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HOW TO CREATE AN ART GALLERY WALL

ATTN: ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS! YOU ARE TAKING PHOTOS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. TRULY, YOUR PHOTOS ARE PIECES OF ART, RIGHT? THEN THEY SHOULD BE DISPLAYED AT YOUR HOME. HERE ARE SOME GREAT TIPS ON HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR ART PIECES IN YOUR OWN HOME.

You know, we all have classic photos that we should be showing off, displaying to our friends and family.  Here is a gallery of photos that show how you can display them in your own home:

Looking for a unique way to display your art collection? We asked 3 top designers to share tips to help you create a professional art gallery wall — an eclectic mix of paintings, prints, photographs and other artwork — at home.

Make a Statement

Jen Bekman, founder of the popular online art shop, 20×200, finds that creating a gallery wall is the perfect way to make a personal statement at home. “This is your opportunity to make a statement about who you are and what you like. Mix paintings and photography, black-and-white and color and combine high and low pieces,” advises Bekman. Image courtesy of 20×200

Have Fun With the Layout

Before placing your collection of pieces, Bekman suggests playing with a few layouts until you identify the best one for your gallery wall. “I recommend laying your framed work on the floor to try out a few setups. You can even use painters tape to outline the size of the wall to help you visualize. Take cell phone snaps of a few variations that you like as you go. To start, use two to four pieces hung in the center at the same height to establish your anchor or focal point and fill in from there.” Image courtesy of 20×200

Think About Placement

As you are designing your gallery wall, think about the placement of each piece, particularly when you’re hanging art over a sofa or chair. “When installing artwork over furniture, leave at least eight inches between the base of the frame and the top of the furniture,” says Bekman. Be sure not to hang pieces too low or too high. Eye level is best. Image courtesy of 20×200

Think About Simplicity as well:

As you are designing your collection of art, perhaps the one thing you could also do, is think about simplicity of the arrangement of your art. What we have found is if you put something over the couch, or some piece of furniture, is to put in groups of 3. It tends to break up the monotony of the room, and adds more interest, and hopefully color to your room. Image courtesy of 20×200

Create a Wall Story

Gallery walls can also be used as a unique way to document and tell a story of your travels and experiences. You can include photographs from recent trips and prints and artwork that you bought while on vacation. Lemieux is a fan of identifying pieces that have a sense of story to them. “I’m always inspired by the vintage art I find while traveling and have developed a deep love of collecting pieces from flea markets and galleries all over the world. I love artwork that has a back-story. It’s a real conversation starter.” Image courtesy of Dwell Studio

Frame Your Work

Your gallery wall is not just about the art on display, but also the frames that highlight the art. For a clean look, frames in the same color and style are the perfect fit. You can also mix and match picture frames so that you work feels like it has been collected over time. “Frame your artwork with unique frames. Go for something distressed for an old-world vibe. I’m always finding vintage frames at flea markets. They can add so much visual interest to the home,” remarks Lemieux. Image courtesy of Dwell Studio

Go Off-Center

“Ideally you’ll have one picture to build from, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be centered,” interior designer Hillary Thomas advises. When building your gallery wall, try hanging pieces to the left or right of center for an arrangement that is less formal. Image courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs

Mix It Up

Illustrations, paintings and a menagerie of distinctive pieces can all have a home on your gallery wall. “Do mix in drawings with photos and paintings. The more eclectic, the more you’ll get a ‘salon’ feel,” says Thomas. Image courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs

Let Loose

The final and most important thing to remember when creating your gallery wall is that there is no specific formula for creating a great display. Thomas’s final tip: “Creating a gallery wall can be intimidating, but don’t overthink it. Just jump in!” Enjoy the creative process and have fun creating a unique gallery wall that you will enjoy over time. Image courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs

A special thanks to Hillary Thomas Designs, Dwell Studios, and 20X200 for their incredible photography and skills in displaying their photos.  I am sure we will learn a lot from this article.

A special thanks to Hillary Thomas Designs, Dwell Studios, and 20X200 for their incredible photography and skills in displaying their photos.  I am sure we will learn a lot from this article.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOT IN ITALY IS:

The reviews are in for the Italian Dolomites – and the critics are wowed. And we agree! Italy is already one of the most beautiful countries is the world, and the Dolomites have been chosen as our PHOTOS OF THE WEEK for 11/7/2019!

This mountain range in the north-east of Italy has scored an impressive 4.7 out of five on Google Reviews from over 800 ratings, with visitors variously describing it as ‘magical’, ‘spectacular’ and ‘just awesome’.

And if you want to know what magical, spectacular and awesome looks like, look no further than the amazing photographs snapped by Polish photographer Anita Demianowicz during a visit last autumn. Her incredible images, shot at sunrise or sunset, capture the stunning beauty and drama of the range – its jagged peaks, its picture-postcard villages and the breathtaking surrounding landscape. 

