Saturday, November 19, 2011

Framed - Again

Today and tomorrow Five Rivers is having their Holiday Open House. Wanting to make the most of it, I did a quick inventory, produced some additional prints, and framed them. One thing I have noticed is that people are very interested in black and white photos - go figure. I always assumed that black and white would do better with modern subjects like buildings and statutes, not historic places and lush landscapes. Desert yes - South Carolina Low Country not so much. But don't shoot me, I'm just the photographer. So I added a few more black and whites.

One (color) photo that has proved to be an issue with me is an incredibly lovely, if I must say so myself, shot of sailboats moored at dawn off Lady's Island. 

For some reason, I have been unable to get an 11x14 print successfully framed in an 16x20 frame. I found a perfect rough wood frame and mat with just a touch of pink in it to bring out one of many hues of the sky. 

Any who, the first time I attempted to frame the print, after I had the photo mounted behind the mat, in the frame, and the backing sealed, I stepped back to admire my work. It was lovely - until the light hit it from the side and I noticed the photo itself was rumpled and far from flat. Rats, since the photos are glued "flat", this one was trashed.

Second try - same frame, same mat, and as I got ready to put it in the frame I realized that I had a misplaced the photo when I glued it and it did not match the mat. In other words it was so crooked that only part of the photo showed behind the mat. Failure again. This photo was jinxed. I just put the photo, mat, and frame aside in total frustration.

A week or so ago when I was doing an inventory of the gallery, I noticed the  8x10 print (in an 11x14 frame) of this same print had sold. I needed to replace this one. As I was framing prints last night, I saw the jinxed photo against the wall. Gathering my strength, I decided I would attempt to frame it one more time. Maybe third time was the charm. And indeed it was. Success ! Finally! But alas, there is a crack in the glass. &*(% it! 

At least, I needed to replace the smaller version. I had the mat and frame ready. When I went to get the print off the printer, the fates hit again. The print had faint lines through it. Like our dear Scarlet, I'll deal with this tomorrow, or next week, or never.

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