So check it out...I had my print of "Precipitation" framed. Picked it up yesterday. I chose an off-white acid-free rag mat with just a tinge of greenishness in it. The frame is a standard Nielsen #11. I didn't note the actual color, but it's a darkish gray with some green in it. (I had a hard time lighting this so it would give any sense of the color of the frame. I ended up taking it outdoors. The corners are actually perfectly aligned; that's a trick of the light. Note the barrel distortion of the Sony 50mm ƒ/1.4 lens. Sigh.... Yes, I know it can be fixed in post, but this is a quickie JPEG for the web. I'm not going to bother. Not when you can see the reflection of the tree in my back yard in the picture....)
The mat is 2" all around and 2 1/4" on the bottom. Mats that are too narrow look stingy or meager, which isn't good, but I've always considered mats that are too wide to be pretentious, which I also dislike.
The matting and framing cost me $70.59 at Gallery One about a mile down the road from me. That's $4.41 less than I paid Gordon for the print. That's yet another prejudice of mine—I did a stint moonlighting in a framer's shop a few lifetimes ago, and I was always somewhat put out by people who were willing to spend more on the frame than they paid to the artist for the artwork. Came in just under the wire on that score.
I took my Ctein dye transfer print in at the same time, but we're still working on getting unbuffered mat board for that.
My original Lewis looks modest but elegant on the wall of TOP World Headquarters. I wish I'd bought the 11x14" size. Too late now.
P.S. If you framed yours and want to show us what it looks like, here's the code for adding a picture to the comments:
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P.P.S. Actually, apropos the post below, I'd talked to Juan a couple of years ago about offering a selection of his street photographs as a TOP print offer. Hmm...maybe we'd better try to reopen that discussion. There are a number of his pictures that I love and would love to have adorning the wall.Featured Comment by Greg Brophy: "As someone who used to work at a frame shop where we would hand guild gold frames, you get what you pay for. I framed a piece for my parents with a cheap frame and now it is buckling and the gold part is coming off. Framing is expensive. Maybe the photographers should charge more, but I wouldn't take it out on the people who work hard to make sure it is protected and looks great. I would get the people in the store who would have sticker shock and leave, but then it was a pleasure to get people who really cared about what they were framing. Sometimes it was artwork, other times it was something sentimental. The resulting work would look amazing. I have some incredible work framed at home. Everything from my grandfathers WWII jacket to fine art.
"I understand that it is expensive, but basic framing is not hard either and can be learned. Thankfully with the internet, I use places like American Framer and Light Impressions and do it myself. In 1995 they really didn't exist. They main thing I would suggest though is always use conservation mats like Bainbridge or Crescent at least 2 inches wide and us UV glass or plexi. You would be amazed at what one year unprotected will do to a picture."