The collection includes the jaw-dropping village of Santa Maddalena, the Seiser Alm – the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe – and serene lakes including Lago di Braies and Lake Misurina.

Anita told MailOnline Travel: ‘I love mountains, especially when they suddenly appear to grow out of the water. There are also many beautiful lakes surrounding the mountains and this is what impressed me the most about this stunning landscape.’

All photos in this presentation were taken by: Anita Demianowicz and provided by: Associated Newspapers Limited

The beautiful village of Santa Maddalena – one of the most popular villages in the Dolomites for tourists


Anita took this snap in the commune of Val-di-Funes. She says that autumn is her favourite time to visit the mountains


The sun peeks behind the jagged peaks that loom over Seiser Alm, the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe. Anita said: ‘Sunrise and sunset is the best time to take photos. At this time, the shadows lengthen, and the light becomes soft and takes on a beautiful golden shade’


The mountains are reflected in the crystal clear waters of Lago di Braies. This is Anita’s favourite picture in her Dolomites set. She said: ‘By placing a person in the picture, it’s possible to see the sheer scale of the landscape’


The stunning Lake Antorno stands before the Giau Pass. Anita says the Dolomites is the perfect place for photographers to capture stunning images


Anita captured this atmospheric shot on the Seiser Alm meadow. She said it’s one of her favourite places in the Dolomites


This stunning picture shows the Grand Hotel Misurina, which overlooks the mighty Lake Misurina, 1,754 metres (5,754ft) above sea level


Lake Carezza, pictured, is one of the smallest lakes in the Dolomites and is surrounded by a beautiful alpine forest. It’s fed by underground springs and is famous for its tranquil waters


Anita stands in front of the 7,335ft-high Giau Pass. It is close to Italy’s border with Austria and is a popular, albeit gruelling, test for cyclists


Anita said: ‘I love mountains, especially when they suddenly appear to grow out of the water. There are also many beautiful lakes surrounding the mountains’


Anita said: ‘Each place in the Dolomites has something special.’ This is the Giau Pass pictured beneath a mesmerisingly starry sky


Anita said: ‘I didn’t get to all the fantastic places in the Dolomites, but I liked Seiser Alm (pictured) and Lago di Braise the most’
Thanks to Anita Demianowicz for sharing all these photos today. It truly was nice to have just one photographer provide all the photos for the Photos of the Week. Hope you enjoyed these amazing photos as well.

ARE PHOTO COMPETITIONS GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL?

Are photography competitions good for your soul? The idea of diving headfirst into the promising ocean of photographic competitions is one that can be appealing. Imagine yourself surrounded by admirers – fame, and accolades aplenty for your work. The thought is pretty appealing, isn’t it?

But for most of us, that cool blue water of success turns out to be little more than a dream. Most competitions for most photographers and artists end with little more than a rejection letter, or a place on the shortlist if you’re very lucky.

What is there to gain?

Well, to be quite frank, there’s an awful lot to gain from entering your photography work into competitions. And pretty much all competitions will help you grow and improve as a photographer if you put some thought into the images you’re selecting.

Internet competitions can be a good way of working out which are your better images.

You can use competitions for different purposes. For instance, local club competitions or some of the online competition sites can be good for working out which variations of images appeal to people more. If you’re a little stuck with an image, then entering a local club competition might help you see some of the flaws in your shot.

Prizes, notoriety, or self-improvement?

At the top of the scale, there are huge cash awards and even residencies to win through photographic competitions. Of course, you can’t just make a living by winning competitions with your photos, but the kind of cash prizes that some competitions award will certainly pay a good chunk of your living expenses for a while!

But for most of us, what we gain is a wider audience and a better sense of our work. And these things are both important to photographers in their own way.

Having an audience isn’t just important for pros, it can open all kinds of doors for amateurs too. Plus, as much as we sometimes loathe to admit it – nice comments and ‘likes’ can go a long way to making us feel good about our work.

The process of selecting images to enter into a competition can be extremely powerful for your work. Trying to narrow all the photos you’ve taken into just a small handful that fit a brief is a difficult process. But this process should tell you something about yourself and your work, and perhaps even push your future work in a particular direction.

Entering competitions can be a great learning experience.

Protecting your mental health

We don’t always win competitions. Of course, it would be impossible for everyone to win every competition that they entered. Not placing in shortlists time and time again can be tough on our mental health.

You must make sure you’re entering competitions for good reasons, and not those that end up lowering your mood when you face rejection. Finding these reasons can be difficult even for seasoned photographers.

So how can you change bad reasons to good?

Think about why you’re entering competitions

Every now and then I like to reassess where I am with my competition goals to make sure I’m on track, and I invite you to do the same right now. Take a notepad and a pen and spend no more than five minutes jotting down the reasons that you might want to enter competitions.

