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Your Photo On Canvas: Narcissism Unfettered

Tweet One of the most popular offerings at Gallery Direct is our photo upload service: Turn Yourself into a Work of Art.™ As a standard operating procedure, we have to verify each and every file that is uploaded. This is … Read More

One of the most popular offerings at Gallery Direct is our photo upload service: Turn Yourself into a Work of Art.

As a standard operating procedure, we have to verify each and every file that is uploaded. This is necessary to make certain the file size is large enough to reproduce the image to the desired size specified by the user. Occasionally, the file size is really small; therefore, we are unable to reproduce it. Other times, we receive copyrighted material, (naughty, naughty), and we then have to contact the customer to say we cannot create the artwork from protected material. Most times, the uploaded files are the users own photographs. We receive these as large files--around 2MB to 20MB--and the user specifies the picture to be recreated as oversized canvas artwork.

As you might imagine, holidays and seasons influence the pictures we receive. Halloween brings many requests for ghoulish artwork, and this Mother's Day season, we're noticing many poignant pix of mom. It’s nice to see so many thoughtful folks out there.

After reviewing thousands of orders for your photos on canvas, we've noticed most of the images look like pictures you might see on someone's facebook page. Gallery Direct recreates artwork from pictures of people with their pets, people kicking it at parties, on vacation, at little league games. You name it, we've recreated it. It's sort of difficult to describe, but internally, we call it a "facebooky" quality. Think about the culture. Facebook is where users post photos of themselves, creating an idealized vision of their lives--their universe, if you will--online.

Social media is changing the way people think about artwork. It's a grassroots style trend, this type of truculent-narcissistic-hyper-reality, influenced by social media and reality television. If everyday people become stars, why shouldn't everyday people become works of art?

Another source shaping the trend of your photo on canvas or as framed artwork is Reality TV, which makes celebrities of everyday people. This coupled with individual-first mantras fueled by Facebook, Twitter, iPhones, and YouTube is creating a new genre of art. Moreover, consciousness-shaping icons such as Oprah Winfrey herald the concept that the greatest sin is to go unnoticed. This is translating into a home fashion trend.

The demographic recreating artwork from personal photos seems to be split 50% women to 50% men. Moreover, based on the subject matter (i.e. what's on the photos), we're looking at a broad mid-twenties to late forties demographic.

One recent image to grace our facility was this beautiful girl wearing gossamer wings. She recreated herself as a 50x50 image. A week after the delivery, we called her to ask her what she thought of her new piece and where it was hanging, etc. The young voice exclaimed "It's hanging in my apartment. I love looking at it! I love it! Thank you!"

Why not have an idealized image of yourself hanging on your walls to coincide with the idealized way you present yourself to the world via facebook? Social media is changing the way people think about artwork. It's a grassroots style trend, this type of truculent-narcissistic-hyper-reality, influenced by social media and reality television. If everyday people become stars, why shouldn’t everyday people become works of art? It makes perfect sense, and the trend is turning out some really great artwork!

Footnote:

Oversized canvas is our number one category for your photos on canvas. I think it's because people shop around online, we have the best quality and price + the $9.99 flat rate shipping encourages very large pieces. If you are going to take the narcissistic plunge, you might consider reproducing your photos as framed art on paper and even mirror, which is something the other providers cannot boast.

Think about it. When you visit someone's place for the first time, what's the first thing you look for? What's on their walls, of course. It's human nature. Maybe there are family pictures, heirlooms, hand-me-down art or even whack trends of yesteryear. Nagel anyone? Actually I think Nagel's making a comeback. Who knows why we really do this; but it seems you can decipher a little about the person by the items on their walls. Art also has the ability to beautifully distract. The first time I saw an oversized canvas print, filling up an entire wall was at an old girlfriend's apartment; I was like, "Whoa." This was a small place and the print demanded you look at it, kept your eyes focused up and not down at the clutter. When someone asks me, "What is a focal point of a room? How is one created and what does it do?" I tell them the story of this girl's basement apartment. The oversized canvas art was a tweaked-out photo of Brigitte Bardot, presented as a giclee on canvas. It was fun to gaze at and kept my eyes off the floor: the laundry basket (maybe dirty, maybe clean?), stacks of books and magazines and empty cigar boxes with loads of costume jewelry and a rug that maybe was just a really big towel? Why look at the nasty bits, when you can look at the WOW. Oversized artwork is so much fun to look at. Because not everyone has a high-rise urban view with finer architectural elements to enhance the outside such as floor-to-ceiling windows. So if your room needs a little help, go BIG ART!