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FRAMING GUIDELINES

Society members recommend simplicity in framing, allowing the image itself to come forward. Ornate frames can distract from the presentation of the photograph itself and may be more appropriate for display in a residence or office, where photographs are considered more decorative or may be part of the total room design; however, these types of frames will be accepted in the show, as long as the restrictions on outside dimensions are met (see below). On the other hand, an obviously “cheap” frame does not present the image in a way that will enhance the viewing experience and does not show care on the part of the artist/photographer. (As stated below, acrylic box frames and glass panes with a board on the back are not acceptable for the show.) Simple Nielsen-type metal or narrow-edge wood frames are usually considered most appropriate for a show such as this one; however, it is not the intent of the WTPSL members to stifle creativity or to exclude photographers who cannot afford professional framing.

Some entrants who wish to be creative in their framing will glue the print onto a piece of aluminum, barn wood, canvas, or other flat surface, without glass on the front, or present the print as a “gallery wrap.”  Some printing services also print directly onto aluminum. These methods will accepted (please see information on hangers, below).

Sizes:

For the first time in show history, we will have size restrictions this year. We ran out of wall space in 2009, and we would like to attempt to hang entries in a more artful way, with more space between them and more centering on the wall, top to bottom. The print and frame or other support must measure between 8x10 inches at the minimum and 21x25 inches at the maximum. The actual print may be of any size within those parameters. (For the maximum, we have allowed one inch in each dimension for the typical frame that will hold a 20x24 mat/overmat and glass.) If you take your photograph to a framing shop, such as Uncommon Graphics, Frame Pro, Michael’s, or Frame Mart, simply tell them to use a wire hanging method, with the wire stretching from one side to the other, and the apex of the wire two inches from the top of the frame.  They are professionals and understand the issues.

Hangers:

The WTPSL cannot accept frames/supports with certain types of hangers:  sawtooth, ring, and various custom hangers will not allow us to level the frame, and the use of tape will very often result in a frame’s falling onto the floor.  Acrylic box frames and glass panes with a board on the back are not acceptable.

If you take your photograph to a framing shop, such as Uncommon Graphics, Frame Pro, Michael’s, or Frame Mart, simply tell them to use a wire hanging method, with the wire stretching from one side to the other.  They are professionals and understand the issues.

Borderless Frames (aluminum, barnwood, gallery wraps, etc.) must have a wire on the back, attached in such a way that it stretches sufficiently across the frame to allow easy leveling, and it will not pull off.

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• Acceptable wire hanging methods.

An inexpensive wood frame will allow affixing an eyelet to each side and stringing a wire through them. This will hold well and allows leveling. Eyelets are available in framing kits.

Ready-made metal frames, such as those from Nielsen, also allow the frame to hang from a wire, and this method is very strong and allows easy leveling on the wall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to questions@lubbockphotography.org, and we will be happy to work with you. We want you to enter your prints!!!

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