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Now, what could be simpler than setting up a piece of wall art? Well, as it turns out, many things. What is seemingly an easy operation requiring a pair of nails, a hammer, and a couple of precise hits, in most cases, ends up with an ugly, cracked wall or an unappealing puncture around the canvas. Hanging a canvas print actually requires a bit of know-how. Without further adieu, this is how to hang your canvas print, leaving your wall and nerves in perfect condition!

If There’s a Hanger Set, Take It

There’s no second guessing here. It’s as simple as that. If a store offers you the option to add a hanger set to your shopping cart, do not hesitate to do it. This way, you’ll spare yourself from all the potential troubles and will probably save a good chunk of money that would otherwise be spent on repairing your wall. It’s a combination of simple tools that allow you to set up your print with optimal balance and stability- all without leaving your wall like it was visited by a woodpecker on steroids.

The hanger set you’re offered during the My-Picture.co.uk checkout Adhesives – Hanging Canvas Art Without Using Nails

The keyword here is adhesiveness. Whether adhesive strips or adhesive hooks, these will spare your wall from any visible impact. Some tips to keep in mind? Using isopropyl alcohol, carefully clean the surface of your wall before using an adhesive. When it comes to choosing which one (strips or hooks) is right for your canvas, consider the following: the size and the weight of your print.

Adhesive hooks, depending on the size, are generally capable of holding a canvas from 0,45 to 3,6 kg in weight. It is also important to distribute the hooks evenly so that there won’t be too much pressure on a single hook. Regardless of which adhesive tool you pick, both require 30-second pressing. In the case of adhesive strips, the canvas has to be removed after the 30-second limit and re-attached only after a good hour has passed.

Another option which, unfortunately, will only apply to images that are particularly light in weight is mounting tape. A double-sided adhesive, this might come in handy if your decor does not exceed the one pound limit.

You can also use adhesives to affix simple wooden panels, which means that you’ll be able to display your canvases just as you would on regular shelving.

Ever-so-popular Velcro can also spare you from the trouble of unintentionally destroying your walls. Whether you attach it with super glue or, once again, use adhesive tape (for both frame and Velcro), Velcro is a well-tested method to keep your wall art where it should be – on your wall. Note, though, that the super glue option might require a paint job once the canvas and Velcro are removed.

Other Non-Intrusive Techniques

Have a nice, decorative moulding on your wall? Have a couple of neat-looking craft wires? Then you have all the ingredients for creating an amazing wall decor composition without putting a single hole in your wall. Tie the wire to an S-shaped hook and simply hang your canvas by the moulding. This option looks particularly great in rustic interiors!

#1 Grid-Like Furnishings

Likewise, you can think one step ahead when looking for new interior design solutions! Grid-like furnishings by your wall will not only look great but will give you additional space for exhibiting your wall art pieces. Odd as it may seem, here you might need to utilise clamp hangers or pegs (depending on the size). No worries, though, as the wooden models will organically complement both the canvas and the grid-like structure.

#2 Pegboard

Another incredibly ingenious solution is the so-called pegboard. A substitute for regular walls in case you wish to have an impermanent canvas gallery wall (or a wall for kitchen/maintenance tools), it’s a nice, mobile section of a wall that you can freely move all around your apartment. The pegboard paves way for numerous means of affixing your canvas. You can either add adhesive hooks to the canvas and tie them on the other side of the board or simply employ regular iron hooks.

#3 Cork Board

Just like the pegboard option, the cork board is another creative detour that allows you to have a special wall reserved exclusively for your canvas prints. Just acquire a cork board bulletin wall that’s at least 2 cm thick, and you have it. Make as many holes and second takes as you wish without sacrificing the actual wall! This, however, will require some nail-hammer action, but the difference is that you can’t really lose anything.

#4 Easel

Have you noticed that a lot of contemporary interiors utilise the easel as an additional, decorative element? That’s not without reason. Apart from endowing your room with a pop of artistic chic, it’s also a clever way to exhibit your photo print without damaging or in any way affecting the surface areas of your room. A beautiful easel with a neat canvas print on it will also make the environment look much more inspired!

With a special hanger set available on My-Picture.co.uk, the hanging of your canvas shouldn’t be an issue at all. However, if any of the methods listed above seem more compelling, feel free to go for it! DIY ingenuity, as we all know, is what modern interior design is all about!

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Have you completely overslept? Have you ignored all the heart-shaped candy in stores, the reruns of all-time classic love stories, and all the Instagram inspirations? Well, these things happen. With that said, there’s really no reason to panic.

Although you might have missed your chance to book a nice table in a luxurious restaurant or buy a couple of tickets for the new ensemble cast of Love Actually re-shot in a Valentine’s Day setting, there are plenty of other pretty amazing options to go with. For example, staying in your pajamas for the whole day, ordering an arsenal of Chinese food, and settling down for a night spent in the realm of Netflix.

Can You Actually Get More Alt-Romantic in 2018?

