Two days ago, I talked about creating a canvas art piece that I hung on my wall. It’s part of my plans to print and enjoy more of my photography. Digital is fine and convenient but I wanted a more physical manifestation of my photographs and Art-ish images. Today’s post is a followup.
Years ago in our guest room, primarily used by our kids for video games, I added a picture ledge to display images. It started with a mixture of my wide-angle HDR enhanced photographs, along with a nicely framed art pieces created by both of my boys in 2nd grade. I’ve made a change.
The two framed kids pieces are displayed in our master bed room and this picture ledge serves as my small gallery of photographs. Gone are the colorful urban landscapes, now replaced with black and white street photography. I hope and believe that my level of photography and the execution of the prints have improved over time.
I actually printed these with my Canon PRO-100 printer and framed them myself. Both as a point of pride and to keep costs in check. I found an absolutely wonderful paper made by Hahnemuhle, a German paper company in the business since 1594. I used the 11″ x 17″ FineArt Photo Rag Baryta paper. It fits perfectly in a 11″ x 14″ opening with a thick matt and plain black frame that I bought from Aaron Brothers, which is a higher-end framing store owned by Michaels, a craft chain in the U.S.
From left to right, I feature three photos from Japan and two from New Orleans, all of which I’ve included on this blog (you can click to see a larger version of the photograph). If there are no objections from my wife, I’m planning to expand my black and white collection, as well as my canvas prints, to other parts to the house. The downside is, with my open house layout, I don’t have a lot of walls. However, I would like to spread my work, even if it adds a bit of clutter to the currently minimalist bare walls. I’m even open to replacing existing pieces of art with my own.
The point of this post? It’s important to print your photographs. I’ve done it on and off but I’m trying to be more serious about it this year. Seeing your photographs nicely printed and displayed gives them more gravitas and a sense of pride. They also move from being merely a virtual construct to something tangible in the real world.
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