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Re: why not small prints?
I'm glad to see someone raise this issue, because I also have a thing for
smaller prints and have been "going small." After doing 8x10 contacts for a
while, I started to experiment with 5x7 (mainly to increase portability of
the camera gear), and I find that I really like the prints I've made at that
size. Depending on what presentation is intended for the prints, I do think
that size can influence subject matter. If they are to go on the wall, I
find that subjects with lots of complexity and detail work less well at the
smaller size. But I've also been putting together a mini-portfolio of prints
of from a single project. I've mounted the 5x7 prints under 8x10 mats and
put them in an 8x10 black Century portfolio box. They are intended for
viewing in the hands, like a book, rather than on the wall. Viewers have
responded really well to this presentation. It allows them to spend some
time, up-close, with the photographs, and detailed subjects work well.
I'm thinking about experimenting with even smaller prints presented in this
way. Perhaps panoramic "triptychs" made from 120 negatives.