In this post I'll try to describe some of the some of the final decisions and thoughts before the exhibition opening. Here's the link to the post where I described the last moment decisions.
The final size of the pictures: 76x92cm and 92x76cm (with 6cm of white border on each side) portrait and landscape formats, respectively. I wanted both formats to have the same weight. I'm very happy how it came out.
I chose glossy finishing. Although I had more restrictions when hanging the pictures in the gallery (I had to put brighter images opposite to the windows), I'm again very happy I didn't choose matte version. It's working very well in the current gallery.
Intro text on the wall in both Estonian and English looks amazing too, it catches the eye even from outside of the gallery. I could complain a little about the design, but well, I didn't have much experience with this either.
One of the last choices I had to make was whether the pictures should be aligned by top third or top border. I made some tests and found out that when the pictures are not very close to each other, they should be aligned by top border, when they're close - by top third (otherwise the portraits will have more visual weight). I had plenty of wall room in the gallery, so the pictures are aligned by top border. Looks good to me.
I had a small panic when ordering the pictures in the gallery, because the plan I made at home didn't work very well. So I spent 2+ hours in the gallery just reordering the pictures and it finally seemed logical to me. Whether other people find the same rhythm and associations, remains to be seen.
All in all, it's an amazing feeling when more than a year of work comes together and looks stunning. Sorry for praising so much my own work, but it definitely is the high point of my photographic career.
Go see it for yourself (Facebook event in Estonian) and let me know what you think ☺