A Poll…I’m trying out an alternate method of framing… please tell me what you think!

I’m trying out an alternate method of framing for my images. Juror Debra Klomp Ching, of Klompching Gallery, NY, chose “Untitled #22” as one of just 24 images from over 1,000 submitted for the  “New Directions 2012- Crossing Territories” group exhibition to be held at Wall Space Gallery. Wall Space will hang the exhibition in their gallery in Santa Barbara, California, and then in Seattle, Washington, in their shared exhibition space with City Catering Company.

The print was face mounted to semi-matte acrylic, then mounted in a “floater” frame. The piece sits about 1/8″ below the surface of the frame. I think it’s a nice look, and the image can be made at my normal 24″ size without requiring a large frame. What led me to think about this was the need to ship my work to other parts of the country for exhibits, and the inherent difficulties in shipping a piece in a larger frame with glass.

Please let me know – via the poll at the bottom of the article – how you like it!

New Directions 2012 – January 4th – 29th, 2012 – Santa Barbara, CA. Opening reception January 5th, 2012

New Directions 2012 – February 2nd – March 4th, 2012 – Seattle, WA – @ City Catering Company.

 Harold Ross's "Untitled # 22" - New Floater Frame for "New Directions 2012" exhibit.

Photographer Harold Ross's "Untitled #22" - New Floater Frame for "New Directions 2012" Exhibit

~ by Harold Ross on December 30, 2011.

6 Responses to “A Poll…I’m trying out an alternate method of framing… please tell me what you think!”

  1. I like it! I prefer presenting my own photographs in a similar manner i.e. no matt board, no glass. The company I use over here in the UK calls them ‘Edge Prints’. They’re similar in appearance to the pics posted above. I find the tones in the photo seem to have more depth when they’re not placed behind a sheet of glass, plus you don’t get any glare.

    It may put off the purist who regards frames, glass and matt boards as the only way to go but for each one of those you lose, you’ll probably gain someone who prefers the more contemporary look.

    I guess there may be some questions re archival quality of the materials used etc compared to traditional methods but purely on the basis of which version I’d rather look at on my wall, the “floater frame” gets the thumbs up.

    Good luck with the exhibitions!

  2. Love this style of framing! I think that I am going to be going for a similar look with some of my shots in the very near future!! Awesome shot in there as well BTW!! Regards, Roberto.

  3. I like the nerw framing. Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  4. In my humble opinion—WOW! Its perfect. Crisp lines, substantial attention to the frame, yets does not draw you away from the image.

  5. HI Harold,

    Congrats on inclusion in the Wall Space Show! Great gallery and curator!

    I think the frame looks good, and I understand your not wanting to worry about glass. However, I must say that I feel the presentation is just a bit too slick looking. It has a plastic (mass produced) quality. I miss the texture of the mat and/ or the paper which I think especially appropriate for fine art prints that will be shown in a gallery.

    Another poster mentioned reflection. If that is a concern, you could use museum glass which is crystal clear and has no glare whatsoever. It does enhance depth and color. Unfortunately it is quite expensive.

    For the record, I have to state that I was a printmaking/painting major – and
    that colors my POV certainly. I like to feel the hand of the artist/ photographer behind the work. Texture helps achieve that.

    Best, Pam

  6. Thanks, everyone, for taking the time out of your day to give me your feedback! I appreciate all of your input on the framing style! All of your opinions are meaningful!

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