Okay, to make the night at least somewhat resemble the day of all lovers, there are a couple of incredibly simple decor pieces you could employ to make your nest more Valentine-esque.

Yes, this time we’re resorting to total simplicity. None of these YouTube tutorials requires specific tools, skills, or time. In fact, what you’ll need in most of the cases are scissors, a glue stick, and some handicraft ingenuity.

Here We Go! #1

So, your SO ran outside for a bottle of red wine or ingredients for your DIY Valentine’s day pizza? Use your time smartly! In this tutorial by the channel named Crafting Hours, you’ll be introduced to what’s probably the quickest way of creating hanging paper cards! Scissors, paper jute, and strips of colour paper are all that is needed. Welcome your other half back with colorful decor that came from nowhere!

How To Make Paper Hearts: Quick and Easy DIY Crafts Tutorial - YouTube

#2

This begs for no commentary. Seemingly made for those who cannot afford to invest too much time and effort, this wonderful DIY tutorial by AmandaRachLee is so well-paced, self-aware, and full of irresistible simplicity that you just may end up with all four decor pieces presented.

DIY Room Decorations for Valentine's Day! ♡ - YouTube

#3

Okay, of all tutorials, this one here really requires bare minimum resources and is, in fact, manageable in a timeframe that’s actually spent on a regular grocery store visit. Just a sheet of red paper and scissors, that’s all you need for this minimal, yet adorable, Valentine’s Day decor!

DIY Crafts - Paper Heart Design Valentine's Day and Room Decor Ideas - YouTube

#4

Pay attention to the view count! This blockbuster of a DIY tutorial by BastelnMitPapier is the mother of simple decor solutions. The perfect paper, scissors, glue formula, and intriguing process lead to a surprisingly stunning result considering the time and resources invested!

Pop Up Karte: Herz ❤ Basteln mit Papier ❤ Bastelideen Valentinstag - DIY Geschenke selber machen - YouTube

 #5

Crafting Hours are back! However, here, things get a tad bit more sophisticated. Apart from scissors and patience, this one will also require a ruler, ribbon, and stapler! Okay, there’ really nothing that difficult here. Once you have your strips cut out, it’s all just the joy of stapling your hearts together!

DIY Valentine Decoration Craft: Paper Heart Hanging for DIY Room Decor on Valentine's Day - YouTube

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Although this might look like the most difficult and demanding tutorial on here, it couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, it’s an affirmation of the power that a single glue gun can actually possess! Just add a bunch of cheap materials picked out in the nearest stationery store and some found on-the-spot fabrics. Moma From Scratch Approves!

DIY Dollar Tree Valentines Room Decor - YouTube

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Here, we resort to exercises in the art of Origami (sort of). A tiny, in fact, miniature decor that you could either add to your actual present or multiply and scatter on the surface of a table (with different messages contained inside, of course), this is a nice way of saying very much with very little. Again, there’s the cute, childlike naivety of the design and lack of any substantial effort necessary to create it. This is a perfect Valentine’s Day decor for those who forgot about February 14th!

How to make a paper Heart with Message - YouTube

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A never-ending greeting card – can you actually make one with a few strips of coloured paper, scissors, a glue stick, and a paper knife? Apparently, you really can. A decor which displays human ingenuity at its best, it’s a combination of an illusion, toy, and greeting card all in one. Although the mechanic is applicable to pretty much any festivity out there, it would be a neat way to leave a big impact with a couple of hours’ worth of work!

Never Ending Card | Endless Card | - YouTube

#9

So, how can one upgrade the concept of flowers? Is there a way to top a dozen of lush red roses? The answer is simple – no, there isn’t. It’s great enough if you manage to acquire the regular bouquet when the day is due. To escape the unfortunate situation of missing out completely, you should equip yourself with a pack of napkins and some wires. Watch the tutorial to understand why this unorthodox combo might work out!

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers | Valentine's Day Decoration - YouTube

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Three dollars and three minutes, these are all the resources you need in order to create this Valentine’s decor piece. Replace the word with any other phrase that best describes your union or pick a beautiful monochrome Polaroid shot and glue it to the glass. Surround it with some additional cutouts or painted ornaments, and you got it! A beautiful DIY wall art piece without any saccharine aesthetic to it!

Dollar Tree Wall Decor | VALENTINE'S CRAFT IDEA - YouTube

Surely, you can also have a seemingly decent, ready-made item from your local store. However, in the case of Valentine’s Day, it’s really worth thinking twice! Is shining regalia coming straight from a store shelf (and, as such, ultimately has very little to do with your life) really better than an unfinished, yet sweet, DIY manifesto of your true affection?

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Romantic photos these days there are numerous and encompass several different styles. However, the better part of them rarely inhere that kind of ethereal quality one might associate with the levity of love. In fact, most of them are DSLR-dry, clean cut and generic enough to be put in whichever random ad you might think of (e.g. car insurance, prostate health awareness, etc.). There’s no sense of adventure and authenticity whatsoever. Analogue photography, on the other hand, has it all and so much more. In short, this is why your Valentine’s romantic encounter should be perpetuated with an analogue camera, and how to do it to make your love sparkle once again!

