For the last six or seven years, I’ve done a large calendar of images from around the world. We use them as promotional mailings for me, and as gifts for donors to the Jonathan Krist Foundation . I usually look for bright, saturated iconic images from my travels, and my printer does an excellent job with reproducing those colors on thick glossy paper. It’s a fairly expensive promotion piece, but it goes over big.
This year, I’m thinking of doing something different. A while ago, I got an old D70 body converted for black and white infrared by the folks at Lifepixel and I’ve had a blast using it in a variety of locations all over the world. It’s gotten to the point where I have a decent collection of black and white travel images, like the one of the Easter Island moai above.
The question I’m asking myself (and I have to decide soon because time, as well as a calendar deadline, waits for no man) is “would these images work in a calendar?” I’m waiting for one thing to help me make up my mind.
What I’m waiting for is a press proof from my printer in Korea. He’s not sure he can handle the rich tones of the IR files, and if you can’t get rich monochromatic tones out of these, then it’s hardly worth it. But even with the rich tones and good reproduction, will folks warm up to a black and white calendar?
I’m not sure, but I’m withholding judgement till I see the proofs, and then, if they look good, I’ll have to make (if you’ll pardon the expression) a snap decision to make my printing and shipping deadlines! I’ll keep you posted and if you’ve got any thoughts on whether black and white works for a calendar, by all means weigh in!