After months of writing, I have had a very enjoyable day choosing a shortlist of images for my Handmade Artist’s Book, trying out a new printer and comparing different photographic paper surfaces. After a day of deliberating and printing large numbers of images, I have decided to order Hahnemuhle William Turner, 310gsm A2 paper. While it is very expensive, I do believe that it just had the edge over Hahnemuhle German Etching, 310gsm. It was a very close call but William Turner seemed to render the nuances in water movement and reeds that bit better and delivered a wider degree of tonality in the images. As a consequence, there was greater depth from front to back. The order has been placed and the paper will start to arrive next week. As soon as it does, the printing process will begin.
The new printer has been fully installed and has produced a good number of images.
First prints from New Printer – Alison Price, May 2023
After a temporary glitch which I believe is called the “pizza cutter problem” where white specks appear on the print caused by the rollers that move the paper through the printer, the issue was solved by using the heavier paper setting.
Print Testing Continues . . . – Alison Price, May 2023
I have also been working on shortlisting images for the book. I have about 60 images that I need to reduce to about 20. I have also been creating a “mock up” of the book pages in Powerpoint to help me with sequencing the images. And the Introduction to the book is drafted.
So a good day’s work!