So was this a coincidence or divine intervention? I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been working on new originals and having them scanned by Sacramento Giclee. The plan was to take these scans, import them into my computer and use the new files to create higher quality reproductions of my hand-colored originals.
The problem is I don't like making reproductions. The perfectionist in me is never satisfied with the way the prints look after they come out of the printer. I would rather be making black and white prints and hand-coloring those. That is where my passion lies.
When doing shows, the bulk of my inventory is made up of these “reproductions” so you can imagine how much time is spent tweaking files, printing and then packaging these prints. A couple of years ago I stopped matting the reproductions which cut down the labor significantly, but I was still pretty miserable while in this “production phase”.
So a couple of weeks ago I mentioned to more than one person how I wish I could be like painters who after finishing their painting, hand it over to be scanned and printed. As a photographer, I never thought this was an option.
Then last week I began working on a large print job that I had a week to complete. I was still proofing the first of 10 images when my Epson 7600 began having problems. The images were purple and almost looked like negatives. A quick call to my repair guy and it became obvious this was not something I was going to be able to solve over the phone. The fact I was going to be out of town for 3 days made it pretty clear what I needed to do. I would take my files over to Sacramento Giclee and have them make all ten prints.
I calculated how much this was going to cost and almost bailed on the decision. I then started imagining what it would feel like to be off having fun or working on originals while my prints were being made. That sealed the deal.
Today I picked up the prints and they are beautiful! What did I do while they were being printed? Had fun and worked on originals……………..
So was it a coincidence that shortly after declaring how I didn’t want to make prints anymore, my printer breaks down? Luckily, this is not the printer I use to make my black and white prints. As a matter of fact I am pretty sure I am not getting the 7600 fixed. Instead I will get a repair estimate and try to sell it. Anyone looking for a large format printer?