Over the past several days, I have been reviewing and culling images from my photo shoots. It is now time to start refining a collection, refining a theme, and choosing a "title" for my work. Initially I knew this would be a project that would require deep thought and introspection but quickly realized that it was also the perfect opportunity to refine my personal style. I was about the let my subconscious decision-making take over and listen to what it was trying to say.
A funny thing happened during this process. I saw a pattern of colors, styles, and compositions that stood out time and time again. Some of these results surprised me but I did not try to shove myself into a mold but to let the art speak to me.
At it's core, my photography is simple. Perhaps even minimalist. My lighting and studio are uniquely set up with areas to discover shadows, highlights, and textures. This works very well for my images as I focus on capturing the gorgeous detail in the raw forms.
I noticed that my color choices leaned toward the muted side with clean white backgrounds. Although a color may be deep, it is toned quietly to show off the natural lines of the subject.
I also noticed that I preferred my vision on a pure background with little in the way of props. Since I find it hard to stop adding props during the styling process, my images can look cluttered and way too busy but by reminding myself to scale way back with composition and styling, the subject comes to the forefront. The raw natural lines, imperfections, and colors become the star in my art.
I believe my photographs look best in a heavier wider mat with a simple vintage frame style. White mats are my preferred surrounding with an 8-ply thickness for stronger surrounding depth and depending on the image, I will choose a white or black frame.
If the composition is very light and subtle, a black frame helps to keep the eye reigned in. If the composition is stronger and can stand on it's own, a white frame is ideal.
If I was unsure which direction to go with the frame color, I would look away or around the room and bring my sight back to the image. If I noticed my eyes scanning all over the image quickly, I would choose black framing. If my eyes were drawn to a strong focal point in the image with little movement, I would choose white framing.
My artistic vision is moving closer to a collection I am going to be so excited to share. The colors, the styling, and framing are all coming together to refine my style and art.
Just today I ordered twenty 8x10 images to review them in print, refine as needed, cull as necessary, and to use to begin a sketched wall placement at the gallery. I need a physical visual to move forward and this will be very exciting to see.
I also just received a new frame backing paper in a light grey that I am anxious to try out My framed works will have white labels on the back and my Certificates of Authenticity (enveloped and attached to the back) will also be in white - cohesive all around.
Looking ahead, there are many administrative pieces to address such as how many of a particular image in an edition, naming each print, how I will be signing and documenting the images, small wall title cards for the gallery, and business cards with the new logo just to name a few.
I am also considering selling framed prints on my site....these will be single editions in vintage frames, with my Certificate Of Authenticity. So many more steps to share and fun design considerations to develop. More to come on all of this ahead!
Many thanks for following along on this exhibition journey and I will chat with you again soon,