I really enjoy looking at this image, however, I have yet to print it. I am holding off in general, from printing because I am rethinking the whole notion of how to “exhibit” imagery in a gallery setting.

I am seeing images from other photographers that are presented “nude”- without glass. Often these images are printed on canvas, and are many-times quite large. These images to me, have a huge visual impact, and are nearly impossible to ignore.

They contrast with the traditional black-framed, white matted, under glass examples that I have been using since my college days. I think this school of thought was for some reason established during the heydays of monochromatic printing. I think that era was during a time when photography was still not considered by many artists to be a legitimate art form. I think that issue motivated the de facto leaders of the photographic movement to establish some rules as to what was acceptable. I think that format is being broken. I sure am inspired to “break out”.


About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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  1. Maya says:

    There are so many more options these days and it seems each print needs serious evaluation as to the best way to show its characteristics. I vote for canvas for this beautiful print 🙂

  2. Thank you Maya, I value your input. I am about to order a 30×40 canvas print.

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