Michael B Wood Photography: Blog https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/blog en-us Copyright (C) Michael B Wood mbwood@mbwoodphotography.com (Michael B Wood Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:33:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:33:00 GMT https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u690033271-o686504725-50.jpg Michael B Wood Photography: Blog https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/blog 116 120 Large prints and murals https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/blog/2018/12/large-prints-and-murals Photo Murals


One area in which I have expertise is that of creating photo murals.  My senior project in art college was printing an 18 foot wide photo mural of my work to display in the new arts building of the local university. At the time it was the largest photograph in Canada. That was way before the age of digital printing so it had to be done with multiple large format negatives, horizontal enlargers, and long exposure times.


Now things have evolved to the point where giant digital prints can be made with the touch of a button.  The preparation of the digital file for creating an extra large print is the new challenge.


In the 2000’s I created a series of 30 foot wide photo murals that were used as backdrops in a public speaking environment.  These were all made from low-res early generation digital images.  


I have some confidence in printing extra large and mural sized images.  I can offer most of my work printed as an extra large print or even a photo mural. Contact me for specifics.



mbwood@mbwoodphotography.com (Michael B Wood Photography) https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/blog/2018/12/large-prints-and-murals Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:13:42 GMT
Presentation - Displaying prints https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/blog/2018/12/presentation---displaying-prints Print Presentation - framing mounting etc.


This is a topic that obsesses me a bit.  There are several pet peeves that I have regarding the way photography is often presented in galleries and museums.  One of the biggies for me is the cover glass (or plastic) that is commonly put over a photo when it is framed.  This is rarely done with paintings and I often wondered why it is done with photography.  Any way there are many ways to display photographs without resorting to the frame, mat and cover glass.  Here are some of the techniques that I have used with pros and cons.  Of course I am happy to deliver un-mounted prints to collectors and leave it up to them and their advisors as to how to present them. 

    As many customers ask how I think a print should be presented, I am writing a short summary of my thoughts and experiences regarding presentation.


  1. Aluminum back mount with plexiglas face mount.  This used to be my fave because the image pops so well. The thing that I  don’t like about it are the reflections off of the glossy plexiglas. In my opinion when one views a photograph one shouldn’t see the reflections of the window behind them or anything else that the photographer didn’t include in the image.
  2. Traditional, two inch matte all around the photograph, framed with a black photo frame and covered with glass or plastic.  By far the most commonly used presentation method used in galleries today.  It’s nice but has the same issues as mentioned before, reflections and something between the viewer and the print. 
  3. Canvas gallery wrap.  This accomplishes getting rid of the cover glass or plastic so the viewer is looking directly at the image.  That part I like but I personally don’t like the texture of the canvas. 
  4. DiBond with Laminate.  This is still one of my favorites.  The print is mounted (glued) to an aluminum composite material that is very stiff and flat.  It’s also light weight as compared to an aluminum sheet.  A laminate is then applied to the face of the print to protect it from UV light and the elements in general.  The print can be presented as is with a french cleat on the back or it can be put in a floater frame or any other type of frame but no cover glass is required.  
  5. A new process that I am currently experimenting with.  Printing is done on a fine semi transparent Japanese paper and that is adhered to a substrate such as canvas or board. That is then varnished as a painting would be. The result is an image that pops, doesn’t have a canvas texture and doesn’t have a cover glass.  It can be framed or hung without framing.  Generally the canvas has a depth of 1-2 inches and the edges are black or white though other colors can be used.  


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Kinesolo - the surfing series https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/blog/2018/12/kinesolo---the-surfing-series KineSolo, 


In this series I was interested in creating a dreamy look that depicts the human form engaged in an activity that demands contortions of the body. The human form and contrast with motion blur abstracts the image, seascapes provide the set.  Humans being human in their great endeavor to appreciate life set on the vast stage of the sea.


Kinesolo is a series that started completely by accident.  I was shooting some abstracts of the shore area in Malibu.  It was near a popular surfing spot and I inadvertently captured a blurred image of a surfer in the corner of my frame. I was, at the time, looking for a new series that featured the human form.  This shot struck me.  The black wetsuit that most surfers were wearing at that time of year, when blurred made an abstracted type of silhouette.  Wow time to get to work.  You can clearly see that thinking in the pieces titled Kinesolo 1, 2 and 3, which were the first shots in that series. I shot thousands of images over many months. And then I began to edit. 

I’m still discovering and enjoying the ride.  Check back often to see the latest.



mbwood@mbwoodphotography.com (Michael B Wood Photography) Abstract Human kinesolo Malibu minimalism Surf Surfing https://www.mbwoodphotography.com/blog/2018/12/kinesolo---the-surfing-series Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:20:02 GMT