Displaying and Caring For Your Photographs
Michelle Murphy Photography Feb. 16, 2005Wall Display
Determine where the image will hang
Make it the focal point of the room, arrange furniture to face the wall (e.g. over mantle)
To help determine portrait size cut paper to different standard print sizes 16x20, 20x24, 24x30, 30x40, 40x60. Tape on wall to decide overall size and balance in the room. Remember to add frame dimensions to overall measurement. A 3 inch moulding will add 6 inches to each measurement.
Consider adding spot lighting over the portrait.
Invest in a high quality frame and swap out the portraits as you have new images created over the years. You could even put a mirror in the frame later.
When selecting a frame try to compliment the image as well as blending with your décor. See if you can borrow frame corners to take home.
Don’t use glass on a large portrait. Opt for a surface treatment like canvas or other texture and request a protective lacquer spray.
Seeing images of themselves on display is a positive message to children and boosts their self-esteemGroupings
Best for smaller images or a variety of sizes
Try to create a central theme to tie the images together
· Black and white photos with white mats and simple frames
· Similar or the same frame on all images
· A grouping of images from a family vacation (all beach shots)
Display options other than hanging on walls
Ledges- there are tons of these available now in different configurations and finishes. These are a great option as it’s easy to change around the items you have displayed. Try creating seasonal arrangements of photographs and objects.
Tabletop- clusters of small framed photographs in a cupboard or on a tabletop. Play with frame styles to add interest to the grouping overall as well as the images. Play with themes again. Create a wedding grouping using antique looking frames and black and white photographs. Crystal, pewter and silverplate frames all work well together.Care of Photographs
If treated properly, photographs will last a very long time. The term “archival” is used to describe means of preserving the life of a photograph or document. In photography, a black and white photograph printed a stored properly will have a lifespan of 70 years. Color photographs lifespans are somewhat shorter as the color in a photograph is a dye and not a metal as in a black and white photo. If “scrapbooking”, only use materials which are certified as “archival”. Certain plastics used in older photo albums release gases which are harmful to the images. The rule of thumb is don’t do something you can’t undo. So be wary of glues and permanent adhesives.
Heat, light and humidity are the primary killers of photographic images. Never leave an image in direct sunlight. UV light will fade the colors in a color photograph fairly quickly. If using glass in a frame make sure to use a mat over the photograph so there is space between the image and the glass. Otherwise the image can stick to the glass. Basements and attics are the worst storage options for photographs.
“Archivers” Easton Mall source of archival supplies for scrapbooking and photographic preservation supplies
Light Impressions http://www.lightimpressions.com/
Catalog of archival storage and preservation supplies
Pottery Barn- http://www.potterybarn.com/
Catalog including frames and ledges
Linens N Things http://www.lnt.com/
source for ledges and frames
Catalog of albums, frames and display ideas
Inexpensive: Target, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby
Great online ordering resource
More info on preservation:http://www.archives.gov/preservation/caring_for_your_family_archives.htmlhttp://genealogy.about.com/cs/photopreservation/