I know that many of us get caught up looking for the next piece of gear to buy or searching for our next portfolio shot, but it's possible the most satisfying thing you can do in photography is to print your own work.
Personally there are many steps in the process of shooting landscapes that I find fulfilling, but there is absolutely nothing like getting a big print of your work and putting it on the wall.
A few years ago I stumbled upon Nick Carver's video about printing your own work and have been a fan ever since. Carver isn't a daily uploader by any means but his content is tranquil, inspiring, and unique. Working in film is a very patient process and doesn't result in the instant gratification many of us have become accustomed to in the digital age. That instant gratification has seeped into many points of our lives especially when it comes to our photography work. Going to a location countless times and waiting for the perfect light, snapping hundreds of 40 megapixel images, sitting in an office for hours editing together the perfect photo; all of that work for it to be consumed on a 4 inch screen for less than a few seconds.
I have personally struggled with these thoughts throughout my photography career and it wasn't until I started to print my own work that it changed everything. No amount of likes or shares can compare to hanging a piece of hard work on the wall. Carver inspired me with these thoughts a few years ago and his recent video is a gentle reminder to not get lost in the world of instant gratification.
I cannot stress enough how satisfying it can be to print your own work, especially if you are ever feeling lost in the ocean of chaos that is social media. Have you ever printed your own work? I'd love to know what your experience has been so far and if it's ever helped you find new passion in your photography.