To Mount or Frame?
Years ago I was among the first in South Africa to mount their prints on cardboard with more than a mere 6mm of white border surrounding the print I put most of my prints on a neutral grey board and could put up a 12"x16" print on a 16"x20" board which looked as good as a 16"x20" print at a fraction of the cost.
Today I like to display my digital images with some type of border so in this site you will find most are displayed on a cream background with a black rounded corner line surrounding them and since it is my site those who don't like it can!!!. In some I have even added a shadow to that. Everyone as I said has their own opinion mine is if you want to frame go on and do it, some viewers my not like the way I have displayed my photographs or even the photos themselves but even they must admit that some thought went into the presentation. I have however grown out of the use of vignettes or the use of ovals to frame my images this is possibly becuse I do not plonk my subject smack in the middle of the image
The image below is NOT mine although I photographed it and added my own personal touch, it is of
a painting and nobody but nobody would hang a painting without
stretching and framing it so why should photographers be criticised for
trying to display their works to there best advantage.
Below this image is one of mine notice how the Matt or
Frame becomes part of the picture.
So the Choice is yours Frame or do not frame but please keep it personal and do not force your beliefs on to others
Notice that even though there is only a dotted border and no frame there is a shadow to emphasise the picture especially since it is a minimalism photo, so the right choice can be most important as to what is used to frame or enhance your work
There are photo-art images and surreal images all over this web site and this one has more than touch of real surrealism or photo-art photography, it is more than totally unreal but is made with a selection of photographs. See the full explanation on "different"
Note it is NOT framed the portion of the image which looks like a matt or frame is part of the image look at two of the lamps they are on the matt if you want to call it that but are part of the image so the matt is only a coloured background.