Once you’ve taken some time to make that list, grab a coffee and review it. Take particular note of reasons that relate to your self-esteem. They could be reasons such as “I want to win competitions to prove I’m not a bad photographer,” or “I want to win competitions to show that time spent on my hobby is worthwhile.”

By framing your ambitions in this way, you’re dangerously close to resting your photographing (and personal) self-esteem on the result of the competition. Screw up the competition, and your photographic self-esteem drops. Photography should be pleasurable and fun to participate in, and competitions should support that.

Setting better goals

Instead, try to focus on goals that aren’t tied to your self-esteem. Hone in on more positive reasons to enter competitions such as “I want to enter competitions to help me develop my photographic voice” or “I want to enter competitions to encourage me to shoot a wider variety of subjects.”

These goals are not only much more achievable, but we don’t face the same kind of mood drop if we end up not winning. We have met our goal because our goal was simply to refine our work or shoot more variety. Anything additional, like placing on a shortlist, is a bonus.

Don’t forget to be kind to yourself

It’s important when entering competitions to be kind to yourself. Winning a competition can be a glorious feeling, but allow yourself to fail too. Failing is a very human trait, and it’s not something you will be able to escape.

Have compassion for yourself when the lows happen. Treat yourself to something you enjoy photographically and then go back out and get those goals on track.

Ultimately, you mustn’t allow competitions to have power over you. If the results of competitions become tied to the worth of your photography, then you’re on a rocky path that could end up with you falling out of love with photography. And you wouldn’t be here on this site if you didn’t love taking pictures.

Finding competitions to enter

If you start building your network of photographers who also enter competitions, you’ll start hearing about opportunities via word of mouth. But that’s not the only way to find new places to enter your photographs.

I use a service by Google called Alerts to keep up to date with what competitions are opening for entries. All you need is a Google account, and you can set the service up to send you regular alerts every time it picks up new content using the keywords you define.

These alerts have led me to hear about some interesting photography competitions that I wouldn’t have otherwise found.

So are photography competitions good for your soul?

In my opinion, they certainly can be. I feel that they help me develop my practice as a photographer, allow me to experiment freely, and allow me to be judged amongst my peers. Those three things are very important to me.

Competitions can also be a great chance to meet new photographers and discover new work. Going to your local camera club, or even the exhibition from a larger competition can be both productive and exciting!

But you must take steps to understand why you want to enter competitions with your photography and if you’re entering for good reasons. When stepping into the competitive photography arena, you first of all need to take steps to protect your mental health and ensure you’re not putting yourself at risk.

The post Are Photography Competitions Good for Your Soul? appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Charlie Moss.

AS A LITTLE RESEARCH TO FIND THE TOP 10 PHOTO CONTESTS TO ENTER FOR THE YEAR 2019, CHECK THESE OUT:

Here are just a few winning photos. Do yours compare:

This is the winning image from Caron Steele. She said: ‘On arriving in Greece to photograph the Dalmatian pelicans in their breeding plumage I discovered that Lake Kerkini, their favoured haunt, had frozen for the first time in 16 years. All the pelicans had flown off. Fortunately, a few holes started to thaw in the lake and the birds slowly began to return. Unused to the slippery icy surface of the lake they regaled us with hilarious antics as they slid across the lake surface trying to retain control as they took off and landed. I was lucky enough to capture one such rare moment when this magnificent pelican ran towards me across the ice at dusk before taking off. It was a truly unique experience, both magical and comical at the same time. And the image remains a moment of pure joy captured forever’. The picture swept the board. It won people’s choice and best portrait on top of earning Ms Steele the overall prize


Cruz was on an organized night dive in the Lembeh Strait off North Sulawesi, Indonesia and, as an eager photographer, held back from the group to allow slower swimmers to take photos. He found himself over a sand flat, in just 10 feet of water. He encountered the pair of bigfin reef squid. They were engaged in courtship, involving a fast‑changing communication of lines, spots and stripes of varying shades and colors. One immediately jetted away, but the other hovered just long enough for Cruz to capture one instant of its glowing underwater show.
CRUZ ERDMANN, WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR


“Dreaming Merlin.” 
Courtesy of Denise Czichocki/The Kennel Club
This is Merlin, a 14-year-old rescued Podengo. “I was lucky to find this beautiful magnolia tree near my home in Switzerland. And still more lucky to get the chance to take photos of wonderful dogs in these magnolia,” Czichocki told the Kennel Club.
“Merlin was one of them. It wasn’t easy to take photos of him because of his absolutely deafness. … He gave me so many beautiful moments as you can see in this picture. This is Merlin, beautiful, dreamy and kind of wise. A wonderful old dog with so much charisma.”