“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

3.18.2008

Borders


Today, just a quote, but it's one of my favorites, and it hangs as you see it in my living room. When I was adding the black border, I was reminded of something that the-usually-packing-heat-but-still-funny-as-hell Robert told me years ago.  A friend of his - another photographer - had berated him (he, Robert) for adding a black border to his (Robert's) photographs when he (Robert) printed them.  He (the friend) said the print should be able to stand on its own, that the border became part of the visual image.  Which I believe is true, but okay if you want  that border to be part of the image.  I'm pretty partial to borders, and have always, up until this very moment, felt kind of juvenile about it, like a student who doesn't know any better.  But I now, as of right now,  embrace that border-loving part of me - I even paint borders on some of my paintings, and add them to collages - I'll have to take a picture of the painting commissioned by the lovely lovely Katie; it has a border right there on the canvas, where everyone & God can see it.


4 comments:

  1. I am a big border person myself, I think it sets it off better. It "frames" whatever you are presenting.

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  2. I agree with chris, it really isn't any different than putting your piece in a frame. It stops the eye. This has nothing to do with the merit of the piece. It says that your piece is sooo dynamic that you need to reign it in!! ;)

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  3. That's kind of the way I always felt. But also, I was much younger when I was told this, and a student, and quite in awe of those I considered professionals, and so considered their opinions to always be correct. I've grown since! Thank Goodness! Although I am still quite in awe (well, maybe not awe - he may be reading this! LOL!) of Robert's abilities with a camera. You should see his photo of a crow on someone's hand - it's beautiful!

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  4. For anyone interested, I added a link called crow on hand under the list "last but not least".

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