Ray Rasmussen

The position taken here is that the framing of a haiga image on an Internet page is as important as the image itself. This presentation covers the options that a haiga artist has in presenting his or her work and provides examples to demonstrate those options. If you would like lessons on how to create a frame in photoshop, go to the section on framing lessons.



Contemporary haiga are done in various mediums, including photography or photo-haiku. When photographers hang prints in galleries, most, not all, prefer a simple off-white slightly textured mat. This responds well to being part of a wall display with warm indoor lighting, and sometimes spotlighting.

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This example displays the 4 components of an image display in a photography or art gallery:

  • a small inner border [in computer terms, 2 pixels on each side and top and bottom]
  • a larger off-white textured mat [in computer terms, it's approximately 50 pixels on each side, with more pixels on the bottom than on the top].
  • a small silverish frame [in computer terms, it's 8 pixels on each side] - often larger frames are used.
  • a cream colored wall on which the framed photograph hangs [in computer terms, the browser window serves the wall]

We don't have the luxury of a large gallery wall when viewing this photographic presentation on the Internet, so I've configured this browser presentation to center the image and to mimic a gallery wall by using a light cream color in the browser window.

However, a computer screen is quite different from a gallery wall. Instead of front lighting, the lighting on a computer is from the back and the backlit photographs look more alive on the screen than they might as a print on a wall. And, the browser window itself can be very bright, so bright that it makes it more difficult for the eye to see the photographic image ... it's a bit like having someone shine a flashlight in your eyes while you're trying to talk to them. You can't see the person nearly so well.

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