There is something so…beautiful about seeing your work printed, even if it’s just a small 8x10 inch piece. To see the amounts of detail in a scene, bringing it to life on paper, almost as well as it had been brought to life when you were standing there, preparing to capture the moment. If done right from the start, you can have your viewers become quickly entranced, feeling as though they are right there, standing where you stood, feeling what you felt.
To provide such a powerful, emotional moment for my collectors is an ultimate goal of mine.
And when you begin printing large, when your prints surpass 32x40 inches, then the fun really begins. That’s when the details really begin to show themselves. That’s when the emotions held within that photograph, that moment in time, are revealed in such strong waves that the viewer cannot help but feel the photograph rather than just seeing it. Being completely honest, this is precisely what I felt when my 32x40 inch print of “Amongst the Dead” came in.
When looking at the print real close – as one would if able to hold it at arm’s length, as often done with an 8x10 or 12x15 print – it honestly doesn’t look like anything spectacular. Up so close to a large print like this, one can see out of focus areas. One can see the sharpening of the piece and can pick out little details that just look…well, blegh. And this can quickly discourage not only myself as the artist but also the collector of the piece, as both can think there is something wrong with it, that something went awry or that they were ripped off. But I reassure you that this is not at all the case.
A large piece like this must be viewed from a few feet away. It should be framed – my personal recommendation is a black frame with an off-white mat – and hung on a wall where one can sit a few feet away and really take the entirety of the piece in, in one glance.
And when that happens…well, enjoy the views. As the artist, I can only hope my art sucks you in and keeps your attention for years to come.