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fatsprat

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Hi, can you give me some clarification around what constitutes wall art? Or a couple of examples of what you would consider makes good wall art?
Cheers
Karen

Great question and one we would like to have many views on - essentially the types of images people would choose to purchase to put on their wall at home or at work, if the process of printing and mounting/framing was made easy.

Tastes vary widely of course but some images are going to be more likely than others to sell into this market - assuming the process of printing and mounting is made easy. A search for 'wall art' will show some of those judged suitable by the chillys to date, but after a widely informed debate some of these may need revision.

Anyone willing to share their perspective on this ... comment added by the chillys
edited by mychillybin team on 23/08/2014

fatsprat

Posts 132
OK thanks, that makes sense.
I once had lots of images in this bracket on a stock library entitled 'Buy Big Prints', it no longer exists, but during the few years it did i sold maybe 2 images.

So just to clarify ,when uploading an image, should we key word it if we think it has potential as wall art, and then you will approve or not?

And then are you offering buyers the service of printing and framing the image as well? Just curious to understand the process.

Karen

kathleen

Posts 221
For me wall art could be anything, it’s how it is arranged on the wall or in what décor/element the image or images are being displayed.
Example: A race horse trainer/owner has a wall full of horse and race images of all his success.
Another example would be the kitchen where one very large image (noodles, bread sticks, or something food) has been split into 3 or 4 separate photo blocks and hung with gaps between them but it’s still making the one image, they look very effective.
Two large thin horizontal pieces/canvas made from the one image look great when using images like trees, lighthouses, tall buildings(maybe the sky tower for an Auck office)
Using parts of the same image but framing individual and hanging apart around the room.

So many ways you can create wall art.

So I would say for me it’s all in the arranging of images/objects that has the contents to fit the décor or architectural element, collectible, etc etc that makes it wall art. Image content would come down to what is wanted to be achieved on the wall.

Here is a great website to see Landscape and other Wall Art Photography.
http://landscapephotographyshop.com/large-wall-art/

How you would choose images into the category of wall art, hard one, because any image could be used really.

fatsprat

Posts 132
Nice link thanks for that Kathleen. It obviously comes down to a matter of taste huh?.

kathleen

Posts 221
fatsprat wrote:

Nice link thanks for that Kathleen. It obviously comes down to a matter of taste huh?.


Yea, or a room big enough :-)

mychillybin team

Posts 590
Very helpful observations, and link thanks. Will reflect more on this, and the separation of parts of images.

One particular decor / art segment is images for custom printed full drop wallpaper. Such images are often tiled over several drops. This segment wants very large images to work with, and we do get some email requests for these, but don't have any to offer.

When used for full drop wallpaper these images need to have a vertical resolution of around 13,500 pixels. Although in a few cases down to 7,000 pixels may be sufficient, if the wall is only 2400mm high rather than 2700mm, and up close viewing is prevented by furniture, layout etc.

The 13,500 vertical pixels is calculated as follows;
* Wall Height 2700mm (i.e. 270cm)
* Resolution for viewing closer than 1m, of 125 ppi, or in metric being 50 ppcm (pixels per cm).
* Vertical pixels needed in image, 270 x 50 = 13,500

This means stitched images, with high quality stitching as they will be viewed full size on the wall. Getting the lighting and focus flowing across all the stitch lines is quite demanding. image up-sizing is not satisfactory as quality is lost during this process. Such images would need their own image size category on mychillybin and a price commensurate with the added work of producing such images. This is easy to set up.

The most recent requests for such size images have been for a clear cut daffodil flower (portrait), and for rush bushes. There are ways to market to this segment if we have a suitable stock of images, and the site changes are not an obstacle.

Anyone keen?

gprentice

Posts 63
Yep .. keen.. but would prefer to do on demand/ commission.... since the time taken needs a pay back for such bespoke requests.

The issue with commission becomes... request goes out - presumably with a $$ amount allowed for... photographers register interest.. do the work (lots of it) and submit...

Then the "buyer" does not make a purchase. What happens to the images submitted and not sold?.. of course they then go into the library.. but at the lower (i.e. normal price).... and of course the astute requester now buys at the lower price... bit of a trap for all.

But not everyone "works the system"... let's have a go.

Graham

chillys comments edited in ... yes may well be a good idea to make these wallpaper images only available in full size / full price.
edited by mychillybin team on 26/08/2014

gprentice

Posts 63
.. and of course the request needs to be quite specific...
e.g. is it just the daffodil flower? or the flower and stem? or flower stem a leaves? roots also? yellow? white and yellow? orange and white....

meredithnz

Posts 8
Another type of wall art which is very popular is black and white. Presently we are not allowed to upload monochrome images (a mistake in my opinion), but in the case of wall art this should definitely be allowed. The argument against monochrome is that if buyers want black and white they will convert it from colour themselves. My answer to that is that as a photographer I can probably do a much better job of creating monochrome images than the average buyer as I am converting it in a monochromatic/photographical style using specialised software such as SilverEfex Pro II. Photoshop is not always the answer. I have loads of marketable NZ black and white images I would love to sell though mychillybin.

fitzy

Posts 8
I agree re B&W images. I've had a couple accepted but would like to do more of these. Sometimes buyers would not even consider how it would look in B&W yet they can be very dramatic.

Mark Roberts

Posts 37
I also use Silver Efex Pro II. Sample attached. This would make a nice poster for horse-mad girls? I've had one printed. Looks excellent.

I'm like meredithnz, not entirely confident in the ability of some customers to do a conversion from colour. And if they haven't seen the conversion, they won't visualise the possibility.

mychillybin team

Posts 590
Thanks for these - can certainly see the merits of quality black and white in the wall art market, much more easily than in the normal commercial work that graphic designers undertake.

Anyone had any experience with selling black and white images at other libraries?

the chillys
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