Those of you who follow this blog and my various social media posts will know that I declared 2015 to be my year of print. I was very serious about this objective - I've already completed a significant slip-cased A3 sized general portfolio of work with a fabulous high-end product from Hartnack & Co and I always had in mind to produce something a little more intimate to contain a project series like Backwater.
In the final part of this series, and now I've sourced the protective hand-made outer shell and slip case from Hartnack & Co, I'm going to cover off the most important aspect of the portfolio - filling it.
In Part 1 of this series I set out the arguments to printing more of my work and although it's arguably taken far too long to get to this point, it's still felt like a natural journey. When I first started out in photography, I actually printed more than I do now. I think there was definitely a naivety on my part back then, I perhaps didn't care what others thought about my photography, I blindly and plainly didn't see what I regard today as obvious flaws in my earlier work but I certainly didn't have the attention to detail or the benchmark I set for myself now.
I’ve read a few articles recently which talked about the risks to a digital legacy. The crux and central theme of these views are that if we create a purely digital portfolio as photographers then eventually this is at real risk of being lost, more so, it’s pretty much guaranteed. But all the backups in the world won’t protect your photography if no one else knows how to easily view or access it after you’re gone....