I am so excited about this project!
It is so obvious how fast images zoom by us today, and alongside those images are the special moments that go along with them.
Poof, they're here, then gone, or filed away in a folder with many others, in the vast world of your computer. In the past, an old photo was 20 years old. Today, a day is already too much age for an image to be interesting.
We're at the border of still remembering going through old inherited or stashed away boxes of old photographs in our parents' attic or basement, and the speed of the newest generation that almost never bothers to print out images and may not even care about any of that "old stuff".
I remember finding photos of distant (or past) relatives and asking: "Who is that?".
That will soon become a thing of the past unless we reconsider how we treat our photographs or images (and memories).
I invited some of my favorite C'Ville photographers to participate in a collaboration, featuring their view on digital vs. print (and consequently framing and preserving those prints (and their art), and introducing them and displaying them in your every day environment.
Cat Thrasher Photography
"In this digital age, it's unsettling how few people print and frame their photographs.
You have to ask yourself, when you take a picture, what does it mean to you?
Is it significant? Is it special?"
"I would argue that anything that begins and exists in 1s and 0s, on a computer, is a copy. There is no original...there's only a first copy. So when you print and frame a photograph, you're actually creating the first one. That's it, that's the original, hanging on your wall. Until you get to that point, your photographs don't exist in real life."
"When I think about framing my black and white studio portraits, the first thing I think about is how prominent the frame will be, and what impact that will have on the image. When you look at a print, sitting on a table, you have to consider that it is naked, and framing it is like putting on its clothes. One thing I've been obsessed with lately is museum glass, because there is no glare or reflection from the ambient light around the frame, which can really distract from the photo. You get the best view of your photographs through it. I also love to play with the size of the mat, for instance: a big mat with a small photo or a large photo with a smaller mat. You really have to think about the individual image and what kind of treatment it needs. But don't think so hard that you don't do it at all. That's the point where I think some folks get hung up. Because, in the end, the best frame is the one that is hanging on the wall, with the photo in it."
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I look forward to continuing this conversation.
I've invited several other photographers to participate in this exchange -
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