Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Photographers Feature: Print vs. Digital | Rob Garland

“I would like to start by saying that there is no better way to view a photograph than by looking at a tangible print."  Rob Garland

New in our series of local photographers commenting on why (and how) they believe we should frame our photographs.

This week: photographer Rob Garland | Rob Garland Photographers  www.robgarland.com 

"The Tree" by Rob Garland. Framed by us in Roma Moulding's dark ash Tabbacchino with a 3" glass border.

“I would like to start by saying that there is no better way to view a photograph than by looking at a tangible print. Society has become inundated by images on a screen via a computing device. Holding and viewing a print gives one an extremely refreshing experience. 
Black and white images printed in a film darkroom give me timeless photographs. My approach to digital photography is no different. The images needs to be well exposed, have a great center of interest, and speak to the viewer, no matter the medium.

Great photographs are made, not taken. We all TAKE snapshots for casual use, but when it comes to MAKING a photograph and having the image speak to you, there is no better or more tasteful way of showcasing the credibility of one’s fine art than with timeless printing and framing.
Photographing weddings for over twenty years has given me the opportunity to view many framing ideas and approaches from various artists in all fields. Many thoughts come to mind when deciding how to frame. 

When looking at many of the great interior designers, it is common to design a room around a great piece of art, or vice versa. Our company prints our fine art photographic works on archival papers. Our preference is for pieces not to fall under the category of a current trend – we want them to contain classic beauty and be desirable twenty years from now. 

To illustrate: 

One of our most recently completed works is a sixty inch panoramic photograph from my limited edition collection, printed on 100% cotton fiber paper. This allows the piece to be viewed effectively from any angle, with no glare. This one thousand year-old oak, simply titled “The Tree,” is designed to showcase the natural beauty of the world in a subtle warm-tone black and white print. 

The photograph is carefully mounted and floats between two pieces of museum glass with a hand-made Italian wood frame. There is no mat – three inches of open glass surround the print. The image floats and the distance between the print and the wall gives the piece dimension, drawing the eye and making it a focal point it any room. The custom dark ash frame becomes the perfect complement to a piece suited for longevity. “ ~ ROB GARLAND, Rob Garland Photographers.

Rob Garland is the owner of Rob Garland Photographers (www.robgarland.com), a company which specializes in wedding photojournalism and fine art printing. Rob prides himself on a classic, intuitive, heartfelt documentation with the utmost in visual integrity. He has documented many destination weddings throughout the U.S. and abroad as well as Charlottesville weddings at many of our outstanding local venues. Rob loves imagery that fails to go in and out of style and personal touches that make each wedding and event unique.

Thanks to Rob for participating in our featured articles!
See you soon!

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