Unfinished dreams. 2006. Vintage photography. Fine art.
Artwork framing is the most important part which decides about a work of art’s presentation and its exhibition value. There is conscious communication between the framing and a work of art, they complement each other and create the final visual effect of a photograph. A well thought-out choice of the right material gives a photograph a life of its own. Fine art photography which is intended for auction sale or exhibition, being not only an item of artistic value, but also of collector’s value, has to meet certain standards.
The wood used for making profiles has 8-12% of moisture content and usually is hardwood from beech, ash, alder, maple, oak, fruit trees or tropical trees. It is always the best quality timber, free of knots, sapstain or other defects. The wood I use for framing is usually seasoned in natural conditions for a few or more than ten years. Panels of wood, before they are milled, mature for a few weeks to prevent distortion of profiles. After obtaining a desired shape, the ready material is seasoned for another few weeks. A ready profile gets into my hands and the painstaking processing of each frame begins, one by one, for several months. Every frame is made with my own hands, thanks to this its uniqueness is exceptional. The material used to protect wood after processing is mostly oil. A photograph has no direct contact with the frame and glass.
Passe-partout is made of foam board which meets the requirements of ISO 90706 and has direct contact with the print, at the same time increasing its durability. ISO standards define requirements that have to be met by a product made from paper, so that it could have direct contact with print for many years. Passe-partout is a kind of packaging that protects the work of art.
ISO standards are as follows:
– acid-free quality – pH 7 minimum means the material is not acidic. Chemicals used in paper production, together with the environment pollution and climate cause acidification of paper, that is to say cellulose fibers are broken down making paper look yellowish and start to crack
-in order to make material more acid-free magnesium carbonate or calcium carbonate is added so-called buffer/alkaline reserve, according to the standards the content of a buffer should be between 3 to 5% ? this is so-called durability.
-a vital factor in paper production is the choice of material that will be used for making the product. The standards require to use Alpha cellulose, material that has long and strong fibers. The material used for paper production doesn’t contain lignin. Thanks to high quality resources being used, no optical brighteners need to be added, which normally prevents efflorescence in paper.
-recycled material is not used in production.
A photograph is attached to a passe-partout only with an acid-free tape, durable, of 8,5 g/m2 with alkaline reserve. It has a natural, non-yellowing adhesive. If the passe-partout or the backing of a photograph has direct contact with the print, the acidic content will affect the cardboard. Thus, in order to keep the highest quality of a print, we use top quality foam board.
It’s also possible to frame a photograph in a UV glass. The main purpose of the glass it to physically protect a work of art against harmful factors such as: air humidity, temperature, dirt and scratching, and most importantly ultraviolet radiation.
… a huge old multi-storey hall with a pitch in the middle was vibrant with life today. On every level there were some people walking around. The buzz of people talking was floating around. It was raining outside, the roof was leaking in some places. It was damp, there was a smell of wet wood in the air. Going from one end to the other was only possible by walking around, in general there were two entrances and exits on each level opposite each other. Long spiral rotting stairs were creaking heavily under the rush of people going back and forth.
Not knowing exactly where, I was following everyone rushing to get somewhere.They were playing on the pitch, I know all the faces well, I remember them. They’re all there. It’s as if we’ve never been separated for longer. I walk heavily upstairs higher and higher, I get upstairs out of breath and stop in a long corridor. There are rooms on either side of the corridor from which light is seeping through. I walk forward slowly, slightly frightened and overwhelmed by this situation, as I can’t imagine where everyone has come from. Some of the rooms are empty, in some other ones I can hear whispering behind slightly open doors.
Quiet warm whispers sometimes coming from everywhere. I walk ahead and I know exactly where to go in. I’m standing in front of a door, it’s slightly ajar, I stop for a short while. I can see legs, from knees down, resting on a large bed. There’s a drip next to the bed, the hanging tubes are filled with liquid, there is a pair of slippers under the bed. Slowly, I open the door more, all the worries disappear and I’m not scared of anything any more. There’s someone lying on the bed, I can’t see the face yet as the room is semi dark. The whole arm is blueish and covered in needle marks. I think he’s dying. Everywhere around there are feathers floating in the air. I come closer, the person slowly turns his head towards me, and what happens next is what I knew was going to happen, but I wasn’t sure. A familiar face is looking at me, the lips slightly twisted in what resembles a smile. Familiar face shape, the same nose and the colour of the eyes. I’m looking into them for a while and I see everything that has happened or will still happen. I’m overwhelmed by blissful peace, I sit on the edge of the bed and fall asleep …
I wake up in pain, I can’t breathe, my arm’s hurting, there’s a lot of needle marks on it …
– diptych Unfinished dreams
– author Fryderyk Danielczyk
– place – Gołdap – old church
– limited edition 7 pcs
– number ?/7
– graphic design Paweł Przybył
– made from a negative
– original print, Baryte paper – black-and-white photography
– original frame made of oak, wood reclaimed from old, pre-war German tables, 8-12% of moisture content, covered with oil based on natural Chinese oils, natural wood colour, title laser engraved in the lower right corner
– passe-partout made of acid-free foam board, with neutral pH adhesive and alkaline buffer, durable, without any optical brighteners. The board meets the requirements of ISO 9706 and PAT (Photography Archival Test) standards and has an obverse and reverse
– backing made of acid-free cardboard – original screen printing in the lower right corner. The cardboard meets the requirements of ISO 9706 and PAT (Photography Archival Test), has an obverse and reverse
– date of making the negative 2006
– date of making the print 2006
– screen printing on glass and the leather inside
– original print 40 cm x 50 cm
– print doesn’t have direct contact with the glass and frame
– signed on the reverse with a pencil
– fine art photography
Waiting period for the order completion 60 days
The entire series is available at www.fryderykdanielczyk.com