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Nine images.

How do you choose only nine images, if you have looked at the portfolio pages on this website the issue seems to be too many rather than too few. I'm still looking at choosing a much smaller number of images to show my industrial photography, but am having separtion issues about reducing content.

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I ask myself..often..is it enough just to show a few images that show the type of work you do, or will visitors only assume that is all you can do..if you show a picture of an oil refinery can viewers make the visual jump to a paint factory. 

As an industrial photographer the locations we work in can be very diverse but still require the same level of creativity and skill to achieve great loooking images. Then add into the mix shooting to brand image guides and also creative post production, all making the body of work more diverse and creatively different.

I understand about creating a body of work on a single subject but if that is what you show will viewers ony think that is all you can produce. Perhaps it's time to hand this off to a picture editor or photo rep to decide, perhaps just too near the subject to understand the core of my own photography. 

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Are we still in love with print?

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Here in the UK a new daily newspaper has just been launched, with strong photography and editorial that is not weighted to one political point of view, is print still important with everyone digesting news and images from digital smart devices.

Judging by the copies of the Metro stuffed down the side of seats and blowing down the aisles of railway and tube trains it seems that we still have a desire to absorb a wide gamut of information,opinion,photographs and who did what to whom outside the Queen's Return...oh and footballers..they need a who supplement to themselves, all in ink on paper.

Spend a little time with a print specifier in an agency, just the mention of a vegetable based pigment ink will have you locked into the merits of 350gsm bleached rag with satin spot laminate with every third separator page having a different die cut corner.

We spend a lot of our time looking at photography on a screen, my own industrial photographers web site is the 'go too' if I'm talking about my images, I have tried the 'ipad' presentation and found that although you can keep location photography and architectural photograph ever shot it is treated as just another screen that gets me home late.

So are we still in love with print or is it something more, I have rebuilt my old print portfolio-filling it with only 20 or so delicious luxurious thick prints that shows the best industrial photographers work I have done, and the big change when presenting this to advertising agencies,designers and corporate clients is the conversation. 

Just the sensory pleasure of touching and seeing a rich colour photograph changes the whole mood of the meeting, it's almost as if they value that you have taken the time to make these colour and black and white photographs, present them in a quality portfolio that has been edited just for them. It says a lot about how you work as an industrial photographer.

So are we still in love with print, I like my 'i' toys but I cherish my print portfolio. 

Chris Henderson is an Industrial Photographer based in the UK shooting creative imagery for commercial,design,editorial and corporate clients.