Considering Ideas For Presentation

There are many different ways that photographers and artists in general can present their work. It’s important to get the chose right, as it can heavily affect the way the images come across to the people viewing it. If the images are to be displayed in a gallery, then they should be displayed in an order that makes sense as people will usually walk around in a set route. I have touched on this previously in a post about sequencing images which can be found here:

There’s a lot of choice when deciding on what medium to present your work in. It could be in a book, framed images, a concertina or even a digital format such as a video or projection. There are a few key things that need to be taken into account before a choice is made. To start with, I’ll need to decide how big I want the images printed. This will ultimately come down to cost as larger paper will cost a lot more money. There’s also the element of time to consider, larger prints will take a longer amount of time to print because I will want them to look just right, which will take a lot of test strips and image selection. I have decided the largest size I will print to is 10 x 8, as this is the size of paper I can afford to purchase and because I am enlarging 35mm films negatives there is a limit to the size I can expand to due to the image becoming grainy.

Some images don’t work when printed very large, and some other images have to be printed large to be appreciated fully. A good example of these such images is the photographer Andreas Gursky and his large-scale prints:

Untitled 1 (Carpet) 1993 C-print 174.5 x 210 cm

This image is simply a close up shot of a carpet, which sounds very dull and probably wouldn’t work if printed small. But the image is actually printed at 174.5cm x 210cm (1.74m x 2.1m), and so when the viewer stands in front of the image at a gallery they can see the immense detail of the photograph.

Hong Kong Shanghai Bank 1994 C-print 220 x 170 cm 86½ x 67″

This image is of the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank, which is also printed in a very large size and so the viewer can see the incredible detail that has been captured in these photographs. These photos definitely wouldn’t work anywhere near as well if printed in a photo-book or mounted smaller. I believe that my images wouldn’t gain much more aesthetically if they were printed on a large scale, and so I ma happy with printing them around 10 x 8. I will have some larger single printed images, and also a few diptychs and triptychs to make up the 10 photographic pieces that we have to create to fulfil the criteria of the assignment.

Below is an image of how I wish to mount my work, with an example of a triptych image using the images I’ve taken.


Triptych Example


Full Frame Example


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