I’m a photographer and fine art printmaker. I love the ability of photography to tell stories through prints. In my twenty plus years of helping photographers make prints, I’ve seen time and time again that every photographer has a unique story to tell. The goal of Crafting Photographs is to help you learn to make better photographs to help you tell it.
Most photographers I speak to want to make better prints. It seems to be an area that causes the much frustration for photographers, with many gaps in knowledge that have few clear paths to solving. And I think at least part of the problem is that what we see in our minds eye when we think about our photograph rarely looks like what ends up on paper.
I can completely relate. From the first time I made a print in my friends’ basement with a laundry detergent bottle for a safelight, I’ve been on a quest to learn how to make better prints. The more I discovered photography was capable of, the more I developed my vision, the more I wanted my prints to express what I saw and what I knew was possible.
I want to help others take this same journey I have, which is why I created this site. What makes a Master is not knowing everything, but always learning, always growing. Regardless your skill level, there is another step you can take, another thing you can learn that will help you improve your work. It’s about learning, growing, and most of all enjoying the process of expressing yourself and telling your stories.
I’ve helped countless people at my workshops and clinics learn to make better prints, from beginners to seasoned professionals. I know from those experiences that it’s possible for you to learn the skills necessary to become a better printmaker. I want to help make straight paths through the wilderness so you can avoid the pitfalls and trials I’ve been through.
I’ve been in photography long enough to know that no one knows all the answers, but my many years running a fine art photo printing studio, building up teams of master printmakers, working with tens of thousands of photographers, and helping make hundreds of thousands of prints, have given me a unique knowledge of how to make beautiful, expressive prints.
Crafting Photographs gives me a place to share that knowledge with you; What has worked for me, what hasn’t, and what produces the look and feel that I think expresses the art of printmaking.
All you have to do is be willing to come along for the journey, to try new things, and to focus on making one more step forward.
I can’t wait to see where this takes us!
With Great Expectations,
see more of my photography at richseiling.com