I got first world problems, but a reliable framer ain’t one

I delivered my photos for the exhibit on Saturday, which was convenient as I’d planned to be in New Orleans anyway, for the Lomographers of Acadiana meetup (at the Audubon Insectarium). The director was out of town and he couldn’t arrange for anyone to meet me at the gallery, so he had me leave them with his wife at their house, only about a mile from the gallery. They live literally across the street from one of those great old, crumbling New Orleans cemeteries, all moss-encrusted aboveground tombs. If I lived on that street, I would be in that cemetery more often than I was in my house. (I Googled the cross streets and it looks like it’s Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.)
I had some really frustrating drama getting the damn prints done on time. To start with, the notification was 4 days late, which left me with no margin of error. So I paid extra for expedited printing and second day air… and Adoramapix delivered a bent photo. OF COURSE THEY DID. I order from them all the time, and I’ve never had a problem, but the one order that’s crucial, THAT’S the one they fuck up. And it didn’t happen during the shipping, because Adoramapix sandwiches each individual print between 2 pieces of cardboard. Those weren’t bent, and neither was the other photo in the order.
So I called them the next morning and there was a lot of screaming and begging, and I’m pretty sure that a couple of employees made fun of me in the break room that day, but it got me a re-print overnighted to me the same day, so I don’t care. Express Frames in Lafayette did a wonderful, fast job as usual—they are consistently the only part of the process that doesn’t make me want to tear my hair out. They even tried dry-mounting the bent print, in case the other one didn’t arrive on time, and it did minimize but didn’t eliminate the crease.
Maybe this is normal for getting ready for an exhibit? Like everyone’s all laid back, disorganized artists, and I’m the only tightass wondering why no one has their shit together. Although I have to give it to Adoramapix: they fucked up, but they also made it right.
The ironic part, of course, is that thanks to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, this may all be moot. The exhibit was supposed get hung this week and open on Saturday; if the city is recovering from a cat 2 landing on their head, I’m thinking the opening may be delayed.
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first 3 portfolio prints

I got my first 3 portfolio prints from AdoramaPix today, which was a surprise as I wasn’t expecting them until next week. (It would be pretty pricey to get 20 large prints all at once, so I’m going to do 2 or 3 every couple of weeks or so.)

The 2 largest are 11×14 prints, they’re both on Kodak Supra Endura Lustre. This is my first experience with Lustre, and I’m really impressed. I’ve never liked high gloss paper, it just looks cheap and plasticy to me. But matte isn’t appropriate for everything, and metallic should really be used sparingly. This is a really good balance between matte and high gloss, and it looks classy as fuck. These photos were both taken with my wide angle Pink Slim Dress camera on Fuji Superia 35mm. The cemetery is Delino Cemetery in Henry (Delino was my grandmother’s maiden name), near where my grandparent’s house used to be; it was taken in early spring, early afternoon. The house is San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, LA; it was taken the week after Christmas, late afternoon.

The smaller print is on Kodak Metallic, the same paper I got my exhibit print done on. The colors are so bright that I thought, why not just go balls-out. It’s an azalea tree on my grandparent’s property; it was taken in early spring, mid-afternoon. The colors have not been tweaked, that’s really what the tree looks like. (It’s even brighter when you’re looking at the actual print, and not a crappy cell phone pic.) I used the 35mm converter back on my Diana F+ to take this. Photos taken with the converter never seem to come out quite in focus, but it makes up for that by giving everything that’s in direct sunlight a weird glow. I decided to get a smaller print for this, 5×7, because blown up any larger I think it would just be a grainy, hot pink mess.

These prints are all for sale in my Etsy shop, and I may run a special on them next week. BTW, I started a Facebook page for my photography, it would be tons of help if you could “like” me.