Opening up a roll of prints takes me straight back to childhood. It’s the anticipation, the long wait since you finished the post production and uploaded the images to your printer in Port Elizabeth or Cape Town. Then you get the email, they’re done, and you have to wait for the courier to deliver. 24 hour delivery they say but if you are living in Grahamstown that can take anything up to five days. Then, of course, they might deliver to a neighbour over the road (because you were out) and never bother telling you!
The Sugarbird images are black and white with the birds floating like oriental brushstrokes on a very pale background. I’d selected the Hahnemühle German Etching paper because I wanted a rich texture and as soon as I saw the images catching the late afternoon sunlight I was delighted with the result.