My efforts to put together a portfolio have been progressing painfully slowly. I've done a few prints - 9.5" by 12" - so a start has at least been made. If you look at the above pic, you'll see they share a common theme - they were all easy to print! I thought I'd start off with the negs that would require least footering about under the enlarger.
So, although I'm not exactly forging ahead I have, nevertheless, been thinking about matts - what size and which orientation.
The colour is easy as I would never use anything other than white or slightly off-white when matting black and white prints. That still leaves a few variables. When I was presenting prints at Dundee Photographic Society events and a few international exhibitions, I always followed a fairly standard layout. The matt at the sides and top would be the same size but I'd leave a little extra room beneath the print as that seemed the best way of balancing things.
I'm wondering if there are perhaps better layouts. I haven't bought any matt board yet so I'm not in a position to experiment but maybe a centrally-placed print would look good? That's an obvious one for square prints but might be harder to pull off for rectangles. I seem to recall a few photographers used to buck the trend and present landscape format 35mm prints in a portrait-style matt.
Then there's the size of the matt to be considered. A big matt with a big print looks great but they're a bugger to store. So I'm thinking of something no bigger than about 16x20. Since it's been a lot of years since I did any matting, I no longer seem to have a matt cutter (don't know where that went) or any idea of the best place in the UK to source the materials.
I used to get my supplies from an art shop in Dundee but I don't think it's there now. Any and all suggestions for matt board and matt cutter suppliers would be very welcome - as would your views on the best size and format for matts.