Why Historic Preservation is Important

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Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, fine art infrared photography
Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Why Historic Preservation is Important

I am passionate about photographing historic sites for several reasons. Most importantly, photographing historical sites is one way to promote historic preservation. Historic preservation is vital for several reasons.

A Connection to the Past

Firstly, historic preservation helps to maintain a tangible connection to our cultural heritage and identity. Historic buildings and sites provide essential clues to our past and tell us about the people who built them, how they lived, and the events that shaped their lives. By preserving these spaces and structures, we ensure that our cultural heritage is not lost and that future generations can learn about our history and cultural identity.

Ballista Elephant, Stone Carving of Cambodia Warriors, fine art photography
Ballista Elephant, Stone Carving of Cambodia Warriors

Economic Benefits

Moreover, it is important to note that historic preservation can yield substantial economic advantages. Firstly, conserving historic buildings and neighborhoods can result in the creation of job opportunities, promote tourism, and spur economic activity. Additionally, historic preservation plays a critical role in maintaining property values and contributing to the revival of urban areas. As an illustration, the restoration of a historic district can attract new businesses and residents, which can stimulate economic growth and augment property values.

Environmental Benefits

Additionally, historic preservation can also have environmental benefits. By reusing existing buildings and structures, we can reduce the need for new construction, decreasing the consumption of natural resources. Preserving buildings can help prevent the demolition of historic structures, leading to the loss of irreplaceable materials and treasured artifacts.

Educational Opportunities

Likewise, preserving historic buildings and sites also provides educational opportunities. By visiting historic sites and learning about their history, we can better understand our cultural heritage and the events that have shaped our world. Historic preservation also provides opportunities for research and education, allowing us to learn about the techniques and materials used in historic construction and how they have evolved.

Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana, infrared, black and white photo
Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana

Sense of Community

Finally, preservation is vital for maintaining a sense of community and social cohesion. Historic buildings and sites often serve as landmarks and gathering places, contributing to the unique character of a community. These structures can help maintain a sense of community identity and pride.


In summary, it is crucial to emphasize that historic preservation serves several significant purposes. Firstly, it maintains our cultural heritage and ensures that it endures for future generations. Moreover, historic preservation contributes to the promotion of economic and environmental sustainability. In addition to these benefits, historic preservation also provides valuable educational opportunities for both current and future generations. By preserving historic buildings and sites, we can learn from our past and understand our cultural identity. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to prioritize and invest in historic preservation efforts.

I invite you to visit my galleries to view images of historical sites worldwide.

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Fine Art Photography Prints

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Urquhart Castle, Scotland

Congratulations!  You have purchased art you love, but now how do you display it?

Here are some tips for displaying art. All the better if you purchased fine art photography prints from Jacqueline LaRocca Photography.

Esthetic Appeal

Art gives a room esthetic appeal.  You can use art to project a certain feeling to a space.  The key to decorating successfully with art is to give thought to where it will be displayed before hanging it on the wall.

Professionally Framed

First, get art professionally framed.  Putting beautifully crafted art in a substandard frame detracts from the visual appeal of the art.

Layout Preparation

Before hanging the art on the wall, do a layout of the piece or pieces on paper and trace them.  Cut out the patterns and tape them on the wall.  Use this as your guide to hanging your art.  Planning will save your walls from too many unwanted holes!

Eye Level

Hang art at eye level (approximately 60 to 66 inches from the floor).


When hanging art over a couch, place the artwork 6 to 8 inches from the top of the couch.

Geometric Shapes

Use geometric shapes to guide you on how to place the artwork.  For example, hang four small art pieces together to form a square.  Conversely, hang three pieces together along a horizontal line in a row.

Most Significant Placement

When hanging several pieces of art together, place the most significant piece in the center with smaller pieces around it.

Smaller Artwork

Group smaller pieces of art together.  Hang small pieces two inches apart.  Consider hanging smaller artwork in a small space such as a bathroom or kitchen.  Adding art to a small space creates an intimate feeling.  Also, consider placing small artwork in bookcases and on tables.

Larger Artwork

When hanging several larger pieces together, place them three inches apart—alternatively, lean heavier pieces on a table against a wall. Always be conscious of safety first in the home or office.

