alright…. today I’m making a reprint of
a photograph I made earlier in the week. And, so I’m gonna show you how I make a really
large mural print. I’ve got my enlarger set up, and I’ve got my negative in the enlarger.
You can see it projected here. because it’s so large, I’ve just made my own printing frame
– I just marked it out with pencil on a large sheet of white paper. I’m just gonna line
that up again… how I had it. And I’ll just tape that in place, and that’ll give me some
guidance about where the print is going. You focus just like you would with a normal photographic
print. though it’s a little bit more challenging because my arms do not reach all the way to
the enlarger. so there’s a lot of checking and rechecking until it gets into sharp focus.
it’s a good idea to – uh – check as best as you can around the sides as well. I’ve already
made sure that the baseboard is perfectly level and that the enlarger is level too.
So that will make sure that my picture is sharp all the way across the whole entire
image. Okay, so now I’m ready to get my paper out. I’ll get it. Okay, here we go again.
I’ve got my roll of paper here, uh, it’s pretty dark right now because I have the safe light
turned down pretty low. I do that because it takes me a while to set up and I don’t
want any fogging on my paper. So what I normal do is take the roll of paper and lay it down.
And then I like to catch the edge with a large sheet of board and that holds down the one
side, while I carefully unroll the other side. This paper is otherwise pretty difficult to
manage because of the way it curls. Unm, it’s a lot for one person to do on their own. But
obviously, I’m working alone in my darkroom so I kinda have to figure out ways to do it
on my own. I’m just trying to center it up on the board that I have here. and since I
have it covered, I now feel like, uh … I’m gonna cover it with one more board to make
sure … two of these matching place boards here just to cover it up. I’m gonna turn up
the safelight up, so you can see what I’m doing. here we go. you can see a little bit.
anyway, so now that I have it generally centered, … uh, lets square it up just a little bit
more … I’m gonna tape into place on this baseboard that I made. this baseboard is just
a sheet of melami… I think it’s called melamine. That sort of counter top white material, plastic
coated particle board. It’s nice because it’s pretty rigid. So it’s good for stuff like
this. over time it may warp a little bit, but if you keep it stored, um, upright instead
of like this on it’s little legs, it’s less likely to warp. I’m just gonna tape this side
down too. When working with a roll paper like this, one of your biggest challenges will
be trying to get that paper to lay flat. it’s pretty difficult.