Over the years that I’ve written this blog, I’ve come to realize that it’s become a kind of proving ground for the images I post here. When I create my images, I subject them to a fairly intense process of scrutiny. Naturally this includes reviewing the images on the monitor as they are being created, but also I make prints of every image I post here on the same grade of paper that I use for the sale and display of my work. The printing often involves several iterations reflecting successive stages of editing, and often each iteration will sit on my desk for days or even weeks as I live with the print and gradually see what changes I can make to improve it. In short, I invest a lot of time and effort to make sure I’m satisfied with an image before it is posted here.
Nevertheless, the act of posting seems to change the way I look at the print. On more than one occasion, I’ve cued up a blog post with an image that I’m going to post, but before I post it I’ll see something about the image that makes me pull it back. A couple of times, I’ve even done this after the image has been posted. Usually I’m able to further tweak those images and they make it back on the blog, but sometimes those pulled images never see the light of day.
There’s just something about posting. The act of committing the image to public view creates a kind of feedback that I just don’t get when I’m editing an image in private. It’s a valuable kind of proving ground that I’m grateful to have at my disposal.