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Do you want to have your image on film placed in an LED light box, or printed on photographic paper and mounted on a substrate? Light boxes illuminate the media in them from behind (hence "backlit"), so the media in a light box must be at least partially transparent. Thus the media used in light boxes is film and not photographic paper. Herein lies one of the major differences between light boxed and mounted art.

Film, the media in light boxes, is designed to transmit light; it is not designed solely to be printing on as is photographic paper. Film lacks the color gamut, saturation and intensity that photographic paper has, particularly the special paper that we use for our prints. You cannot get the black of space as black on film as you can on photographic paper, nor can you achieve the vibrancy, "pop" and color range on film that paper has. So why use film at all?

Film in light boxes appears to glow with light. This is perfect for depicting stars, the source of all natural light in the universe. So even though film doesn't have the color range, saturation, intensity or depth of photographic paper, it has a great virtue of its own: it appears luminescent when backlit in a light box. Film and photographic paper each have their own strengths and weaknesses. It is a matter of personal preference and sometimes the particular subject as to which one you will like the most.

Compare the images in our Light Box Gallery with those in our Mounted Print Gallery but be forewarned: although we have tried to faithfully photographic each mounting method as best we could, you cannot really appreciate their differences—particularly with large art—until you see them "in the flesh." For this reason and because I love to look at them, my art is on exhibit in my San Francisco home/museum.