By CHRIS HUMPHREYS
As a professional photographer you might think that my house is plastered copiously with pictures Iâ€™ve taken over the last few years of my career or whole life as a Cartier-Bresson wannabe. But the fact is, I can be really lazy. Sure, Iâ€™ve got art prints and movie posters strewn about – but until a clearance sale at Kohlâ€™s I never put forth any effort to actually include any of my own artwork on my walls.
But after getting a ridiculous amount of 8â€x10â€ frames cheaply I decided to finally complete the project I imagined many years ago. Over the next few weeks I planned shoots with various friends until I had enough head-shots and couples portraits to fill my wall.
The next step was figuring the layout. You might be mistaken in thinking that as a designer I also know exactly how to execute something like this. What you might not know is Iâ€™m extremely OCD when it comes to symmetry. Having dozens of frames on a wall without a single straight row drove me crazy. So to make this problem more manageable, I collected more frames varying in sizes, from 3.5â€ x 5â€ up to 16â€ x 20â€ and 12â€ x 36â€. With the mix of different sizes I was able to create my own game of Tetris, giving each oddly shaped frame a place to fall into.
The project thus far has set me back around $150 for discounted frames, affordable prints on www.mpix.com and local print shop Printworx of Louisville as well as reprints due to a break-up and a friend moving in and adding his own.
I usually call it a friend wall but itâ€™s actually more like a life wall. It consists of my closest friends, casual acquaintances, moments from parties Iâ€™ve hosted, along with myself and celebrities Iâ€™ve had the honor of meeting. Pride of place are some of my pictures from the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament that I got the honor of shooting.
There are people that I ran out of frames for but still plan to put up. But thatâ€™s kind of the point of a life wall isnâ€™t it? Things are always changing.