Nick Carver is no stranger to going big. Not only does she shoot big negatives on big cameras, but he's immensely passionate about printing and framing and making sure work both fills and compliments a space. In this video he goes through the process of scanning a panoramic 6x17 Portra 160 film negative, sizing up a space on the wall for the final 6-foot print, and even building a custom frame for it.
From the get-go, you know Carver has a good head on his shoulders. I immensely respect his choice of a more subtle and neutral landscape shot to hang on his wall. In a world dominated by in-your-face HDR 'scapes, it's certainly refreshing. I also admire his total DIY work ethic. I totally expected to see a custom 120 film holder with anti-Newton glass from betterscanning.com, but nope. He has a little home-spun contraption with a glass plate with risers to make sure the film is on the scanner's focal plane. Ultimately he ends up with a nice 340 megapixel digital scan which, after inverting, adding curves, and removing dust spots, he then sent to a lab to get chemically printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl paper with a lustre coating.
Possibly the most impressive aspect of the project is the custom from-scratch frame. I certainly don't know of any 2-foot by 6-foot float frames ready to buy on the market. Besides, who would want to buy one, especially considering it cost around $350 in materials alone to make from scratch.
In the end we're left with some pretty fantastic advice about understanding the place photography should have within the decor of a room. It's about complimenting, not overpowering. His advice couldn't be more truthful, but then we're left with the real home run:
Now I mean it when I say it, that this is what photography's really about. It's about getting prints made, getting 'em framed, hanging them on a wall. That's where you're going to get your real satisfaction in photography. Taking a picture and then just uploading the file to Instagram, hoping people are going to like it before they flip on to the next picture in under half a second; that kind of satisfaction — that's nothing compared to the satisfaction you get from having a print made and hanging on the wall.
Nick Carter is a fine art and landscape photographer from Tustin, California. Not only is he an incredible photographer that should be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but he's a fine educator and you can get information on his classes on his website.
And I know some of you are probably interested in his Shen Hao TFC 617-A medium-but-sorta-large format camera. Here's a bonus video where he talks about that: