Mastering the Art of Framing: A Technical Insight
Welcome to an exploration of the art of framing, a cornerstone in the world of photography. In the sea of possibilities, I will guide you through a selection of framing techniques that I have personally embraced and can expound upon.
As Ansel Adams once quoted, “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” To this, I append that a performance, without the final act of framing and presentation, the performance remains unfinished.
Diverse approaches to presentation exist. While some galleries and artists opt for an unadorned, frameless display, I incline towards more comprehensive arrangements.
My essential choice is the frame, with or sans a Passepartout, installed behind protective glass. Your budget will guide the selection:
- Standard Glass
- Non-Reflective Glass Matt or frost like glass
- Conservation Glass: with a UV protection layer
- Museum Glass: Elevating safeguards with both UV protection and anti-glare properties
Allow me to illustrate these options for you.
Furthermore, my studio has images printed over metallic photographic paper with a protective layer, boxed in this aluminum frame.
Venturing beyond the traditional, select service providers cater to Acrylic and Metal (Aluminum Dibond) alternatives. These manifestations of artistic expression that I have used are:
- Acrylic of 3mm
- HD Print over aluminum Dibond
- Direct print over aluminum Dibond
- Fuji Crystal over aluminum Dibond
Canvas, too, unfolds as a tapestry for imagery, as exemplified here.
Encompassing an expansive spectrum, prints can grace wood and other bespoke substrates done by specialized services.
The symphony of framing should harmonize with its surroundings. A dance of colors and dimensions, it composes a synergy with the space it inhabits.
In this voyage of exploration, may you glean that the art of framing is not a mere encasement, it is the crescendo that elevates a captured moment into an enduring symphony.