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Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

Do you like the arrangement?  Mixing colored mats with black and white photos?

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

Yes,  I love that look.  The company I work for has a version of that in the lobby.  It's old black and white photos of the neighborhood over the decades and the mats are in the company's signature colors, with bronze  frames.  

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

Yes - I do like this arrangement, especially the use of coloured mats.

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

I think it could be charming for some applications, but I personally don't care for it, even though I love color.

 

As one with a tiny collection of black and white photographs, and who loves vintage photography in general, the bright colors, for me at least, "take away" from the haunting, ethereal look of black and white.

 

It's that spectral, "removed-in-time" quality that I so value in b & w photography, that to me is undermined by the (admittedly pretty) colors of the mats...

 

  

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats


@oznell wrote:

I think it could be charming for some applications, but I personally don't care for it, even though I love color.

 

As one with a tiny collection of black and white photographs, and who loves vintage photography in general, the bright colors, for me at least, "take away" from the haunting, ethereal look of black and white.

 

It's that spectral, "removed-in-time" quality that I so value in b & w photography, that to me is undermined by the (admittedly pretty) colors of the mats...

 

  


@oznell Your response is so beautifully written and echos my thoughts as well.

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

It's growing on me. By noon I'll probably like it. Woman Wink

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

Yes! This is beautiful. I love mixing black and white with color in fashion and home decor.

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

Thanks, kind @alliswell...

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

I would admire it in someone elses home but not in mine.

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Re: Black & White Photos + Colored Mats

Sorry, don't care for it.