*Note: All photos are taken from Lomography.com

You Will Look Awesome in the Process

Okay, by that we are not trying to propagate the idea of using an analogue camera solely for the reason of looking wonderful (or, perhaps, edgy) whilst doing it. However, ridiculous as it may seem, an appropriate model might, in fact, make you look like the “romantic photojournalist from the 50’s” type of guy, or the empowered, independent and borderline reckless lady who lives for the sake of world exploration and the exposure of corrupt government officials. Forget the bystanders, this is the greatest “role play” you and your partner could ever indulge in!

It’s Truly Intimate

Wonder why so much of the contemporary indie music output constantly strives to replicate the nostalgic quality of the late 80’s/early 90’s home videos? Because it speaks to a generation’s subconscious, reminding the sweet irritation of abraded knees and the excitement provided by afternoon cartoons. Now, take the same beautifully intimate vibe and transfer it to a desolate photo session somewhere near the coastline, featuring only a couple of lovebirds and their vintage lenses. The analogue film has the great characteristic of capturing something almost metaphysical about the environment and personalities stamped on it. Therefore, looking at the beautifully defective developed film depicting your love interest “giving a shy look” to the lens might open an entirely different perspective on your relationship! And it surely will when you flip through these images assembled in a vintage-style photo book years later!

It’s a Romantic Expression

Because analogue photo exercises are, first and foremost, exercises in learning to obtain pleasure from the process, the whole thing will be a perfect, creative date in and on itself. Much more inspiring than the hackneyed “dinner for two” formula (albeit these things can be combined), it appeals to our common inherent tendency of associating everything retro-looking with the term “romantic” in its purest, classical sense. Films and photos from bygone eras, lo-fi musical feats, and everything that has sentimental value attached to it are romantic by default. Add the annual celebration of romantic expression (Valentine’s Day), and you have the supreme adventure of love.

It’s Creative and Action-packed

And now, let us reckon what it’s definitely not – boring, dull, and predictable. Shooting with 120 film or a 35mm camera offers the same sensation you encountered as a kid playing with your favorite toy. It’s addictive and open to your interpretation. Let us note that you can actually also create stunning short cinematics by utilizing the magnificent LomoKino. Who said Valentine’s cannot be the greatest day ever?

The Results Are, of Course, Stunning

Quite often, we have discussed the significance of the word quality in the context of analogue film and photography as a whole. Whilst DSLR surely awe-strikes with its resolution, it is incapable of organically capturing the dreamlike imagery of, let’s say, Holga 120. Meanwhile, 35mm film, whilst functioning as somewhat of a compromise between quality and ambiance, is rarely capable of working the surrealist wonders 120 film provides its users with on a regular basis. What we mean by this outstretched exposition is that the vintage photo film quality, despite being rather lackluster, per se, is as raw, real and genuinely special as it gets.

It Costs Close to Nothing

Plan it, let it be a mutual gift (the whole process and the developing of the pictures later on), create your own narratives and make your Valentine’s Day completely unforgettable, all while operating on a shoestring budget! Here, part of the appeal lies in the incredibly wallet-friendly offer! For example, a fully functional device, in many cases, will not exceed a 50 £ limit, thus leaving you with a fortune sufficient enough to buy two hot dogs once the shoot is over. This is a perfect ending to a perfect Valentine’s Day.

A creative couple’s therapy provided by the photo printing expert, My-Picture.co.uk

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Recently, we took a look at the many ways an appropriate canvas print could significantly enhance your Valentine’s Day experience. However, there’s really nothing that signals unconditional love more than a creative, well-timed photo gift. Having the face of your SO printed on a puffy, incredibly soft photo cushion or a glossy phone cover is a neat way to combine functional and visual treats. It’s also something you should definitely try out this Valentine’s! With discounts as high as 79%, you should definitely consider the following Valentine’s Day gifts:

Beautiful Photo Phone Case – an Expression of Personality

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Now, in this case, we advise you to not focus on the image content itself. Although the visual aid might imply that you should only choose pictures featuring your duet or at least some kind of notion of Valentine’s Day, this is by no means a mandatory thing. In fact, you could go for the sweet nickname only you and your other half know about or a catchphrase you frequently toss around in the kitchen during your morning routine.

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The cases themselves are not there just to update your device visually. Leaving all the vital buttons completely accessible, these custom-made covers provide genuine means of protection, coming with a special, scratch-resistant layer. Make your loved one a proud owner of a cell phone case that has no visual counterpart!

Cushion – Something to Squeeze When There’s No One to Hug!

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Cushions are cute by default, let alone when printed with personalised photos. A great way to make the most of a photo gift like this would be to embrace a full-on creative approach. Draw each other without stressing the technical ability. The more naive and childlike the drawing, the better!

