LIBBY COOPER, YOU’RE A STAR
Test strips for the enlarged found photograph of my dad sand surfing at White Sands. I originally scanned this image at 800 dpi which is HUGE but I am still not getting the detail I wanted out of it. I am blowing the 4x6 up to almost 5 feet so I didn’t expect it to be perfect but I didn’t expect all of the RGB artifacts.
As I said originally I wanted this print to be huge, 3-5 feet. The print would be hung on the wall and would touch the ground. At the point where the print met the ground would be a pile of sand, as if the sand were coming out of the print. I actually have a good amount of sand from White Sands, my goal is to find a sand that is as close to the White Sands sand as I can possibly get without going there. Viewers can see the sand and touch it and it will almost be the same as seeing a pile of real sand from White Sands but it won’t be… they can get an idea based on a sample but they will never truly know without going there. By seeing the sand and its texture it allows the viewer to “put that sand into the image”, when looking at the flat image, with an idea of what the sand is like, you can get a sense of what it might have felt like to surf along the dune.
After rethinking the placement of the image I have decided to print the photo smaller, not sure what size yet, but it will be nowhere near 3-5 feet. The print will hang higher up on the wall and not touch the ground. The pile of sand will be directly under the image but will not touch it. I feel like this gives a needed separation from the image and the sand, enforcing that they are not actually related.