Well, my last post failed. I hoped for some ideas coming from the visitors, narrowing the selection of photographs I presented, none came. My presentation must have been confusing. Lesson learned.
That said, I have continued the process and created the new folio. Several things changed, or new things got added to complete the finished product:
- I named the folio Layers and Scars of Time as all the photographs showed cross sections of time long gone and scars carved by time in all the chasms and erosions
- I chose to include ten photographs that you will see below
- This will be a limited edition folio, capped at a total of ten, with up to four artist proof copies
- It will be available for $150 for each numbered and signed folio (OK, hurry up, only ten copies!)
The Opening Statement
The folio opens with a cover page featuring a photograph, an opening statement, the folio title, and credits. A certificate of authentication follows that. For easier reading, here is the opening statement
Time is preserved both as visible layers and as the creator of the scars visible on the monumental landscapes of Utah.
I named the folio Layers & Scars of Time as they all show, individually and collectively, the accumulation of and the destruction by time.
That is nature, visible and invisible.
The final collection starts with the sun peeking through the thick fog we saw while driving on the freeway. The almost perfect quarter circle of a rock formation with a lone tree on top follows that. The Balanced Rock may be the most iconic and recognizable photograph. The next one may be from the Arches National Park as the eroded rocks seem to stand up to guard these places. And the final vertical piece serves as a transition to a series taken near Dead Horse Point National Park with La Salle Mountains in the background.
There are two wide vista views of the La Salle Mountains behind the time-scarred, time-layered terrain of Dead Horse National Park. One is a little wider and more subtle, and the other shows deeper scars, especially in the foreground. The next print also shows the La Salle Mountains but a collection of eroded rocks in different heights almost pushing each other for a better view. That made them look like a bunch of spectators with their kids enjoying the vista. The next photograph is from Merrimac and Monitor Mesas, named after two famous ships in the Civil War. The collection closes with a photograph that is almost a close-up view of the layers and scars of time.
Putting it Altogether
For printing, I chose RedRiver Big Bend Baryta. It has a feel reminiscent of the air-dried glossy prints from a darkroom and offers a wide tonal range with rich shadows and subtle highlights. It is hefty, easy to hold upright in one hand, which is important for folio prints. I have been using RedRiver papers for quite a while and this new introduction replaces their San Gabriel Baryta which I liked equally well. The prints are much more enjoyable than seeing these photographs on screen.
After printing the photographs, I also printed a cover page and a certificate of authentication page. Another piece necessary to print was the title image that would show through the opening on the folio cover. Since it requires an image about 3″ x 6.5″ in size, I printed three of them on one sheet. I use the folio covers from Dane Creek Folios, they are well made and easy to use.
After they all dried, I cut one of the title images and using my double-sided tape dispenser, glued it from inside the folio cover. The folio covers I get have a black cardboard insert, that went after the title image. I carefully folded the flaps along the pre-scored lines and the folio is ready to show. Here are some images from the steps I mentioned.
Now, the Prints
There, all done. The folio, The Layers & Scars of Time is ready for circulation!