I have decided to change my policy of offering my prints as limited editions and open my editions. Here's why.
Almost all commercial galleries insist that in order to gain representation the artist must offer his printed work only in closed or limited editions. The reason for this is to create the illusion of scarcity in order to support the price levels the gallery needs to be profitable.
I see no way that this benefits the artist or the buyer (that is unless the buyer intends to resell the print). Some collectors will not purchase an open edition because they feel that to have one of many prints is of less value. Well, maybe. Ansel Adams' work is in multiple editions of many hundreds and still holding its value. I know. I am not Ansel Adams but I can offer a compromise that I think works well for both me as an artist and you as a buyer or collector.
I will sign and number my prints in sequential order beginning at 1. I always reserve the first two prints for my collection, so the first print offered to the collecting public will be print #3. As I sell a print I will make another and number it incrementally, i.e. #4, #5 etc. My prints are signed and numbered both front and back with the back containing the date and copyright information as well.
For you, the collector, the benefit is identical as with a limited edition, that is to have a print with a low number. so you should buy now. For me this incentive for you, the collector, to buy now helps me to pay the bills and make more photographs.
Opening my editions is really not too much different from my limiting editions as I have never printed more than a few copies of any image, silver or digital, not because they won't sell but because I can't afford to maintain the inventory. It is more cost effective for me to print them as they are needed. In the days of wet darkroom printing, all the various dodging, burning, toning and bleaching controls provided multiple opportunities for subtle differences from one print to another. Worse yet, it was very difficult to duplicate this "dance" from one day, week. month or year to another. So a photographer might make a dozen or two copies of each image in one session for inventory. These would be numbered and signed and the group would usually stand as an edition. With the advent of digital printing each print is identical to its predecessor and can be made at any time on demand.
Look at it this way, some day I will be dead and these images will all then become limited editions anyway.