From: Jeff Buckels (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 06/29/03-09:32:27 AM Z
Well, here's one approach that I've seen around, I guess, but maybe just
in pictures.. What about you mat the photo "like usual" (natural white
mat over b+w photo or similar approach), then you place that assembly on
a much larger mid-gray/blue/green etc. mat. Then the white wall behind
is kind of taken out of it. I mean, this is just double-matting, I
don't imagine I'm inventing the wheel here. But a big thick outside
mat. You know, you got a 5x7 vertical portrait in a 11x14 white mat
surrounded by a 16x20 (or something) mid-green border. And that's on
your white gallery wall (I think there must be a federal regulation or
something that prohibits galleries from painting their walls any other
From: John Cremati [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2003 9:14 AM
Subject: matting and framing theory.. How to do it?
Jeff Buckels stated that white matted images look much better
on a "middle" gray, "middle" green, "mid" blue and even red wall
rather than on a stark white wall.... I agree. I had stated in anouther
thread that I feel the white mat washes out the highlights and the black
mat anilates the blacks.. I feel that the white wall is just a extension
of the white mat...
A question would be how to bring these " middle" colors into
the matting and framing of the image for a picture that is
typically displayed in galleries having stark white walls..? Do
you think you could mat in these middle colors and get away with it ?
Ideally you would want to compliment but not overpower your print.
I think the the main objective in displaying a print is to
create a special unique place in the world for it, with minimal
distractions, so that all mental energy is focused on the
photograph itself... The quandary is just how do you do this
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