Is it possible to make too many pictures? In my case, I think the answer is yes. Or, as my father used to say, "You have more _______ than Carter has Liver Pills." - in this case, pictures. What this too-many-pictures thing means for me is that I feel a print making binge coming on.
A print making binge will spawn yet another too-many situation - too many prints, not enough wallspace. Since the building of a new house with acres of empty wallspace is not in my future, I am left with a not-enough (wallspace) dilemma - to print or not to print, that is the question.
"To print" is my answer. Why? Because I am transfixed by the come-to-life transformative effect I experience when viewing a print of my one of my pictures as opposed to the lack thereof when viewing the same picture on a screen.
For me, a picture in printed form seems to come alive as a real thing, an object in and of itself. I can actually touch it and hold it in my hand. It has a tactile surface and weight. I can actually hand it to another person to have and to hold. And, as opposed to the pictures in frames hanging on my walls, I can take prints with me wherever I go....
....just like a few weeks ago when I took a batch of Parabo 5"x5" prints (+/- 40 prints) to a big birthday party (+/- 60 people)in Brooklyn. They were the hit of the party. Not just with family, but also with people I didn't even know and who weren't necessarily connected to what the pictures depicted. People spent significant time with the pictures, in some cases passing them around and making comments to each other (or me) - especially how "cool" there were - as they went through them.
So, I guess therein is my answer, re: what to do with a lot of prints. Print them small, snapshotish small if you will, and leave them sitting around the house for viewing - like the 400 free prints from Shutterfly seen below - or take them with me whenever the mood strikes me.