Mushroom a Day: #3

The aesthetics of decay
The aesthetics of decay

I think maybe today I’ll start on a long-term project: to create prints (then get them framed) for 1) hanging on the embarrassingly empty walls around the home of this would-be photographer and 2) to be ready for the gallery showing I’ve been invited to hang in 2011 at the Montgomery County Museum along with a presentation there for that event.

I will make mistakes in both the printing and the framing choices, I’m sure, but I’ll learn some things along the way, and have some AH! and AHA! moments for sure.

And I’ll probably choose to print a rather odd assortment of subjects–mostly landscapes but not a few compositions that feature unusual perspectives of objects from nature not all that uncommon if you keep your eyes open–like this pore fungus I spotted while the dog was, er, doing what dogs do in the woods.

I’m going to look at Michaels tomorrow when I’m at B&N (signing books 2 to 4–stop by!) for some simple mats and frames but that will limit my print size options to the standard sizes and compositions don’t always oblige the 5 x 7 or 11 x 14 ratios. I may need to start ordering mat board and get out my Dexter Mat Cutter neglected now for 25 years. DIY!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I am so emazed to read that your walls are embarrassingly empty! Allen has plastered our walls with 8 x 10s, in those simple glass-clipped-to-pressboard thingys. He just bought an Epson R1900 printer and has printed out his first 13 x 19s. What a thrill!
    Your home certainly deserves to be graced by your beautiful work, including the spider webs, insects, fungi and of course, landscapes. They will be a joy to see every day. Allen loves photographing tree trunks in all states of decay and all positions.Fungi, too.

  2. Michael’s also carries the larger sized float frames, some up to 14 x 14″ square. They don’t require a mat so your print sizes aren’t limited to the standard sizes. And make sure you get one of those 40% off coupons to make it easier on the budget!