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Once you have the portraits ready, scan you masterpieces and upload them during the ordering process of your cushions on the My-Picture.co.uk web store. The results are sure to bring some sweet laughter into your place!

Photo Mugs

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At first glance, this might seem like a particularly regular option to go with. That’s, however, only until you explore the available assortment a bit deeper. Besides regular photo mugs (which, nevertheless, are still quality drinkware), there’s an option to have true magic happen right in front of your eyes for every morning to follow!

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A photo magic mug is a drinkware item with a twist. Once you or your partner are ready to enjoy a warm cup of cocoa, the black exterior will be gradually replaced by a photo memory they never expected to see on a mug. And, it is all thanks to the special heat-reactive layer!

Microwave and dishwasher-safe, these might as well claim the title of the best complimentary gift on the list – perfectly magical and perfectly open to creative experimentation with the print itself!

Romantic Photo Mouse Mat

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Alright, there seems to be a bit of a contradiction between these two. On the surface, there is an opposition between a mouse mat, the symbol of long office hours or sleepless nights spent in front of the computer screen, and romance, the sweet delirium of losing fully-functional cognitive ability because of the love for your significant other. Opposites do attract, however.

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With that all said, it’s also a combination that has been seldom tested in practice! If the print itself is creative (think of a photo that breaks the 4th wall and provides a comment on your situation or encourages you to look away from the computer screen), it can result in a real gold of Valentine’s Day gifts! Add the special microfiber surface and the anti-slip bottom, and you have the ultimate office companion!

Blanket

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This is kind of the best for the last case here since photo blankets are among the most popular personalised photo items on the shelf! Handy for both picnics and mornings when leaving your bed seems a near impossible task to take, the photo blanket is a laundry-safe, fleece flannel bedding item you didn’t know you needed as much as you actually do.

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This is a “save the best for last” case here since photo blankets are among the most popular personalised photo items on the shelf! Handy for both picnics and the mornings when leaving your bed seems a near impossible task to take on, the photo blanket is a laundry-safe, fleece flannel bedding item you didn’t know you needed as much as you actually do.

Valentine’s Day can be a joy just as much as it can be a pain in the neck. With a huge probability of buying something that either lacks personality, is somewhat hackneyed, or just blatantly screams last minute purchase, it’s really a relief to have a new room for creative and personalised Valentine’s Day gifts, a room that goes by the name of My-Picture.co.uk! You’re more than welcome to explore it!

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All the uuh’s and aww’s in the world cannot express our sincere affection towards our best friend, be it a tail-jacking, spit-dripping St. Bernard, the purring, chubby Garfield replica on the sofa, or a tongue shooting lizard on your palm. Animals are spectacular and, as such, should be accordingly celebrated. Creating a shrine for your parrot, kitty, tarantula, or guinea pig might as well be the best thing to do in the first quarter of 2018!

The Frame His/Her Majesty Deserves

Cats. While It’s still a mystery who’s the true master once you have one of these furballs at your place, the nobility and the incredibly funny, self-centered demeanor has made cats into one of the most popular pets across the whole UK. Only naturally, this royal creature has to receive a proper mark of recognition!

Le Bird

Parrots are renowned for their capacity to provide our daily lives with genuinely hilarious moments. Whether it’s a tumultuous shaking of their mohawk against the backdrop of a heavy metal track or their tendency to repeat phrases we might not want others to know are in our vocabulary, these peculiar birds will surely provide moments worth laughing about!

The Hissing Mistress

Moving into the territory of the twilight zone of National Geographic… Okay, that’s really nonsense. Long gone are the days when snakes were looked upon as some sort of an unholy mythological beast that’s there to devour and poison everything in its way. In fact, a surprisingly significant number of people prefer them as their loyal companions. With that said, just like any other animal, reptiles are also a subject of both intentional and unintentional animal cruelty. We encourage to carefully consider before inviting one of these gracious and fascinating creatures into your home as they have specific needs one needs to respect at all times.

The Great Hare

Okay, in the age where constant video documentation has become a staple activity, it’s safe to say most of the darlings on this list have done some incredibly funny things. Hares and bunnies are no exception. Constantly sniffing, consuming carrots at incredible speeds, and all the while maintaining their indifferent gaze and pointed or floppy ears, bunnies are always too cute to believe.

Pupper

For thousands of years, from prehistoric cave paintings to baroque paintings to casual selfies, dogs are the undisputed champions when it comes to loyalty, unconditional love, and the inexhaustible wish to make their master feel prouder and better. Not to undermine any of the other entries on the list, dogs are the quintessential man’s best friend.

You Have Three Wishes

Goldfish- a tiny freshwater creature that can bring so much joy by simply circling around in its aquarium. Yet, there is so much more to it. The symbol of good luck, the animal with a legacy that’s built upon incredible myths, and tales surrounding its peculiarly colored scales, the goldfish is a beauty to behold!

