Hanging the photography for the Novus exhibition

Hanging the photography for the Novus exhibition
Hanging the photography for the novus exhibition
Hanging the photography for the Novus exhibition

Although it is slightly difficult to see the photographs due to the reflections, my imagery is now mounted onto the wall space for the opening night of the Novus Photography exhibition on Friday 5th May. 

I have learnt a great deal about what is required to prepare and complete an exhibition. I am thoroughly proud of how the work has come together. 


Collecting the photographs from the framers 

I collected the photographs from the framers this afternoon ahead of hanging the imagery tomorrow for the exhibition, I photographed three of the five images which I am aiming to display to highlight the quality and that it is to a good standard and it’s really satisfying and empowering to view your photography in print, a physical encounter, rather than on a digital screen. Digitally viewing photographs really does not evoke a response as much as seeing the print framed does.

Preparing the exhibition space

To ensure that the exhibition area was prepared equally and efficiently, we were designated an exhibition space which we were to prepare as if it was our own; this was an enjoyable challenge as we were in charge of sanding the walls, filling in any uneven surfaces and painting the walls. 

Everyone helped each other and collectively we had done the job to a good standard; on completion of preparing the exhibition space, I helped to clean up by brushing up the dust and dirt which had accumulated from the sanding process. It was good to get involved in the team to ensure that everything got completed and no one was singularly burdened with multiple tasks. This experience has enlightened me to understand what you would be required to do if you set up an exhibition in the future, from this experience today I definitely feel confident in either independently or collaboratively preparing an area for exhibition.

I am really looking forward to collecting my photographs tomorrow and hanging the photographs, photo book and business cards on Friday, the exhibition is really coming together nicely and it is really rewarding to feel that the hard work is in fact paying off. 

Preparing Exhibition Space ’20’.
Preparing section ’20’ for the exhibition.

Framing – What Decision?

What framing style did I decide to choose?

I visited a local framers this morning; after viewing their extensive collection of framing samples, the decision was made to pursue my original intention, which was to select a black frame.

Furthermore I decided upon an ‘artic white’ mount, rather than a cream-white mount, this provides the photographic series with a clean, crisp finish as well as adding an additional layer to the image encounter, drawing people into view the photograph.


BRAMPTON PICTURE FRAMING. (2017) Artic White Mount Board. [Online Image] Available from: https://www.bramptonframing.com/diy-framing/mountboard/Conservation/sss089223
The photographs will be mounted and ready for collection on Thursday … and I cannot wait !

Framing Sampling

I decided to utilise Adobe Express ipad app, to gain an insight, or sampling of the different frames and how they would appear on my selected photographs… below are some sample frame ideas.


After much reflection, I have decided that a black frame (as seen below) with white mounts suit the photographs collectively… I am due to visit the framers tomorrow, to drop the A2 images off, I will see what options the framers offer at this moment I am intent on using black frames…


Vistaprint Business Cards

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I opted to create my own business cards, for the sole purpose of showing my online portfolio. I selected a 250 pack of folded business cards; although this is not a high-quality preview, vistaprint do not provide a high quality sample in case customers decide to print at home, which would take business away from vistaprint…

I feel this design and layout is effective as it is eyecatching, informative and supports the work which I shall exhibit on the wall.

Now I am awaiting the arrival of these cards, they shall be delivered during this upcoming week.

Vistaprint Business Cards – Sample Pack.

I received the Vistaprint business cards sample pack today; it is great to view the different sorts of business cards that this company creates; especially to consider when creating my business cards as well as for future circumstances where I may want to update my design.


An example of the various business cards Vista Print offer, alongside different paper options they offer, such as the creation of flyers or brochures.
Gloss (top image), Spot effect (middle image) and matt (bottom image).
Spot effect.

Business Cards

From visiting the opening night of last year’s Novus Exhibition, I saw that many of the student photographers had utilised business cards…I felt this was a professional, appropriate approach which would link people to my photography portfolio.

I decided to have a look at Moo business cards initially and ordered a sample pack which I have received – They have such a wide variety to choose from e.g. Square format was a unique layout, different from the standard rectangular cards.


Sampling Business Cards.
Textured Sample Business Cards.
Square Business Card Sample.
Bevelled effect sample.



Images Selected For Exhibition Printing.

What images are going to be shown or exhibited in the Novus show?

I have chosen x5 A2 Photographs to exhibit in the Novus exhibition

Paper Stock?

I selected Oyster paper, and had a sample of my photography printed on this by a printing company prior to committing to the A2 prints.


I am thoroughly pleased with the high quality printing and the level of detail which has been maintained throughout the printing process; initially hesitant to source an outside printing company, due to the lack of control or input that I would have on the images. On reflection I must admit that I do not regret this decision, and it has developed my confidence in my photography, knowing that the work I am producing is of a wonderful quality, my images can be sent away to be printed – in the future I hope to print more regularly.

Book Production #1.

Breakthrough book.

I received the first copy of my photographic book from Blurb in the post today. I thoroughly feel the book is effective in terms of book layout, image quality and use of text as well as being successful in compiling a wide range of my work in an order which expresses my thoughts and feelings in such a manner which is ordered and accompanied by text.

However, in the introduction I would realise that there was a major typing error.

Typing error in book

Throughout the book, some of the images appeared twice, as the images are so detailed it can be confusing in recognising which image you have previously seen; despite proof-reading multiple times. On further research on Blurb’s website, I have been enlightened to find that Blurb do not proof read and work but rather they print what has been submitted, as well as that Blurb will not accept any returns as a result of typing errors. Furthermore, being unfamiliar with the ‘Book Wright’ program which Blurb offer, the navigations and options of the program in my opinion are confusing and not very user-friendly.

Image repeated twice.
Image repeated twice.

Learning from this mistake has been a costly one, I rectified the errors which were present within the first copy, have sent this to print and now I am eagerly awaiting its arrival on 24/25th of April, ensuring that somone else has also proof-read the book this time, not just myself.

As the book cost £60 for the large landscape size, this time, upon reflection I chose a standard landscape size book: one with a hardcover for the purpose of my portfolio and a soft cover as I felt a soft cover book would be more easily accessible to those attending the exhibition and decide to view my work. Furthermore a smaller format book (as the large book…is large!) would offer a more intimate, personal experience for the viewer.