I Was Framed


So some of you will remember (I have been called the High Priest of Public Angst) my recent ruminations about purchasing and then effectively using the Epson 2880 printer.

That saga goes on, and up hill, but it goes. I’ve printed enough (not that many, distressingly) to run my inks down toward the bottom. Not a few have gone the way of the round file drawer by my desk. Some few survive, and of those, three are now living in very nice quarters–chestnut frames in stain glass inlay–by my buddy and neighbor, Ron Campbell.

You can swing over and see these shots and frame details, though he assures me the real deal is even more striking than the digital form. I have no reason to doubt this, and know that, should these sell, the frame will be in excess of 50% of the value of the purchase. I’m just honored he would let my early shots live in his frames. I think his work and mine make for a nice mutualism.

I’ll be posting dates about the gallery opening (some time later in September I think) and those of you near by should swing by and visit me and Ron at the Jacksonville Center.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…I’ll be ordering some “presentation packages” of mat cut-out, clear bags and core board (5 x 7 and 8 x 10 packs of 25) to offer photographs for sale locally, very much TBA, and by mail.

And…with an order yesterday for 13 packs of notecards, I realize I’m totally out of the Blue Ridge Parkway sets and have a half dozen of the Blue Ridge Autumn sets. I’ll be re-ordering both, along with a FOURTH set whose composition I may open up to readers like I did the Autumn set this time last year. These cards make a great Christmas gift (or for after-season thank yous.) End of our Shameless Commerce Public (Angst) Announcement.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. BTW Fred, as your printing progresses, you may want to try some cards, assuming your printer can handle the thicker stock.

    We’ve seen some good results on some card stocks.


  2. Those look really good. Ya’ll might sell a ton of those. Should make excellent Xmas presents with a touch of Floyd.