Piglet

An incredibly smart ally of ours, the piglet with its perpetual smile is another sunshine in our lives. With the constant oinking, sniffing, and little feet tripping down the hallway, you’re in for a companion that has a pronounced sense of personality and independence! These are terrific pets that may occasionally (if not intentionally) test your patience, often to a hilarious effect!

Horses

Although not pets in a conventional way (e.g. with some minor exceptions, we don’t keep them at home), horses are extremely popular animals held in a high regard for their sheer athletic ability and majestic appearance (also, for the fact that they’ve been our greatest sidekicks in some of the nastiest pages of history). Powerful and incredibly photogenic, it’s no wonder they make such a great photo wall art material!

Having Your Companion(s) with You on Coffee Breaks

Now, all of this is, of course, great, but one cannot bear the canvas of his/her beloved pet at all times. With that said, there are a lot of additional means to acquire the much-needed inspiration from the little pal waiting at home! A photo magic mug, for example, is a perfect way to remind yourself of the furball(s) whenever you’re having a coffee break. There is nothing better than a melted heart every time you look into those tiny eyes!

Or Within a Hand’s Reach at All Times

Another great way of providing yourself with the little reminder of the joy that is your pet companion is creating a photo charm that stays under your palm for the better part of the day. To do so, there’s no better option than a photo mouse mat! See for yourself!

Considering the amount of love our pets receive on a daily basis, there definitely must be quite a few photos you’d like to see printed! Check out our assortment of products and pick the best product to print your beloved companion on!

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As the year nears the finish line, the web is overflowing with top 10 lists dedicated to the widest range of topics. With that said, the dawn of a new year is always the best time for reflecting on all the things the latest 365-day ride has provided us with, and striking photography is one of them. Only naturally, there were a lot of excellent snaps taken, some of which you’ve probably already seen. However, to jump on the bandwagon, My-Picture.co.uk needs a list of its own. Therefore, we collected some of the most poignant, goosebumps-inducing, breathtaking, and otherwise thrilling photos we saw this year.

Interesting Moment (Yulius Y.)

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Now, has there ever been a photo that better depicts how strange our centuries-old fascination with paintings is? We only need someone to look back, and the picture instantly becomes revealing… and to a quite hilarious effect at that. View it as you prefer, whether as the past looking at the future or another photo commentary dwelling on our social consciousness. Either way, it’s one flawless, perfectly timed capture!

The Man’s Stare (Min Ahmed)

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A true fine art painting-worthy capture, this photo has everything- a spontaneous yet perfect composition, an exotic setting, and an aura of mystery not to be unfolded anytime soon. Although there is a certain amount of surprise once you find out what exactly makes it so great, the photo seems to be meant to happen. A pit stop in Gazipur and a tourist standing right next to the train… seems that every great photo has a chain of perfectly random circumstances behind it.

A Man Peeking Through a Fence Along the U.S.-Mexico border (Daniel Acker)

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In light of the recent political schisms around the world (truth be told, they’ve been taking place for the past two years or so), this picture really says more than a thousand words. The image is of a man peeking through the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as if to see what the fuss is all about. Taken by Daniel Acker, it’s an image of desolation and distinction, things that should be artifacts of the past when it comes to international relations in 2017. Well, we have the whole of 2018 to make things better.

Catalan March (Angel Garcia)

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Another politically inclined snap, this photo by Angel Garcia captures the Catalan demonstrators on their march against Spanish police violence in light of the Catalan independence referendum on October the 3rd. The kid standing on the shoulders of the man is the pinnacle of the image’s symbolic power.

Wild West in Turkey (Oktay Subasi)

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Without any advertorial overtones, no other image in recent memory has revived the “Marlboro Man” myth quite as powerfully as this shot by the Turkish photographer Oktay Subasi. Hard at work saddling the mighty stallions, the cowboy is sieged by thick layers of dust and the heavy clop from the animals around him. This is an amazing, powerful shot with a beautifully brown palette!

Lithuania (Tadas Kazakevicius)

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A good sign of a truly great photo is its capability to resonate on a deeply emotional level. This photo, taken by Tadas Kazakevicius, with three siblings and a pup somewhere in the Lithuanian countryside manages to do exactly that. While the image seems to have captured the essence of childhood innocence, there’s also something unbearably sad about the way it has captured its passing. The image itself seems to have no time frame. This might as well have been taken during the 1950’s with its universal sentiment.

Academy Awards Mixup (Christopher Polk)

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There are many great photos that have encapsulated an absurd amount of emotions within a single frame, and 2017 has one of its own. Taken during the 89th Academy Awards, it’s the controversial mix-up during the announcement of the Best Picture honor. What initially went to La La Land was quickly claimed by Moonlight, causing the widest range of emotions within a single photo. Although the moment must have provided a fair share of confusion, the contrast is undeniably hilarious.

