“A photograph isn’t real until you can touch it.” This is a quote by...umm... me.
Apart from its beauty, texture and complexity this picture is also important to me for a number of other reasons.
Firstly, it was difficult to get to the place where the waves washed through without washing me away (and still make an interesting picture). Secondly, choosing a composition when using a very wide lens pointed down is always fiddly. Even more so when trying to show detail in the distance. Being off by a few millimetres can completely ruin a picture.
So technically and physically I am pleased with my efforts.
More importantly, for me, the significance of this image lies in how ‘wet’ it looks when printed on a thick, cotton rag paper. I’m proud to say that, at least on this occasion, I did my job well. And I chose the best equipment and techniques to match my creativity, skill and experience.
Bumping up the contrast and saturation is great to boost the love on Instagram or 500px. And printing images on metallic paper and mounting behind high gloss acrylic also adds a lot of bling.
To me, though, printing on real paper is when an art lover can properly hold the pixels. It is the next best thing since capturing on film and printing directly from a negative. And not so easy to thumb swipe away.