Today was a special day – the official grand opening of my photography gallery in Bedminster, NJ. Having a brick-and-mortar gallery of my work has been a long time dream and to see it come together is a thrill. Then to have family and friends come together to help me celebrate made for a day I won’t forget. I’ve had the space for a few months but with all my workshops and traveling I wasn’t able to put all the final pieces together until this month. With the help of new gallery manager Susie Fang, the gallery will be open Wednesdays through Sundays and by special appointment.
I am showing my work in four formats. Earlier this year I purchased a high end 44″ wide photo printer so I can make my own prints. So I’m offering traditional prints on archival paper with beautiful frames. I’m having custom frames handmade in Philadelphia and using the highest quality Museum Glass in the frames. The glass has very little reflection so you can hardly tell there is glass covering the photo. I am now also able to print on canvas and frame them myself. Canvas prints have a painterly look to them and don’t need glass. I am also offering paper prints mounted behind acrylic. This is the most expensive way there is to mount a photo and I wouldn’t think of trying to do it myself so I have a top pro lab produce them. The look is amazing as light goes through the 1/4 inch highly polished acrylic and makes the colors and detail pop. Finally I’m also offering prints on metal. Again this is a highly specialized process where dyes are infused into the metal, so I use a top lab in Florida to make them. The metals have a look similar to the acrylic mount but they are lighter and easier to handle. They are a little less expensive and the metal is extremely durable, it can even be hung outdoors or in a bathroom where the shower creates a lot of steam.
I wish I could have a party like today everyday, just have lots of friends hanging out, enjoying each other, loving life and selling a few photos.
Thanks to friend and fellow photographer Walter Choroszewski for sending over some photos from the event.