The story of stuff is a tale I enter reluctantly but far too often. Try as I might to swim against the current of temptation and want, I will yield to the flow of consumerism and rationalize that I must have just one more toy, one more upgrade, and then I’ll be content, I promise. But I rarely am.
And so, in this joy of expectation in what my new tools will afford me, there is the usual conflict between the devil of You Have Enough and the devil of Just One More. But here’s how the latter devil frames his argument:
Your old Canon printer doesn’t work with your new Mac operating system. You know you need to own a functioning color printer, even if all you do is the usual occasional prints for family. The Canon can stay right where it is for printed pages of text. But to print to photo paper, you have no choice but to replace what you have.
If you plan to do “art prints” you’ll need a machine that goes beyond 8 x 10 dimension. That means more desk real estate taken up, greater expense in inks, and of course, a more complex and expensive machine. You want archival inks, want to be able to use the best paper for the image, and a machine with a high probability of reliable service for several years. Another $150 printer will not suffice.
And here’s the thing: you have left some concrete vestige of your words between the covers of Slow Road Home. (As a legacy when you’re gone, the million words of Fragments will be a mere ghost.) But what you don’t have are tangible, “permanent” expressions of your visual creativity. Get a few dozen images printed up and framed for your walls if nothing else. There, you’ll have something that will persist, hang on the walls of your children–or the folks who buy five pictures for a dollar at the auction of your “stuff” when you leave this blessed place.
And forget about the expense. You’ll be able to show your stuff in the galleries that have offered you space in the past when you had nothing ready to hang. You’ll sell enough the first year to pay for the printer; after that, you can at least make enough from the occasional sales to pay for paper and ink for your personal prints. You have friends in the framing and matting biz and others who can tutor you in printing expertise. You have the ability to set up a web store for online sales. What are you waiting for?
So today, I may order the Epson R2880 from B&H–unless I get cold feet; unless some of you Have Enough devils can tell me some good reasons why I shouldn’t opt for just one more toy–no, tool! Or can offer a better choice of printer–with explanation. (The older Epson 2400 would be $130 less with a rebate for the next two weeks. I wonder.)