When the new home here was being built, we actually specified that a wall be explicitly reserved as a gallery wall with spot lights for 5 of my framed Ilfochromes, which alternate every 6 months with a new set.
Over 16 years I have not varied my frame-up repertoire despite the extreme cost and precision labour involved.
The full-frame chromes are printed to 360x405mm with no cropping and framed under Crescent Rag Mat 6/9 ply white matt, TruVu UV-retardant glass, Burke square ebony frame and vac. sealed. The mats have never been scrawled on with anything — I let the picture speak for me instead of any fancy pencil scrawls (each framed print does have its own title and other information on the rear). Chromes framed like this are thought to have life term of several hundred years. Well, I won't be around then of course, but hey, no harm in leaving a lasting image...
The gallery wall is illuminated by a stock, adjustable 12v IKEA Magnesium rail, each globe being 20W with a reflector spread of either 26° or 30° (26° is becoming hard to find). Chromes can also be illuminated by 50W globes though the effect can be rather overpowering. A gallery rail was also specified for the opposite wall but the electrician finished my level when everybody was out, forgetting to wire in the IKEA rail! So that one was returned. I am now looking at having 2 individual spots for the opposite wall where I am also exhibiting the beautiful large format work of friends (my own prints are solely 35mm). For each display print, I also roll my own gatorboard titles in a mix of InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop (my earliest qualification is as a Typesetter as a way of funding my Arts course), the art being sent over the web to the high-street kiosk to be printed on unremarkable Fuji Crystal Archive 6x4 matt paper, trimmed and mounted (all done with a snazzy scalpel!).
The two right-most chromes on the wall might be familiar to you as a Kiwi: one is Matai Falls in the Catlins and the other is Southern Alps reflected in Lake Mathieson. Help a friend across The Ditch put next week's food on the table: each display print is $1,100, or matted only and wrapped, $875. And I'll sign my scrawl (on the back!) for you free.
Link: South wall view, Silent Street
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 06-26-2010 at 05:04 AM. Click to view previous post history.