I finished up my photo project over the weekend. I have no idea how it turned out. More on that in a bit. For now I will simply direct your eyes to where they have already most likely turned, the collage (montage?) below.
This is, oddly, not the finished product. The finished product exists as ones and zeroes on my computer and has never been seen by anyone. What you see above is a drastically shrunken down version of the final product. In fact, if you click on the picture you should get taken to a larger version. But that still isn’t the real version. The real version is forty-two inches by twenty-eight inches (though I think the size that helps put it in proportion is that each individual photo is six inches by four), and, as I keep mentioning, I’ve never seen it. That in no way fits on my screen so either I view it life-sized and see a tiny chunk of it or I view it in a reduced size which, considering the content, very much alters things.
A lot changes when each of those pictures is the size of a snapshot. For example, some of the shots look sort of blurry in the small scale, but blown up that blurriness reveals itself as plain old weather. Some fog or snow or sun dappled leaves look wonderful in the large scale but it kind of looks mushy in the small scale.
And that’s to say nothing of what possibly gets lost due to your internet browser and my publishing platform not shaking hands properly, or the file size I have to save it in to upload it to this site a sane amount of time affecting things.
This is all very confusing and I can’t decide if I should print up a large scale version. Mainly because I don’t know what I’d do with it…look at it once and then put it in my closet, most likely, which seems silly.
I don’t know.
Sharing work on the internet has tons of pluses but it does create weird moments like this.