I read this great interview with photographer Kurt Markus on A Photo Editor recently and wanted to repost this section on PlayingWork. You can read the full interview here.
That’s the revolution, because I’ve always thought of photography as an object. It’s not electronic information, it’s an object. I don’t believe in a photograph until I make a print. It doesn’t exist for me. It’s just like thin air. So from that perspective it looks to me like people are afraid. They’re afraid to commit to putting their name on an object and claiming it. They’re dodging the biggest bullet of all which is standing up for your work.
It takes guts to make a print. You know you have to convince yourself that this is you, that you’ve made this and that you’re putting your name on it, and you also have to believe that maybe somebody else either can appreciate the work you’ve done or can appreciate the fact that this is you. There’s nothing else to hide behind.
These two paragraphs really stuck with me. When was the last time you made a print? It's easy to be consumed with bits and bytes and to forget that photography can be an object. I've been making more prints lately just to see how they feel in my hands. Most of them end up in a box. Some hang on my wall for a while. And others go straight to the recycling. Regardless of where they go, it just feels good to hold them and look at them in a different way.