Gallery Wall for Renters + Awesome Prank Idea
These photos are taken from opposite ends of the gallery wall in my apartment. If you look closely at the photos in the pictures, you can see where the two photos overlap, but this is one loooong gallery wall.
At this point, having a wall with dozens of pictures taped to it wherever I live is becoming a signature move for me, although it takes slightly different forms in each of my homes. You can see my first renter's gallery wall here. When we moved to China, I took all the pictures with me and taped them to the wall in our apartment there. When we moved here, I made a few improvements by adding about 20 new photos, from Hawaii and China and Hong Kong, to the photo collection, thereby updating and expanding the wall. Also, this time I went with the system of having the photos span the entire length of the wall, and then built up from one solid line. This way, I can add more recent photos as I print them, easily.
I've found the photo walls to be a big hit with guests. Friends love finding themselves on the wall, and conversely, if they can't find themselves on the wall, they swear to print a picture and give it to me so that my wall can have their face on it. Some people have tried to propose the theory that a mathematical calculation of how many times a person's face appears on that wall is directly proportional to how much I love them. The clear "winners" of that calculation are Angel and myself, so maybe they're on to something.
Now. Here's what I have to tell you. I recently had an idea for a brilliant prank involving a gallery wall, and because gallery walls, whether the framed version or the tape version, are so popular, I had to share it with you. My preferred pranks are of the genuinely non-harmful, bizarrely amusing kind, and this fits in just right with my tastes.
Do this: Next time a friend is bringing someone you don't know over to the house, find out their name ahead of time. Search them on Facebook, find a picture--profile picture, or one buried deep in their albums, print it out on decent quality paper, and put it in your gallery wall.
When the friend of a friend arrives at your house, they will inevitably stop to admire your gallery wall, because it's a rather distinctive design feature. Because most of the people in the photos are strangers to them, their eyes will glance over all the unfamiliar faces until they find one they recognize--their own! Then they will be somewhat disturbed, but they might not want to say anything since they don't really know you, and the rest of the evening you will spend trying not to burst into laughter. Or else they will say something, and you'll all bond over the ridiculous awkwardness, and you'll become fast friends. Boom.
*Bonus points: You're a blogger, right? When you inevitably decide to blog about your gallery wall, download and print off a picture from one of your regular reader's blogs, and add it to the wall. When they happen to spot that extremely familiar photo in the pictures you post in your gallery wall tutorial, they will also be confused and possibly freaked out. The only downside is that in this situation you won't get to actually be present to see their reaction.
Do you have a gallery wall in your house? Permanent or Renter-style?