If you are like many of us, your taste may have changed since you last added new art to your space or you’re seeking a refreshing change of pace from complicated art wall arrangements. If so read on, and I will give you a few ideas on why to consider large-scale photography as the perfect palate cleanser. Extra-large (roughly 20 inches and larger on the short side) photographs look crisp and modern, and they make decorating your walls easier than you may know. Here are a few reasons to make space for a large-scale photograph.
One large-scale photo can cost less than a gallery wall. If you are starting from scratch, picking out one statement-making photo to frame (while not cheap) may end up costing less than putting together a wall full of smaller, framed works. There are many online photo galleries today but you should approach them with caution. Most galleries look good on a back lit monitor or on your IPAD or phone but there are only a few photographers that produce images that retain detail and sharpness on truly big fine art limited edition prints. Go with someone you can trust to find that piece you love. Print by Jess Lee, Red Dawn over Teton Barn
Large-scale photography can be personalized. Have a memory of treasured memory of a place you visited on that special trip or better yet a place you want to be apart of but just can't make it yet? A photograph of that place or event where you would like to visit be printed super-sized will always fire your imagination and release the pressures of today's lifestyle. Print by Jess Lee, Equine Surfers
If you want to super-size one of your own family photos, be sure to choose one taken on the highest quality camera you own. Phone photo quality is always improving, but when you’re making an enlargement of this magnitude, it’s important to go with the highest possible resolution. Photos over 36" should be from cameras that produce a RAW file of over 36 megapixels. Sure you can take big photos with smaller file sizes but we art talking about high-quality big prints.
Big prints framed and mount properly will bring a gallery-like focus to the work. Museums and galleries hang artwork with plenty of white space surrounding each piece to draw the eye to the intended focal point — a concept you can use at home as well. When you choose that favorite photograph be sure to hang it with ample breathing space so it can be fully savored. Photo by Jess Lee, The Delta
Big Prints work well with minimal spaces. A single oversize photograph has a large presence in a room yet doesn’t clutter up the space with several little frames competing for attention. The overall effect is striking but in a clean, minimal way that works well with sleek, modern interiors. Print by Jess Lee, Teton Spring
It can transport you to a favorite place — or somewhere you dream of going. Whether your heart is calling you to, the wilds of the Grand Tetons, to see Cowboys and horses on the open ranges of the West or the calm of beautiful trees, there’s sure to be a photograph that captures the magic of the place. Keeping a visual reminder of the places you’ve been (and long to visit) is a wonderful way to infuse your home with a spirit of wanderlust and adventure. Print by Jess Lee, Mollies Wolves
Super-sized photography can bring the outdoors in. Simply looking at leafy green trees can help us feel calmer and more peaceful. Try hanging an extra-large (or even wall-size) nature photograph to immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world, even if you live in the heart of the city. Print by Jess Lee, Flowing Red
A great big photograph sets the mood in a way that lots of little pieces of art simply cannot match. From funny antics of a grizzly bear to evocative black-and-white photography, there’s a subject and style to suit every mood, so keep looking until you find the piece that speaks to you. Print by Jess Lee, Cathedral Group
Big is easy. Hang one and you’re done — it’s as simple as that. With an oversize photograph, there’s a lot less leveling and hammering to do, so you can get to the best part: kicking back and enjoying your beautiful space.
Print by Jess Lee, Winter Wonderland.