Hanging Photographs

Friday, February 27, 2009





 I tend to procrastinate if I feel the finished product won't be exactly as I desire. I would rather live with apple boxes to store my clothes in, than spend money on an a chest of drawers that I do not love. I  work on the same painting for weeks and then leave it if I feel it is going in the wrong direction. Procrastinating perfectionism. 


A couple of years ago, I purchased a photo session at a school auction. I tend to shy away from this type of portrait photography, preferring to fill our home with photos from daily life. However, this photographer had a bit of an edge. I like that. The price was right and I figured it was time to have a couple of good photos of my children. The photo shoot was fun, he had us bring in lots of props from our life. My son brought along a tattoo sleeve. No, those are not real tattoos. 

 The gist of the story was that I was afraid to buy the giant frames for the matting and photos. I thought the size would overpower our small living room. So, the photos sat in a box. For two years. 

I had recently thrifted some vintage pant hangers in dark wood. The handles boasted that they were 24 carat gold. I only paid $2 for the lot of them. I had this idea in mind and I thought these hangers would be perfect.  I think I saw it in a magazine, with just photos hanging from the hangers. I pulled the photos, with matting, out of their dusty box and hooked them into the hangers. My sweetheart hung hooks so the photos would be easily interchangeable and a bit away from the wall.

The finished product is beginning to grow on me. I am nervous that the photos are not protected from dust by glass. But, what I do know, is the alternative is to be tucked in their box, free from dust, but out of sight. I am beginning to like it... 

5 comments:

janet said...

I wonder if you could put a piece of lightweight plexiglas over the photo and under the hanger. Not sure if it would stay aligned with the edge but it would solve the dust problem.

Liz said...

Oh I LOVE this! What a fabulous idea, very cool.

Christopher Guilfoil said...

What gorgeous young adults! Their mom must be proud.

You can have the photos sprayed with a protective surface at good frame shops, or do it yourself. Have them vacuum mounted at the same time.

All the best,
Chris

Kristin Lea said...

Oh I love this!! What a great idea!! I showed My Chad and he thought it was great, he is already planning to do it in the bedroom!!!

Circe said...

Yes, I agree; VERY COOL! And you are a gorgeous family! You SHOULD be up on the wall where everyone can admire you!

Now... where to get 24ct gold pants hangers....