Mono Lake, Afternoon
Storage of finished art work for a photographer is pretty convenient. Hard drives don’t take up much space. Cloud storage is even more efficient. But, if you are a photographer that makes prints, you probably have a whole host of archival print storage boxes stacked up in some corner of your house. If you’ve ever exhibited in a gallery, I’ll wager you have stacks of empty frames in at least one room of your house.
Compare this to a sculptor who probably needs (a) a big barn out back, (b) a rented warehouse, or (c) a network of understanding friends and relatives who have artwork “on loan” or some combination of all three. I’m having a slight twinge of recognition for the sculptor’s problem as it relates to one of my photographs.
Last fall I created a panoramic photograph of Mono Lake (above). In the blogosphere it’s 960 pixels wide. In real life the framed image is almost 56 inches wide and almost 30 inches tall. We have no real place in the house where a picture this big can be stored. It doesn’t even look good over the couch. (An artiste’s work doesn’t belong over the couch and I’m an artiste, you know.)
My magnum opus leans against the living room wall, mocking me every time I walk by. It’s the genie I can’t put back in the bottle.
And I still love it.