This is not my image or an image I printed. This is one of a series of prints hanging in the Atlanta Airport walkway between terminals. I’m posting it because it teaches two important lessons.
First, when lighting exhibits the light should evenly cover the entire print and not be focused on three tiny spots.
This is a traditional c-print and under this poor lighting you can see that not only has it faded badly, but unevenly because of the poor lighting. The fading is hard to interpret from this iphone capture. I inspected it closely and noted that the print had faded overall becoming desaturated and red. In the areas where the spot lights were focused the image all but disappeared. Around the area that the spotlights hit the print only a light cyan ghost of the image remained.
What bothers me most about this is that the photographer had great shots that I imagine took considerable effort. And they must be excited that thousands of people walk by the images every day. As I watched for a few minutes a good portion of the passerby’s took notice and even stopped to look. I don’t know how long these prints have been up, can’t be more than a year or two, but they need to be changed out with archival prints and lit properly!