Designed by Rei Kawakubo (Erik Magdigan Heck)

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To stray away from reality for a bit and prove that avant-garde is always new, we have selected a highly futuristic fashion photo by Erik Madigan. Featuring a costume designed by the 74-year-old Avant-garde pioneer Rei Kawakubo, it’s a token of a sharp-as-ever eye for the future and an undying craftsmanship. The owner and inventor of the avant-garde couture line Comme des Garçons has brought yet another piece of beautiful other-worldliness.

Crisis in Myanmar (Adam Dean)

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Inevitably, some of the best photos of 2017 are also the most politically charged ones. With that said, it’s only natural as photos like this one are the true face of consequences- one man’s office actions instigate pain and suffering most of us would find hard to fathom. The refugees, fresh off their fishing boat, are fleeing Myanmar as a result of the massive persecution of the Rohingya minority. The events taking place in the neighboring country of Myanmar (Burma) are the latest in a line of shameful exoduses happening as a result of military action against innocent civilians. This particular photo by Adam Dean poses a simple question. Can’t we really change this for the better?

Despite the vast majority of photos dealing with grim subject matters, 2017 also brought us a lot of beauty, creativity, and hope. With that said, it’s also worth noting that through the lenses of these talented photographers and their captivating imagery the world sees all the pain and unfairness so that we may combat and finally get rid of these problems. May 2018 comes with the strength to help us do the right thing!

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Long gone is the time when explosive colours and a string light reenactment of the Nativity in your backyard meant that you’ve hit the jackpot with Christmas decorations. The peace and tranquillity we tend to attribute this period with can only be acquired via the careful selection and disposition of proper elements. So, for those ready to go the complex but rewarding less-is-more lane, we’ve prepared a little list of some of the most inspiring Christmas-themed Instagram entries, which are recipes for a perfectly peaceful Christmas.

Fiona Michelon

A Lady who conjures Christmas wonder with rustic elements that have an instant back-to-the-core-of-it charm about them. To emulate the look, you don’t necessarily need to acquire the same items. View this and the following as the framework to work on!

Lucy Akins 

Her adorable compositions have bewitched thousands of her Instagram followers and not without reason. Her sense of composition and colour is one to envy and definitely try to mimic this Christmas! Just leave something like this on your nightstand, and you have decor packed and served!

A Beautiful Mess

Who said minimal means colourless? A mandarin-clad Christmas wreath will not only radiate a pleasant aroma but will also add a spark to the otherwise dim winter day!

Christine_simplybloom

Nobody does it better than Christine Sandrock when it comes to heartwarming beige and pastels that seem to come straight from a fairy tale. Christmas here is full of little details and love. Still, a look like this is totally achievable!

Almostmakesperfect

Molly Madfis has something for everyone! She’ll make minimalist kitchens exciting with just a couple of pine tree branches and make Christmas living rooms burst with colours, never losing the sense of balance and artistic fling!

Shaynah

Shaynah makes the countryside inspired rustic lifestyle even more charming than it already is. Full of blissful peace and comfy attributes, it’s the Christmas ranch most of us would like to spend our Noel evening at. Again, there’s really nothing complicated here, just a clever use of already existing materials and items. If you or your friends have a barn, you’ll surely find rustic regalia like this.

Some times you just need to add twinkle lights! I wanted to thank you all for the love and messages on our Home tour earlier this week and throughout the week! You all are beautiful souls! I am still getting so many inquiries about our stockings, I found them at @HomeGoods a while back (also proof that not everything good has to cost a fortune!) and I don’t see them there anymore, but if you click this link http://liketk.it/2tTyO and sign up for @liketoknow.it app you can shop the closest styles I have found to these! You can also follow my page on the app and shop my home! I do try to answer your messages, but of course things slip through as I am both a mom and a human ☺️ also this candle I stole from my mom smells so good, you can find it in that link as well! Hope your Saturday night is filled with Home Alone and The Santa Claus and all the fuzzy jammies #liketkit #twinklelights #hearth

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Dearestdaughters

Through an irresistible Instagram feed, Jessica from dearestdaughters has really perfected the mid-century modern aesthetic. Only naturally, with the coming Christmas, the posts on her feed just keep stunning fans. For example, this airy and effortless composition of Christmas wreaths just seems to have really great energetic potential…

West Elm UK

West Elm UK – Your store for modern furniture and interior solutions also came up with this. Less of an actual interior solution, it’s nevertheless a gorgeous piece of Christmas imagery sure to steal the hearts of both young and old!

My Scandinavian Home

Where ould the whole idea of minimalist Christmas decor be without the Scandinavian minimalist school? This is conclusive evidence that chilly hues and general austerity do not automatically make your Christmas gloomy. There are both the spirit and the class!

Hanbullivant

Finally, we have Hannah Bullivant, a Kent-based decorator who truly excels at organic decor and the incorporation of natural elements. So, why exactly Hanna? Well, because this quote of her perfectly sums up what this piece is all about:

moving house is another chance to get rid of superfluous stuff- ephemera, seasonal decorations, clutter: be gone!”

