I don't currently have a home darkroom and printing has never been my strong suit, so upon referral, I have begun to work with the fine people at Laumont Photographics, printers to many commercial and fine art photographers in the city. Like my coffee table book, I want the prints on matte, cotton paper. I am enamored with two in particular, Velin Museum Rag, from French paper maker Canson, and Photo Rag, from German paper maker Hahnemuehle. I first saw the Hahnemuehle paper at the L.A. Center of Photography show and thought that was what I wanted, but seeing it side by side with the Canson, I think the Canson may have even more depth. I will experiment with papers and sizes until I get it just right.
One of my next goals for myself is have an exhibition of my work. Paula Tognarelli from the Griffin Museum gave me some great advice for preparing for that next step: put together your 20 exhibition-ready prints. By doing this without an exhibition deadline looming, I can take the time to go about this at my own pace.
Mark F. Erickson is the author of the photobook Other Streets: Scenes from a Life in Vietnam not Lived.