After you've spent hours capturing and printing the perfect image, there is one final critical step in the photographic process, and it's a key one - presentation. There are many different ways you can present your work but it all comes down to your own personal preference and how you want your image to be viewed. We discuss a few options below.
Framing is one of the most archival ways you can present your artwork and is common practise in galleries and museums due to its high archival quality. There are a lot of different ways that works on paper can be mounted and then framed – Window Mounting with simple matte boards, Floating Style Mounting, Box Framing etc. This is where your local framer can help you select the best way to mount and the best colours/materials to use to best show off your work.
We use Omnus Framing to frame our limited edition works around our office and all materials they use are at a high quality, archival standard. They provide excellent quality of service and have excellent staff on hand to help you in your framing decisions. Our customers currently receive a 10% discount at Omnus and when you get 10 or more prints framed you will automatically receive a 20% discount.
You can also purchase pre-made frames, which are a more cost effective option. Ikea have a great range of simple black, white and light wood frames in various sizes and Omnus also sells standard size frame as well in beautiful raw timber finishes - their most popular is the Natural Tasmanian Oak.
When using pre-made frames and mattes, the most important thing is to check they are made with all archival materials. There is nothing worse than going to all the efforts to ensure your print is archival then displaying it in something that contains damaging materials.
If you are printing on Canvas, this is one of the most popular ways to display your work. It is a very simple method of stretching an art work so that the canvas wraps around the sides and is secured to the back of the wooden frame. It does require you to think ahead and print your image on a large size canvas – not to full bleed so the framers have room to wrap it around the block. You can choose from having a white or other coloured edge or just continue your image around the edges. It’s all down to your own personal preference.
You can display your work simply mounted to a board/foamcore/aluminium backing without being framed. This was quite a popular choice a few years back with many artists choosing this option when exhibiting their work. Dry Mounting isn’t really a good option for limited edition prints as the physical print is adhered to the backing board with glue, and once it is done it cannot be reversed. It does provide a clean, long lasting finish that will prevent your artwork from rippling in the future.
This is one of the more basic ways to display your work and is a great option if you have a collection of images that you want to be keep in the same place. It’s also a great way to showcase your work and presenting it as a portfolio. There are many different options of albums and folios you can use, including self printable inkjet albums, interchangeable mylar pocket folios and even loose leave presentation boxes.
Presentation can make or break your image in terms of the 'wow' factor. It can also make or break your image in terms of archival integrity. There is not much point using the best, most archival materials available in the world today if you then store your images in something that contains damaging chemicals.
Whatever you choose, just keep in mind how you want your work to be viewed and the type of feel you want to present to the viewer.