Not exactly on the wall, but in the darkroom I keep a slightly mangled window mat. It's my cheapest accessory, and the one I most enjoy using. Once a print is dry enough and flat enough, I drop the matt over it and get a first taste of what the photo really looks like without distracting clutter. I love that moment.
It's also a stage at which I cull quite a lot. This one was yesterday. Part of a series about livestock farming and trading that I've been accumulating. Sheep are nice things, and this is quite a pleasing print tonally, but it isn't wall-worthy on its own.
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What a brilliant idea for a thread! How many others do as I do and frame prints, tape around the back, etc. then think "Oh (insert preferred expletive) it! I should have scanned that before I framed it!)"
Ah yes, when I'm not down to framing a couple of pieces the morning of the day I want to submit to a show, since I normally use aluminum sectional frames, I try to put the matted piece in the frame with just enough spring leaves in the back to keep the mat at the front of the frame. I then photograph it, pop the frame open and add the glazing. Where my expletives come in is when even after carefully cleaning the glazing and closely looking over the 'package', I put in half the spring leaves, look again, and see an eyelash or widget of dust plastered against the mat!What a brilliant idea for a thread! How many others do as I do and frame prints, tape around the back, etc. then think "Oh (insert preferred expletive) it! I should have scanned that before I framed it!)"
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