Since I got back from Paris I have been going over what I shot and weeding out the ones that just don’t cut it. Trying to decide if an image is worth printing and then coloring can be difficult. It doesn’t help that all kinds of emotions, thoughts and fears invade during this time to mess with my mind.
As most of you know, photography is my passion, but I also pursue it as a business. So when going through my photographs, thoughts like “will this be an image other people will like” are impossible to shut out. A little bit of this goes on when I am shooting but it’s really loud when I sit down and view everything on my monitor.
While I was in Paris I posted images on this blog and on Facebook. It seemed that the ones that got the most response were ones I thought of printing first. For the most part, these were all photographs I really liked as well, but I am finding it difficult to separate my own opinion from what I think other people want to see.
Other considerations include how much fun I think I could have working on a image and/or how difficult I think a particular photograph will be to hand-color. This became even more important when I made the decision to hand-color smaller prints first.
This decision was made for a couple of reasons. First, I like the idea of getting to know an image slowly. I can’t work on a lot of detail when I do the smaller ones so I am testing out colors and deciding what kind of mood I want to create. Second, I will be framing these small originals and offering them for $95 on my website and maybe on this blog. Each image will only be hand-colored once in the small size. After that, I start making larger prints and working with more detail.
While writing this, I have decided which image I want to work on next. It’s one I really like and I have a nice memory of when I shot it. I will share that in my next post.
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