Saturday, September 7, 2013
The above image was taken years ago in Lermoos, Austria. It's an image that works well in a small size, maybe 8"x8" at the largest, but totally falls apart larger. I have long had the theory that images seek their own size. Some work well at a variety of sizes but most have an ideal size at which they work best.
I recently came across a wonderful article by photographer David Kachel called "Ban the Bedsheets-Size Matters" where he discusses the relationship between the viewer and the print and how size matters. There is an intimacy that exists when a fine print is viewed up close and personal.
I make work prints before I do a final print. Frequently these work prints are 6x6 or 6x9. While I may be satisfied when I make them larger, I am frequently struck with how magic they are in the smaller sizes.
Just some food for thought.