be as simple as it can be, but still remain a powerful tool. This could be refreshing coming from the Nikon F5. Or anything else, for that matter.
Don't forget a light tripod.
Amazing quantities of time go into it...
I got over my snit. And I apologize, that is very rare from me. I am sitting here on our 80 acres of heaven and the sky is filled with big beautiful clouds, the rabbits are all over the place, the horses are chasing each other all over their paddock. What right do I have to bitch about anything? So thanks for all the help, I am back to my flight call sign "LaughingPolarBare
Otherwise known as Don
No need to apologize, we all have these moments, I think it has to do with being human:whistling:
I think that what Benjiboy said is not trivial: that it becomes part of one's DNA. I cannot imagine not using film and paper. There is probably no reason for feeling this way but here is a sign of my madness: it matters MORE to be to be ABLE to create pictures than to ACTUALLY CREATE THEM. Why? There is a deep-seated security with knowing how and being able to do this. ACTUALLY doing this becomes subordinate. Thus, I have no 'gallery' or amazing number of finished prints, but... I KNOW HOW AND HAVE THE MATERIALS TO BE ABLE TO.
Reading that back, I am the first to admit that that seems, in more prudent objective terms, rather sick, or at least 'dangerously esoteric'. Why? Why do I feel such a sense of security with film and chemicals and cameras and lenses? I think that it is the ability to capture a slice of time and that absolutely amazes me. Recordings and old movies do the same. When I listen to classical music recordings I have to know the year it was recorded because each and every era imparts a type of 'personality' to me. A recording of the Beethoven Fifth in the early fifties is usually quite different from one done in the late 70s. I am far more interested in the past than in the future.
When I was growing up it was batteries: I would make battery operated contraptions that did little useful, but the fact that I had batteries to run the light bulbs and motors meant everything to me !!! My batteries were my hoard of gold. In my teen years it was transistor radios that gave security to me. My ability to hear 'out there' and do so without others being made aware gave me a private cache of 'wealth'. But, the strongest by far, is the analog photography.
That said, I sincerely do not feel that it is dangerously dominating my life: I buy ONLY for a price such that I could get back if I sold outright. But, beware, I can happily spend hours reading and re-reading formulae and never get tired of doing such de facto nonsense!
lighwisps: at least your 'funk' got me to open up to myself. Thanks. - David Lyga
eddie: it DOES make sense to me to BE ABLE more than ACTUALLY MAKE. I cannot find fault with your logic but I know how I feel and that does not lie. - David Lyga