I’m Chris Milne, a picture framer based in South Gloucestershire, between Bristol and Gloucester.
I’m a member of the Guild of Fine Arts and work to their exacting standards creating bespoke framing for art, photographs, textiles and memorabilia.
I’ve also been a professional photographer for over 25 years. After completing a City & Guilds course in photography I moved to India and spent time there documenting religious festivals. This led to travel and photography around the world, following my passion for cultural and wildlife photography.
During this time I started taking others on photographic trips and teaching photography in the field. I’ve been fortunate in my career as a photographer to have worked in many countries from Roman ruins in Palmyra and Leptis Magna to the Holi and Kumbh Mela festivals in India and the wildlife of Africa.
On returning to settle in the UK I was owner of the Blackthorn School of Photography, guiding many students to success with the Royal Photographic Society and other distinctions and qualifications. The most satisfying part of the job was helping pupils to take a good quality picture and add the right finishing touches to elevate it to an outstanding image. This included making sure the mounts and frames for images were perfect.
I had long been framing my own pieces, but as this part of my job developed I decided to concentrate on fine art framing. There is a huge satisfaction in making a picture the very best it can be.
I have worked as an exhibition printer and framer for galleries including the Barbican and the Bristol Museum.
I have also judged photography competitions. Quite often stunning images are let down when the final adjustments and finishing touches are not quite perfect. Colour management could sometimes be better and the choice of mount and frame does not always do the photograph justice. In teaching my own students, I always made sure that they understood not only how to use their camera but also how to finish their photographs to produce a piece of work to the highest standards.
I still teach photography but my main focus now is on the final part of the process, that of perfecting and custom framing the image. Years of experience mean that I can adjust a photograph to make it the best that it can be, before printing it on archival quality paper and helping you select the very best mounts and frames.
I am also experienced in framing many forms of artwork including watercolours, Oils and pastels and specialise in stretching canvasses and framing them.