Hello everyone. I’m about to embark on a very serious project. Its time to rework my print portfolios as well as my website. I generally update my books once every year or so with some new prints and leave it at that, my website…well, it could almost always use some work. This time around I’m going a little crazy. I’ve decided to completely rework my editorial portraiture books, edit a new reportage book and print two commercial books for my new commercial rep…. Redux Advertising (I’m not up on the site quite yet but I will be). I’m also about to completely revamp my website, new site, new pictures, new format, new everything. To help me through this insane process I’ve not only enlisted Marcel, Jesi, Maria and Audrey at Redux but I’ve also brought Mike Davis and Deb Pang Davis to help me along. I’m considering blogging the process (I’ll need to get the go ahead from Mike and Deb tonight) for all of you to follow. I’m going to go ahead and give you the first installment considering it has nothing to do with Mike or Deb, just me and my SUPER unorganized ¬†archive.

Step one of reworking one’s portfolios spend the time, and the money:

I spent the last few months narrowing down images with Redux. I left the editing for my commercial book to Maria Avitable at Redux Advertising, ¬†formally Redux Reps (I’m not up there yet). She went through about 750 shots from the last years work and knocked it down to about 50 she liked. I printed like a mad man for a week and just shipped the prints over to her in NYC from India. I have to tell you, this process was not cheap or easy. I had to get the paper I like shipped from BH in New York to Mumbai my studio/office/apartment. Hanemuhle paper isn’t cheap to begin with but throw in 300 bucks for shipping and then around 350 bucks in customs charges and watch out. I was all set to get started when I realized my printer was running low on ink. In NYC, no big deal. In Mumbai… good luck. It took me five days to get the ink I needed and even then most of those cartridges were 75% full, pulled from a friends machine for another 300 dollars. So right off the bat I’m already about 2k down just on paper and ink. Add in 4 new leather books and cases from House of Portfolios in NYC and we’ve just hit 3500 dollars.

Moving on to the Editorial books…

I’ve gone back and forth with Jesi and Audrey since early December talking about where I want to go career wise and how my work is changing/growing and we’ve knocked around some edits. I like where its going but I feel like its not quite there yet and since I’m dropping so much cash on the books and the website re-work I really need to get it perfect. I thought it was time to call in a big gun and SHOCKER the timing couldn’t have been better. Mike Davis, the newly freelance picture editor and all around good guy in Portland had some free time and I hired him to help flesh it out. I feel like we’ve always worked well together and he has a really good idea of where I want to go… Perfect.

Tonight I have a meeting on Skype with Mike so yesterday and today I dug around the archive and organized and categorized about 1250 images. Some tight edits from projects I liked, some miscellaneous images and some wide edits from projects I never really felt sang quite the right way. I’m uploading 450mbs to my server and Mike should be able to download that all in the morning Portland time and have a quick look during our meeting. Then the fun begins!

If anyone is interested I’m happy to post low res versions of the entire initial take in a gallery for people to take a look at. Let me know if you’d be interested and I’ll make it happen.

Wish me luck!


COMMENTS / 5 COMMENTS

Sounds like a ton of fun Michael! Looking forward to following along – please do share if you have the time.

timg added these pithy words on Feb 03 10 at 9:25 pm

MR,

I’d love to see gallery. Hope you’re able to blog the whole process. Staying tuned…

Cheers.

Roger added these pithy words on Feb 04 10 at 4:22 pm

It’d be great if you could post that gallery someday when you’re not too pressed for time.

andrei added these pithy words on Feb 09 10 at 6:48 am

Hey Michael!
This is great that you’re blogging this process! I’d love to see the entire initial take.
Thanks and good luck!
-Alison

Alison Yin added these pithy words on Feb 18 10 at 12:16 pm

Hey MR,

You’ve not updated in a while. How’z it coming along? Share the gallery sometime, mayhaps?

Vatsala added these pithy words on May 02 10 at 3:36 am

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