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The Luxury of Small Prints on Walls

February 17, 2011

Ålgård - 2010

There was a time when I worked in the dark: I had an unclear overview of what I was working on. I did look through new work at a regular basis, fine-tune the best ones, gather them into selected folders and judge them from time to time. But there was one simple, yet huge, mistake going on; it was all a digital process.

Then, one day at college David Bowen, one of my teachers at that time, let us in on a life changing experience. He started pushing us to get small prints (6″x4″s) of all of our best work, bring them to school and spread them all over tables, walls or even floors. For sure one of my biggest eye openers.

‘Life changing’?

It’s one of those things you won’t fully understand before you’ve actually tried it. But I can tell you that it’s easier to quicker spot the best ones. It almost seems as though the smaller pictures get, the easier judging the overall quality gets. If they have clear lines, you’ll notice. If they need to be cropped, dodged or burned, you’ll notice. If one doesn’t quite fit in with the rest, although you really wanted it to, you’ll force yourself to take it away. If you need to set up a specific order for a series/project, it’s easy. If you want to show your work for suggestions and critique, they’re perfect for it and easy to bring.

And so on.

Well, you won’t notice it all straight away. You need to be patient, look at them and play around with them on a regular basis. Find a wall at your working place or at home you can stick them on, or even better; a magnetic board or a fridge (like in the kitchen where I’m writing this), so you can use small magnets to easily stick them up with. By always having them available in your surroundings they’ll catch your eyes everytime you’re coming into the room and automatically force you to look and consider. Even it’s just for 15 seconds – it will help, they’ll be on your mind.

If you do feel you’re missing an overview of your best work, then I’d say this would be a really good time to get some prints and see what that might lead to.

It would be wonderful to hear about your experiences and thoughts on small prints below in the comments section.

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