To met this is about more than just photography. It's about a passion for creating stunning images, traveling to interesting places, mastering printmaking, and for making my own solid hardwood frames.
Of course one doesn't need all these ingredients to be a good photographer. It's possible to farm out your printmaking to a lab and to just purchase ready made frames. And I have certainly done this in the past.
But in my quest for a really integrated approach, I have found it absolutely necessary to make my own prints, and moreover my own frames. The reason is simple: I want to create the best finished art pieces that I can possibly make.