Rome Wasn't Built In A Day, Neither Was This Photo Project

The Daily Dig

It is an interesting thing how you have things planned to go one way, and by no fault by your own…they go another way.

Published on: March 19, 2013

Ever since I was a kid, I remember having an interest in building things. Some ideas were worse than others, while some turned out to be right on the money. To this day, my sister will not hesitate to share the story of when we were kids and I had the grand idea to build a kite out of dad's old 2x4's.

So it just makes sense for me to do custom framing along with my photography. It comes naturally.

I would be lying if I said my latest adventure was a "weekend project." This is more of an "8-month-old project that should have been done in a weekend project."

I was at my local chiropractor and, knowing I did photography on the side, had an idea and asked about what agricultural or landscape photos I have for sale. He wanted to redecorate his walls and wanted to keep with local scenes and local artists.

After inking what I thought was a ready frame, I noticed glue spots coming through the corner seams. Having to sand down the entire frame, getting it ready to apply yet another first coat.
After inking what I thought was a ready frame, I noticed glue spots coming through the corner seams. Having to sand down the entire frame, getting it ready to apply yet another first coat.

We finalized on a photo and what wall he wanted it placed. Roughly 5 feet wide by 2 feet deep, not bad. This would be my biggest project I have taken on to date, and boy it is by far one of the most fun, entertaining and learning-experience ones.

I had in my mind, and from experience working with other clients, that this project would be done within two weeks, giving me ample time to work on everything. Then life happened. Work picked up, travel picked up, family picked up – and before I knew it, months had gone by.

The finished frame after sanding, inking and sealing. patiently waiting to be assembled.
The finished frame after sanding, inking and sealing. patiently waiting to be assembled.

It is an interesting thing how you have things planned to go one way, and by no fault by your own…they go another way. Thank goodness, they are just as busy as I am and are in no rush.

I thought hard as to what kind of frame I wanted to fit this photo – can I really call a 5 foot by 2 foot image a photo? When does a photo become a picture? Anyways, I was leaning toward purchasing a nice simple black metal frame. But every time I went to pull the trigger on it, something stopped me. This went on for a while. I learned a long time ago to trust my gut– it's usually right.