It only took me two years, but I have put finally put my prints on my walls.
During the fall of 2017 (yes, that long), after almost a decade of photographing, I finally had the courage to invest in my own art by printing and framing them. I always consider my photography gear as tools/toys/collectibles, and the photographs as merely musings of a hobbyist, never really real artwork. Printing photographs is my form of investing and finally committing on [my] art.
I was debating on getting a Meural digital frame, but consolidating all of my photos/art work in one place will leave most of my walls bare (plus, it’s super expensive). I then promised myself to print one or two favorite photographs every three months and exhibiting them in my home.
I have been a proponent of digitizing memories. I find it easier to store, share with your loved ones, and hopefully immortalize when archived properly. Living in New York, the chances of you having permanence in domicile is lower than most other places. Having art on the walls seemed impractical since you’d most likely have to pack and move elsewhere every few years or so. There is, however something special when your home or apartment has personalized things, specially art, on your walls — even more so, your art. It is a declaration not only to the world, but more importantly, to yourself that your passion is real and it is good enough to be shared. You don’t have to be a pro nor have your work be published or sold to be seen or heard. You and your art will always have a voice in this world.
The Printing and Framing Service I Use
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