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Oh, my goodness. The desert was more amazing than I imagined. I had the most phenomenal day-trip in the desert with California Overland (the tour company who drove me out to the middle of nowhere in the Borrego Valley).
I admit, at first when walking into the "office" I felt: a) like I was transported back to 1983, b) a little nervous I would be murdered on site and never found again (it's literally in the middle of nowhere), and c) had fond memories of our short-term missions trips, given the mix-matched furniture--and once the owner appeared--warm hospitality.
After the initial impressions about the eclectic atmosphere dissipated, me and my Chuck Taylor's felt right at home. I slathered on 10-lbs of sunscreen, waited for the others to arrive, and signed my life away on an 8.5x11 piece of paper.
Then they loaded us on the "bus"...
A bumpy few hours through the desert, after making several stops in the wash we were driving in, and we finally stopped, got out, and they introduced us to this (the cousin to the Grand Canyon):
I feel like some of my favorite photos for the project will come from this 4-hour shoot. I'm beyond thrilled.
Fast forward a week to when I met up with my printer, Curtis, in his studio in Signal Hill. I've known Curtis for almost 15-years. In a way we grew up together photographically, and in some ways he mentored me through my growing pains with lighting and photo editing. He's grown into one of the best photo re-touchers and printers in the country. If he didn't like making websites so much I'd have linked it.
He printed out the first test prints on the cotton, heavy-weighted paper I selected, and coated them with two different top coats so I could feel and try out the differences.
Later today I meet with the master binder at Half Light Bindery to talk boxes and containers for the cards.
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