Hanging Hardware

Use quality picture hanging hardware (available in hardware stores). Select hardware by the weight of the artwork. Furthermore don’t be afraid to ask for assistance at the store.


Lastly, I hope displaying fine art tips helps you to enjoy your art!

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Here are some infrared color images from Oxford, Maryland, USA You will see that the trees and shrubbery show up as white.

The Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, Eastern Shore, Maryland, fine art, infrared color photography
The Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, Eastern Shore, Maryland
The Academy House, Oxford, Eastern Shore, Maryland, fine-art. infrared color photography
The Academy House, Oxford, Eastern Shore, Maryland

Some black and white images from Ireland

Kylemore Abbey, Galway, Ireland, infrared photo
Kylemore Abbey, Galway, Ireland
Yew Tree Pathway in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland, fine art black and white photography
Yew Tree Pathway in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland

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Five Reasons to Decorate with Real Artwork

Arch of Constantine, Rome, Italy

Five Reasons to Decorate with Real Artwork by Jacqueline LaRocca

Bridge over troubled water at Belvoir Park Forest, five reasons to decorate with real artwork
Bridge over troubled water at Belvoir Park Forest, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Decorating with real artwork has many benefits, and it can enhance the overall look and feel of your home or office. In this article, we will explore five reasons why you should consider decorating with real artwork.

  • Originality and Uniqueness

One of the most significant advantages of decorating with real artwork is that each piece is unique and original. Unlike mass-produced artwork or prints, original artwork is one-of-a-kind and carries the artist’s personal touch and style. It means that you can own something that nobody else has, and you can display it in your space as a statement of your unique taste and personality.

Moreover, original artwork has an emotional and intellectual value that cannot be replicated by prints. When you look at an original artwork, you feel the energy and the passion that the artist put into the piece. You can see the brushstrokes, the colors, and the texture, and you can appreciate the complexity and the depth of the piece. This makes original artwork a valuable investment that can appreciate in value over time.

  • Aesthetics and Style

Another benefit of decorating with real artwork is that it can add aesthetic value to your space. Whether you are looking for a contemporary or classic look, artwork can help you achieve the style you want. You can choose artwork that complements the color scheme and the design of your space, or you can use artwork to create a focal point that draws attention and creates visual interest.

For instance, you can use bold and vibrant artwork to add energy and excitement to a neutral room, or you can use subtle and delicate artwork to create a serene and peaceful ambiance. You can also mix and match different styles and mediums to create a diverse and eclectic look that reflects your personality and taste.

  • Personalization and Expression

Decorating with real artwork can also be a way of expressing yourself and your identity. You can choose artwork that reflects your interests, passions, and values, or you can commission artwork that represents your unique vision and perspective. You can also use artwork to tell a story or to evoke emotions that are meaningful to you.

For example, you can hang photographs of your family, friends, and pets to create a personal and intimate space, or you can use artwork that represents your cultural heritage or your favorite hobbies. By decorating with real artwork, you can create a space that is uniquely yours and that reflects your individuality and creativity.

  • Investment and Legacy

Another benefit of decorating with real artwork is that it can be a wise investment that can appreciate in value over time. Unlike furniture or decorative items that can depreciate over time, original artwork can gain value as the artist’s reputation grows, as the artwork becomes more scarce, or as the demand for the artwork increases.

Moreover, artwork can also be a legacy that you can pass on to your family or loved ones. By investing in original artwork, you can create a valuable collection that can be enjoyed and appreciated by future generations. You can also support emerging artists and contribute to the cultural and artistic heritage of your community.

  • Support for Artists and the Arts

Finally, decorating with real artwork can be a way of supporting artists and the arts. By buying original artwork, you can help artists earn a living and sustain their creative practice. You can also contribute to the development of the arts by supporting local galleries, museums, and art organizations.

Furthermore, by decorating with real artwork, you can enrich your life and the lives of others by exposing yourself and others to the beauty and the power of art. Art can inspire, educate, and entertain, and it can connect people across cultures, languages, and borders. By investing in art, you can contribute to a more vibrant, diverse, and enriching society.

In conclusion, decorating with real artwork has many benefits that go beyond aesthetics and style.

Kylemore Abbey, Galway, Ireland, infrared
Kylemore Abbey, Galway, Ireland

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