Destin Sparks is an award-winning photographer who comes from Australia. Speaking about the power of photography, he recently said:
“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”
This is a phrase that really captures the amazing potential of photography: we all know that at just a glance, a photograph can convey a range of complex emotions and ideas without us having to consciously process it.
It’s little wonder that photography is so popular and many people choose to frame photographs in their home. But what if you’re looking for a truly unique frame?
If you are looking for something more interesting than just a standard frame, here are some unique ways to show off photography.
Putting Together a Frame: The Basics
Before we get into some unique frame ideas, let’s first take a look at how a frame is put together and what it is made of. This will help you to get an idea of how you can safely protect your photograph and the key considerations that you have to make.
The first component is the frame itself. These frames come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and materials so you can find a look that you like. There is no limit to what you can achieve, and many people consider the frame to be part of the art itself. You will want to find a durable frame that fits with its surroundings.
This section is the transparent material that protects your photograph. There are different types of glazing available and the quality can differ. Some glazing, for example, offers UV protection to safeguard your photograph over the years. Others also help to reduce the glare from surrounding light sources.
The Mounting Board
This is the material that your photograph will be attached to. This makes the mounting board very important, and it has to tick a range of boxes in terms of quality. It should be acid-free to protect your photograph, for example.
The Dust Paper
A layer of paper is placed behind the mounting board in a bid to stop dust and other particles from getting inside. This keeps the frame sealed while backing paper and tape are used to accommodate for the wire or hooks that will hang the frame.
Unique Ways to Show Off Photography: The Inspiration
Now that we have an idea of the way a frame is constructed, let’s take a closer look at some of the unique methods you can use to show off your photography.
Let’s begin with this arrangement of photographs. Displaying multiple photos alongside one another is a unique way to tell a story and build associations between a series of photos. Perhaps you could have a cluster of photos related to your family or a particular trip, or even a collection of abstract photos that tell a story when looked at together.
This is an intriguing way to create an interesting centrepiece in your home. In this example, there is also a clever use of black and white frame colours to complement the black and white photography.
The mounting boards on these frames add a touch of drama to the dreamy black and white photographs within. The dark grey boards complement the wall that the frames are hung upon, while the thin walnut frames offer a contemporary look.
The use of a very large mount is a contemporary touch and paradoxically, it helps to draw more attention to the photograph that is included within.
The previous examples have used interesting arrangements to tell a story, but you could also consider using neat arrangements to achieve a modern look. This collection of identical white frames are nice and ordered, presenting family portraits in an attractive way. This type of arrangement gives each photo equal weight and importance, meaning that our eyes naturally give each one equal attention.
Looking to frame a series of stunning photographs? You could consider a gallery wall. The very thin black frames paired with large white mounts help to create a contemporary look and gives each photograph its own space.
The frames fit well within the environment, occupying a significant portion of the wall and adding a nice balance to the skirting board beneath.
If you would like to embark on an interesting DIY adventure, you could even consider creating a multi-photo frame (or working with a trusted professional to create it). This frame can empower you to organise your photographs in a range of sizes and locations to get some truly exciting looks.
With this unique option, you could also create a frame that fits with the features and contours of the walls in your home. This is a great way to get the most from your home and create a striking centrepiece.
Discuss Your Needs Today
We hope that this look at creative framing options has inspired you! If you have a photograph that you would like to frame but you can’t quite decide which creative framing method you want to use, you could consult with professionals.
It would be our pleasure to discuss your framing needs and offer you guidance and inspiration!