When I first started showing and selling my work, all I offered were originals. These pieces were all fiber based darkroom prints that I hand-colored with photo oil paints. They were considered "original" because each version of a particular image came out a little bit different. It was at this time that I began limiting how many times I hand-colored an image. For some reason the number I came up with was 25. I have had quite a few images sell out of the 25 originals including this one - "Sand Dunes".
It didn't take long to figure out that in order to have enough inventory for a show I would probably have to consider offering "reproductions" as well. To produce my "prints" I take a black and white photograph and hand-color it. Then this "original" is scanned and a print made using archival, pigment inks on acid free, 100% cotton paper. Depending on the size, these prints are offered in editions of no more than 250.
Recently I changed the way I make my originals by taking advantage of the technology that is available. I now process my black and white images in Photoshop and print them using the same paper and archival inks I have been using to make my reproductions. These black and white prints are still hand-colored but instead of oil paints I now use pastels. The amount of time it takes to hand-color has not changed. Creating an original from start to finish sometimes takes weeks to complete, which is why there is a fairly large price difference between a print and an original.
So while the process has changed, the end result is the same. A one of a kind, original image.