This is actually a two part question…and for the sake of “large prints”, I’m thinking minimum of 30", and more in to the range of 40-60".
First, I’m curious if others have done much printing and/or selling images for display for their houses or businesses, or for display in other locations such as galleries or to sell to the public. What images do well? What images are most appealing for display? It would seem to me that what is most successful on social media (in your face sunset/sunrise images with wide angle lens and lots of dynamic visual flow), might be a bit overwhelming to the viewer when printed say at 40" for a business or clinic. Are lower contrast images more successful? Are more subdued color saturation or B&W images more successful? What about dynamic range? Are lower contrast/high key/low key images more pleasing to look at than high-dynamic range with lots of contrast?
I’m even more interested in what makes “healing” images? I am interested in printing a series of images for the clinic at which I work. I am a cardiologist, and some of our patients are pretty sick. I’m interested in inspiring hope and optimism by displaying “healing” imagery, but have had some difficulty in finding consensus or publications on this topic. Before investing substantial money in printing images that may actually do more harm than good, I’d be interested in your thoughts and if there’s any data on what types of images actually are effective in promoting a sense of well-being, hope, and healing to others. I’ve read some articles such as from the Cleveland Clinic in which rich colors and abstractions are more helpful. Yet, I’ve found conflicting information in other publications.
Of course as a physician, I’d like “real data” on what works and what doesn’t…but I’m not sure such publications exist. Second to that, I’d be interested in the opinion of “experts” in the field such as this audience or curators of galleries, etc. Any help is appreciated and thanks for your time!