The Visual Science Lab is a great place for me to talk about photography as I'd like to practice it and then have my ideas subjected to good doses of feedback. I'm embarking for the first time into the business of selling private portrait commissions. I haven't decided whether or not to keep the business name as Kirk Tuck Photography or to do some research and try to find something that resonates more with the market I'm going after.
I do know what I want to deliver. Black and white, and color prints that are in my own style.
I'd like to offer one more generation of people who appreciate the tradition of photography to share the practice of creating art on real film and receiving a real, custom print. If possible, a darkroom print on double weight paper. I'm currently looking for someone who prints from negatives.
I'm shooting a series of test portraits the way restaurants have a series of "friends and family" days before they open to strangers. I'm choosing people I've worked with before as well as new people I've met walking around Austin. When I have a portfolio ready to go I'll take down my website and re-launch with new work.
It's scary and exciting but as much as I preach spending time in the water I'm also becoming a big believer in the process of re-invention and new discovery. What good is a lot of practice if what you're practicing is something people don't need?
Finally, I'm working daily with the Hasselblad film cameras, trying to get back into that groove. I'm having my negatives processed at Holland Photo and contact printed there as well. Funny how much more comfortable those cameras are to me than the digital cameras. Even after 12 years.
Re-inventing the portrait. Sounds like a book. What do VSL follower's think?