Yes, that's definitely part of it, but I also think black tends to pull color away from (ie, sucks the life right out of) whatever it surrounds. (One of the reasons why wearing all black can often be tricky, at best-- tending to make people look wan.) Of course, based on what I see out there in the gallery/museum world, I'm obviously in the minority in my distaste for black frames. :) I understand why those who are putting together juried shows want that, but why anybody would willingly choose black frames outside that venue, is beyond me. Looking around Jerry's Artarama, though, they seem to be plentiful and certainly cheap(er). |
On Oct 13, 2008, at 5:35 PM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
Whenever I see a photograph framed in black, I honestly cannot take my eyes off that black frame-- no matter how nice it may be-- it just takes my eye away from the print. Well, that's my 2 cents. :)
Agreed--the eye goes to the area of greatest contrast immediately, so as long as mats are white and frames are black, there you have it.