I got my frames about a month ago. I sat around finicking with my final print selections, moving things around, thinking…doing nothing. Then about two weeks ago I realized ‘these mats have 8×10 windows. This was shot on 35mm. FUCK!’ So I had to get custom mats made quick. (Sorry, I don’t cut my own. I just hate it. A lot.) I found this place Media Specialties randomly online because they had the best prices. I will plug them because they were the nicest most attentive web business I have ever experienced. They are in Idaho so maybe that is why, but they were super nice, super cheap and everything came to my door perfectly. So I think I have my little crisis averted, mats are on their way and then I will just throw it all together. I make a preemptive trip to Helix to pick up extra paper and extra ink. Just in case. Awesome.
Now it is a week before and I realize AGAIN that these are not 8×10 prints and that I can’t use the 8.5×11 paper I have. Idiot. So Panic time, I start calling around town trying to find the paper I need, but no luck. So I get on amazon and rush ship it from there. Crisis averted. But I miss the damned UPS guy and then memorial day weekend hits. SO screwed. They won’t deliver again until Wednesday. By the time I have time free the only place I can attempt to get last minute emergency supplies is Blick. I buy a pack of Canson 13×19 $90 paper, get it home and find out there is no profile for my printer (she’s getting on in years and there are no profiles for newer papers). I try printing on it anyway because I am desperate, this is sunday night and I am supposed to hang Monday. I tweak and tweak and make test print after test print and they all look like shit.
I give up. Call the shop and tell them it has to be late and there is nothing I can do about it. I hate being late, I hate losing, and I hate being unprofessional. My paper shows up Wednesday night after I spent a grueling day photo assisting up at Northwestern (which was great!). Got up today finished my prints in no time, they looked beautiful, put on my white gloves, and framed them up. I booked a zip car headed up to Beans and Bagels and got to hanging. Of course hanging was a total pain in the ass also, the wall is covered in a sheets of fabric so my wall marks kept wiggling around and the floor is horrifyingly uneven but WHO CARES I’M DONE!
Yay! What a silly mess. So this is some of my new work I have up at a cafe in Chicago, they are for sale too! Wish me luck.
My framing station (I repackaged them in the cardboard after I was done for safety)
My floor gallery
More news soon for sure.