I recently got a hold of my printed Portfolio and it made me realize how damn important it is to print your works. Be it photography or if you’re a writer the plain and simple written word.
With social media and everything being uploaded to the internet in just a few seconds we are getting rushed with a white grain of content. Millions of pictures and words alone on instagram, where are your works going to fit in? Are they going to fit in at all? Is anyone going to take a look? And more importantly, does it even matter if a person half around the world looks at your photo for 0.5 seconds? The overwhelming odds are not really in your favor. So what to do?
I say fuck social media. Look for a decent printing service and get to it! Show them to your friends, relatives and business contacts!
How else are you going to present your work to someone? With an iPad? Christ, if I’d be working in some sort of agency and one of those new age hipsters would walk in with his selfmade presentation he’d very likely feel the door slam in his sensible face faster than he could tell me he is vegan.
Because what social media can’t really do: make you focus on an image. When I hold one of my works in printed form I start to look at tiny details that I probably won’t notice when looking at a measly phone-screen. If you work with higher ISOs grain suddenly becomes more than something a hipster puts on his images because it’s trendy. Your images will gain depth and character.
Just the same with writing. Whenever I see an longer article that I’m interested in, I go ahead and print that shit. Make little marks while reading. Keep it on your desk or in an little archive so you can check back later.
When I write something myself I fucking hate it on the sterile white screen of my text editor, but when I hold printed papers in my hand I can get to work with it, keep improving it.
So get to it! If you are a writer, the simplest printer will do and if you’re a photographer you can either look at buying a decent photo-printer, or select a good printing service to order! I can quite recommend Saal-Digital, they may not be the cheapest, but their quality sure is worth it!