In the digital age, it’s easy to get into the mindset that we see and experience all photographs on a screen. We have to remember, though, that this is photography, not cinematography. A screen is not necessary, and in fact actually undermines the entire concept: the photographic print has always existed as an independent artistic object, real and tangible. It is the final vision of the artist.
This is a collection of my rodeo portraits (several of which have not yet made it to the website!) all beautifully printed and matted and ready for a portfolio review at Jackson Fine Art.
These photographs are real. You can pick them up and touch them and see the surface of the paper, and even smell the varnish while it drys (days…). It’s so exciting to create, to photograph, yet it’s easy to forget that what matters is what becomes real, not just another pile of ones and zeros sitting on a hard drive somewhere, waiting to be lost to history.
Obviously, I am a huge fan of how photographs can be shared globally over the internet. It allows us to see and experience so many images that we may not have the time or the resources to view. But somewhere that photograph needs to exist as a real, tangible object, or the chances are that one day, it will simply vanish.