150912 Print Project - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto
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It's been a very long time since I've sincerely tried to do a photo project that uses prints as its medium. The subject for the project is the newish Aga Khan museum and Ismaili Centre, which is on the edge of the neighbourhood where I grew up, but is far outside of my usual downtown-centric range these days.

One of the key features of the museum's architecture is the garden of black marble reflecting pools. They're compelling. The challenge is that they become a camera trap, and it's hard to move past them. Finding non-obvious subjects to explore – ones that will be worth a series of three to eight prints – is going to take some work.

But no matter what happens these aren't going to be the photos that I'll want to print. Solid dark tones do unhappy things to ink levels, and while that's not a big deal when the results are worth it, I've never been able to get photos like these to print well.

So hopefully my first visit let me get the reflecting pools out of my system, and now I'll be able to find other subjects when I go back. It's guaranteed that there will be at least one more attempt, and maybe more. Three to eight photos, as prints, can be quite a lot to do.


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