So I've been looking through the old photo shoots for possible pics to use in future mixed media pieces. I have taken a fair amount of pictures, and like this one, aren't really usable but I like anyhow. After finding out yesterday that my photo lab dude is gone I will admit to being freaked out a bit. I had a good working relationship with him. He didn't judge my work, he came to an opening I was featured in at the big gallery once just for moral support. He has gone over and over things with me that for some reason just don't stick in my head. I felt safe there.
This new guy is a professional photographer with a more than healthy dose of confidence. Maybe it wont be as bad as I am imagining. His set up is a lot different, the place is seemingly more of a gallery than it is a photo lab. He has one little area for that and an entire gallery space for his and others' photography. I'm used to going in and putting my work in these little computers and choosing the small prints for testing. I'm used to having the privilege of walking to the other side of the counter and going over things with him and getting a lot of personal attention. Compared to just trying to ask this new place a few questions and having him constantly talking to other customers at the same time.
Gee am I gonna pop out my credit card and buy a big EPSON printer? Hard to imagine. I need to print at least 32" wide. I'm sure that would cost thousands but I honestly haven't looked into it yet. Seems like a supreme luxury. How many cab driving miles will it take?
*Mary B, I didn't state the biggest reason for my angst...that being I had my computer monitor to match the print place (at least close as I could get it), which means all that is now out the window. I have to re-create older prints and re match to the new print place computer :(