So, there you go. A piece for those who still haven’t managed to deck the halls or simply feel that there’s something missing from the bigger scenario. Feel free to borrow, inspire yourself, or just flat-out copy any of the examples above. That’s partly what these feeds are meant for. Meanwhile, be sure to check our wall decor pages! More often than not a fitting piece of wall art is the last brush stroke in your interior composition.

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Now, at first glance, there’s really nothing that is compelling about a canvas print as it’s seen on a web store menu screen. It’s a seemingly regular home decor piece unlikely to drastically change or boost your Valentine’s Day experience. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you have the piece in your hands, the game changes completely. It is here where you realize that there’s hardly a better seal of love within the given price category. If this February you’re not going for a wedding ring or a luxurious necklace, a romantic canvas print should definitely remain as your go-to option! Here’s why!

You Only Know It Once You Have It in Your Arms

Note the remark about the web store menu. It’s not there just as a mere emphasizer. Truly, you can only grasp the significance of your digitally reproduced photo once you actually have a hold of it. The visual preview can hardly convey the excitement and fulfillment of having a ready-made, large scale (or small scale depending on your preferences) photo canvas print freshly packed in a specially sealed cardboard package. It is here where all of the elements blend together for a flawless experience.

A perfectly tight fabric stretched over a carefully processed wooden framework, everything just oozes quality, reliability, and an accomplished manufacturing practice. And, these are just the technicalities. In the case of Valentine’s Day, the ever-so-important emotional impact a photo gift like this could potentially have is only second to none.

Quality That Captures Both the Look and the Feel

Whether it’s a quirky, improvised photo booth session during a night to remember or a carefully planned and staged romantic photo shoot in the woods, there will always be something that fits the frame perfectly. Regardless of the type of photo that you intend to print, the quality standard remains intact. You can count on that one since we provide printing technology that will capture both the look and the feel!

HP latex inks are able to do wonders when it comes to the reproduction of colours and contrasts. The original resolution stays where it is, and the only, barely noticeable con one might assess is the occasionally muted hues in the printed versions of originally low-contrast photos. With that said, this is another reversible flaw as photos receive a visual check-up prior to the actual printing and are still modifiable even after you’ve placed an order!

If the outcome does not fit your preferences, there’s always a chance of doing a cost-free reprint to get the most of your favourite photo!

Romantic Photo Wall Art Is a Powerful Reminder

Now, aside from all practical assumptions and the fact that a Valentine’s Day gift such as a photo canvas instantly cancels a truckload of difficulties on your part, it’s also a decor item that will mediate your emotions once there’s a prolonged period of separation. Whether it’s a business trip or a visit to see parents, even a week can seem like a literal lifetime when the one you share your life with is not to be found by your side.

This is when the true significance of your photo decor reveals itself. The right shot printed on the right surface will be more than able to re-create the sensation of the day it was captured. When spirits are down, a canvas print that celebrates your union will breathe hope and joy back into you. One look at the image and you’ll know all the reasons why it’s always worth the wait!

Fast, Easy, and with a Special Valentine’s Day Discount!

More often than not, Valentine’s Day requires considerable effort in finding the right gift solution. Time-consuming, pain-inducing, and, at times, with a high risk of completely missing the mark, it’s a challenge some of us can’t actually afford to take on simply because there’s no time to lose. The option to digitally recreate a moment of romantic bliss is here to help you avoid these unpleasant experiences.

Just woke up to the fact that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner? No worries! You can still make it! Have that one special social media photo that perfectly captures what your relationship is all about? Good enough, that will do! With discounts up to 79%, creating a high-quality photo canvas is pretty much a self-evident gift solution to go with.

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Sure, you might already have your cart full of goodies. Sure, you might be avoiding tedious Christmas advertisements like a plague. And sure, this one has all the predicaments to be deemed as such. However, your mid-season time-out might have come too early. Tomorrow is the best day to get your Christmas gift. Simple as that. And now, let us elaborate on why exactly it’s so. First off, you won’t have to pay for it.

Secondly, It Will Be a Fun Game to Play!

Now, what can set a person into the festive mood more than unexpected free items? Perhaps an exciting game played in real time with numerous other people competing with you at the same time! A little “Spot the Christmas Spirit” match this Sunday, December 17th will make your holiday season merrier and brighter than you could have ever imagined!

How It Will Happen

Now, this is all you need to know. There will be one session with no precise time given before. Your only task is to lock on the game once it’s on the screen and spot the Christmas Spirit to acquire a high quality, fully customizable photo item completely for free! Yes, not a single penny from your side! What’s the best about it? Anyone who spots the Spirit is a winner! Just leave a comment on where you think the spirit is to be found and, if your eyes aren’t fooling you, you will be notified of your prize on December 18th!

