Signing your work is essential. It's part of the personalization of your project. Most photographic artists sign their work on the paper below the image. Artists are divided, however, on whether to display that signature or not—there are ample examples of each. And we offer both options in the matting: space for a visible signature, or none. But whether you see the signature or not, original artworks are always signed.
It's just more modest to hide your signature under the mat.
At NEOMODERN we have a signature station with a number of writing instruments—a range of fine tip permanent black inks and various kinds of pencils (the tradition of photographers is pencil on matte paper); Ansel Adams used to write his whole name but in his later years just put his famous "AA" on his prints. Henri Cartier-Bresson used a big black ink pen and emblazoned his prints with an enormous signature (along with an embossing!) and proudly matted them to keep it visible. It's true that the photo should speak for itself, but sometimes a date or a place is warranted. Sometimes a little note or title. Visible or not.
An invisible note is intriguing
You can hide many things under the mat.
Imagine: A little message of love from parents to their newborn child. Written and sealed into the frame, perhaps not to be discovered for years... decades... it could be like a buried treasure, to be revealed at some long distant time. A time capsule found by your descendants. Or maybe it's much closer. Perhaps it becomes an object of family lore: your newborn knows to open the frame on her 21st birthday. Or 50th. You can put a secret here. A poem. We give you space and materials to do this before we frame. It creates an object like no other.