I mentioned before how my grandfather has these awesome photographs from his time in the Navy. He took his little Brownie camera all over the world. I have his photographs of battleships in Cuba, camels in Cairo, and dummy torpedoes. They are all super cool even though I have not heard too many stories related to the photographs.
When I saw the idea to use photographs blown up as blueprints as a cheap decor item, I loved it. Because what better way to display these little snapshots from around the globe than on my bookshelves, which hold the books who also transport me around the globe?
I decided to do a trial run, so here is the project so far.
|This was taken in Genoa, Italy. The man walking by with his hands behind his back is my favorite part about the composition.|
I think it's important to have perspective. The photograph I chose for this project was about 2x3 inches, and I was blowing it up to 2x3 feet. I had it printed at Office Depot who didn't bat an eye about it being a photograph (they were concerned about the size of the original and if the image would be distorted). The other quirky thing was they didn't exactly print it as a blueprint like I asked but an enlarged photo with glossy finish.
The cost was more than I've seen quoted around the blogosphere, but I thought it was still affordable (less than $12). I was comfortable with the price mostly because the quality seems much higher than the blueprint or draft prints which kind of have a photocopied look to me.
The glossy finish means I can't just Mod Podge that sucker on the back of the bookshelf. When I'm ready with the other photographs, I'm thinking I'll use a spray adhesive and brayer to attach the photos to the back. Unless anyone has another idea?
I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I've got some other ideas for large oversized prints too.
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