art of displaying and hanging photographs
Gina Joseph, Macomb Daily Staff Writer
Gina Joseph: "Family photographs, when properly framed and
hung, become works of art."
A weathered lighthouse
brightened by the smile of a summer sun.
toting a fishing rod, a bucket of pink salmon and a prideful
grin, flanked by his parents.
cheeks of a baby covered with her first taste of chocolate birthday
cake.The family's Christmas kitten playing tag with a bow tied
to her tail.
these are family photographs, but when properly framed and hung,
they become works of art.
pictures on a wall can be a difficult proposition. You need to
place the pictures in the right place so they can be viewed at
a comfortable eye level by most of the people who will be in
the room," said Pat McNulty, a professional photographer
is the owner of www.premierphotographer.com, an Internet gallery
where people can buy scenic photographs he's taken during his
visits to more than 20 countries and 37 states.
ordered off the Web site is an original print processed at his
Gwynedd Valley studio.
site is great for people who can't take a photo without shooting
who have great prints but don't know how to display them, McNulty's
site offers the following advice:
make a photograph or piece of art look better. Like the frame,
it enhances the photograph or artwork.
As a general
rule, frames should be hung at eye level. Exceptions to the rule
would include areas where the eye level changes. In the kitchen,
for example, eye level would be measured from a seated position.
doing a collage, arrange the artwork on the floor first. It allows
you to move pictures around without marking up the wall. It also
helps determine spacing.
can be hung symmetrically, or balanced. A series of photographs
showing the moves of a young karate student, for example, could
be hung in a two-, three- or four- pattern arrangement, evenly
can be hung asymmetrically. McNulty said this works best if you
have a lot of different sizes, colors and shapes. To avoid a
cluttered collection, be consistent. If you're going to use a
dark blue frame, for example, make sure the other frames match
it. You could use another shade of blue or a contrasting color
such as red.
pictures can be grouped and arranged in a square.
If you're going to hang your son's dinosaur sketch on the wall,
add a photograph of him taken at the age he drew the picture.
Need an item to finish an arrangement of photographs? Add a clock
or spray of dried flowers.
to hang a frame properly if you have an extra set of eyes. Have
one person stand back about 4 feet from the wall and have the
other hold up the picture and adjust the frame, McNulty said.
or topic ideas for this column? Gina Joseph can be reached at
(586) 783-0252 or email@example.com.
Macomb Daily 2002