Friday, February 10, 2006
I've been working on printing for the show. I have a few images that I've printed that initially I thought were finished but as I looked at them again, I saw that they didn't quite convey what I wanted the image to convey. What I want the whole group of photographs to convey is also becoming clearer as I print and look. Now it is about the subtlety of interpretation. So I spent one whole day this week reworking the image above which doesn't show up as well in this small JPG as it does in the 16x16 print.
When I first printed it I thought that maybe I needed to print it just a tad lighter but as I kept looking at it, I realized that wasn't going to work because the image looked too documentary. I didn't want documentary. I wanted the image to convey the "feeling" of the place. Strange, fantasy, misty, shadowy, mystical, ancient civilization, surreal.
After I printed the new interpretation, I showed the before and after images to Ned. He said he could see a little difference. A little difference? I saw a vast difference and once I had the new print, I cut the old one up. I would not want anyone else to see the old one. It just wasn't the "right" interpretation of my vision.