The Prizes (all customizable to bear your favourite photos):

Schedule

There is none, our specially prepared Christmas room can pop at any moment for the duration of December 17th! As real Christmas miracles do! Keeping our FB page open will be the only safe ticket to not miss the competition!

We wish you the greatest of luck and may the Christmas spirit be found not only in our special Christmas rooms but in every room around the world!

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Rewind the film back a few years and you’ll arrive at a rather sad scene. It’s hard to imagine that, once, stock photo websites were filled with sub-par renditions of corporate lunch breaks, unintentionally hilarious settings involving sitcom-esque couples, or oddly suggestive festive photography. Okay, truth be told, there still are heaps of images like these- photos with serious meme potential as their only redeeming quality. However, the tide is turning. A new wave of socially aware, beautifully composed stock photography is gradually taking over, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Here’s why.

The Re-Appropriation of the Whole Stock Photo Concept  

With the sudden shift brought by services such as Adobe Stock and Unsplash.com, the distinction between regular photography and a classic stock piece has never been looser than it is right now. The typical, well-renovated interior, artificially-lit interior, identical sweaters, and solid white backgrounds behind the forced posing of a 90’s entrepreneur all have been replaced by neon-lit streets, comfy coffee shops, mason jars, Scandinavian design tropes, and captivating, unedited, and, at times, outright unflattering close-ups. The absurd straightforwardness of the classic stock photo has been replaced by mood, texture, and ambiguity.

While this, of course, can make it really difficult to illustrate your point during a high school presentation, it makes for a far more convincing message in general. In short, the stock photo industry has been seriously “artified”.

Most Importantly, It Recognizes the Current State of Affairs  

The modern stock photo does not stand only for a super hi-res aerial shot made with a high-end drone somewhere in Iceland. Although the visual prowess has grown alongside the content itself, there’s just so much more going on than a simple aesthetical update.

First off, stock photos found on contemporary stock photo websites (most notably Unsplash.com) no longer bare distinctions between races, ethnicities, minorities, or any other group for that matter, and while it may seem perfectly normal today, it was not something one could expect from a popular stock photo site even 6 to 7 years ago (apart from borderline offensive cliches about the theme). If you typed in LGBT just a couple of years ago, you’d most likely get a truckload of cartoonish depictions of Pride members or some kind of a Blue Oyster variation about the theme. Although, since its complete transition to a web-based service, the stock photo industry was never discriminating in the traditional sense of the word. It also never recognized the groups in a genuinely human, completely serious manner!

Today, one can easily find a beautiful, high-quality picture of a stunning queer individual, an image that comes from an authentic place and community and, as such, represents actual pain, attitude, and affection. The same arrives from a bearded homeless outcast giving a penetrating gaze to the author’s 80-105 mm lens. Stock photos have become honest and thought-provoking. Who would have thought that in the Trump era of casual dining room racism, the lack of power positions, social boundaries, and ideological supremacy characteristic to contemporary stock photo websites will become so pleasantly refreshing?

Furthermore, the business of the stock photo has never strayed further from its initially strictly business roots. Sites like Unsplash.com provide access to thousands of high-quality photos with no toll whatsoever, usually offering the user to credit the photographer with a simple mention (or a cup of coffee in the case of the Pixabay.com, which is also a voluntary option). Yes, places like Unsplash.com, Stocksnap.io, and Pexels.com are free and are functioning on nothing else but our goodwill. Thousands of photos that have every price-worthy parameter about them are coming with no price tag at all, turning the whole stock photo business into a kind of community experience where the givers and the receivers constantly switch their roles and exist in an all-around beneficial universe.

There’s a Serious Artistic Integrity There  

For once, finding the perfect stock photo has become somewhat of a difficult task. And, that’s not because you have to scroll through a myriad of dull, cringe-inducing images. Quite contrary, the technological progress and the consequential democratization of photography have led us to stock photos that boast incredible quality and artistic integrity. Some of the flat lay snaps seem to be ready-made for a beautiful, trendy cookbook while the majority of travel photos seem to be a screen capture from an inspiring, big-budget video edit. The portraits often boast exhibition worthy materials, images often have bare strong socio-political commentaries, while some of the more conceptual shots offer the same kind of sophistication you’d expect from a neatly packaged interior design lookbook. You better go on the search with a clear idea of what you need. Otherwise, there’s a great potential for getting sucked into a loophole that will surely divert you from the original cause.

Where’s the Hook?  

There is none. More than anything else, the trajectory stock photo websites have gone down can be viewed as a natural progression of the phenomena. As brands strive to get more in touch with the current cultural climate and to be more relatable for the general public, the utilization of casual, humane, and seemingly candid images that reference current fashion and lifestyle trends seems to be only a sensible step to take. For us and all the others, it’s a little yet important revolution of beauty!

Explored and written by photo printing experts from My-Picture.co.uk – one of the biggest and best-rated manufacturers and distributors of personalized wall decor and lifestyle accessories in the UK.

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