There is nothing that makes a statement in a home or office quite like a large, gallery-quality panoramic photography print. Luxurious and breathtaking, these ultra-wide landscape and nature art pieces will transform a room like nothing else.
Understandably, choosing the perfect artwork for your home must reflect your personal taste, and blend seamlessly into its surroundings to match your theme or architectural style.
Working one on one with you is what I love to do, with free services like providing simple mockups of your chosen artwork that you can see on your own wall before you purchase. The ability to pre-visualize a specific print in your home is a valuable tool that gives you confidence, and helps turn your vision into reality.
What Is A Panorama?
A panoramic photograph, artwork, or painting is generally at least twice as wide as it is tall. This is commonly referred to as a 2:1 aspect ratio. So, an art piece that is three times wider than it is tall would be a 3:1 aspect ratio, and so on.
It is entirely possible to create photographs that extend far beyond this, but I find that the most visually appealing panoramic images are produced in either a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio, as seen in my dedicated Panoramic Gallery.
What Is A Polyptych?
A polyptych photograph is simply one that is divided into sections or panels. The reasons we create these multi-panel artworks are usually because of size limitations of materials, although we often print on a smaller scale in this format for their unique and beautiful visual appeal.
With the acrylic face-mount print style as an example, the largest sheet of acrylic that is manufactured is 60 inches tall by 120 inches wide, or five feet by ten feet. If we wish to print a photograph larger than these dimensions, we simply divide the image into smaller sections, print them on multiple panels, and hang them side by side.
The most common multi-panel format I offer is called a 'triptych', which is a print divided into three panels. It is also possible to make 'diptychs' (two panels) or 'quadriptychs' which are four panels.
The Science And Reasoning
Science shows us that the field of view of our eyes is generally considered to be about 210 degrees horizontally, while only 150 degrees vertically. In a stabilized forward-facing position, this means that we see much more width than height.
This may help to explain why the panoramic image format is naturally pleasing to the human eye. Not to mention that the walls in our homes will usually be much wider than they are tall, making panoramic art a very fitting way to decorate our homes.
In the photo above, note that the 3:1 ratio of the image 'Ripple Effect' allowed these home owners to easily order a 30" by 90" size, while maintaining 'breathing room' on the top, bottom, and sides of the print for improved visual appeal.
The original aspect of this same photograph is 2:3, meaning that a 90" wide version would also be 60" tall. As you can imagine, the top and bottom edges of such a size would 'crowd' the ceiling and the fireplace.
The perfect compromise of the wide 2:1 or 3:1 aspect ratio of these beautiful panoramic art pieces also allow you to print much wider, while maintaining even symmetry of the wall space around the print.
The Inspiring Gallery Wall
If you have ever had the chance to view an extremely large photographic nature print in a gallery, you know that they have the ability to transform the room.
The acrylic face-mount print style is by far the best medium for presenting photographs, and for good reason. The Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic prints that I offer are very reactive to light, meaning that when you apply accent lighting to the photo, it almost appears to glow.
Secondly, the acrylic over the photo has some thickness to it, usually at least 1/8th of an inch. When your print is lit up, that accent light refracts or 'bounces' within the acrylic, causing a unique effect that appears to illuminate the image from within.
This captivating effect is unique to the acrylic face-mount style and is the reason they look so bright and vibrant, full of rich detail with amazing depth.
Many of the images in my Panoramic Gallery can be printed up to ten feet wide as a Lumachrome® TruLife® print under a single sheet of acrylic, and a select few images up to twelve feet wide as a triptych.
If you have a big wall to fill, these incredible prints are awe-inspiring. Lumachrome® is a proprietary, state-of-the-art paper that is simply the best printing material available today.
This archival transparency paper is infused with iridium particles and features vivid, brilliant colors lasting over 120 years with incredible 3D depth and dimensionality.
Just as we are able to create ultra-wide horizontal panoramic prints, the same rules apply for vertical artworks. We can easily fabricate 'vertoramas' or multi-panel vertical artworks if you have soaring ceilings.
The images below are just a sample of what is possible and are sure to spark your creativity.
Are My Lumachrome® Panoramic Prints Similar To Peter Lik's Work?
Indeed, my Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic prints are very comparable if you are seeking a grand, breathtaking gallery quality print for your home. It is worth noting that although Australian photographer Peter Lik may have helped to popularize this style of photographic presentation through his many galleries, acrylic face-mounting has been around much longer than Mr. Lik and he is not the originator.
Your Imagination Is The Limit
As the options for creating personalized landscape and nature photography prints are endless, it is virtually impossible to list all of the options available to you.
To that end, one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is to collaborate with you to fulfill the vision that you have for your personal project.
I hope that you found this article informative and inspired to browse the image galleries and find a photograph that speaks to you. Remember that if you can imagine it, we can work together to bring your vision to reality.
Always feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to hearing from you!