I’ve always been a fan of using Animated GIF’s for subtle animation when appropriate, and I think it works pretty well here. I think I’ve also decided I like lightboxes best when they are on sites with dark backgrounds. Much less "jarring".
2 feedback points, do with them whatever you want:
1) the site gives a bit of squeezed in a box feeling to me somehow. Maybe its an idea to move the content and left menu a bit lower to give the top menu /header some more space of its own. (or only the left menu a bit so the word portfolio is the same height as the first photo / text heading).
2) the footer text has no font, so it defaults to times for me. The rest of your site is arial so it different and it looks a bit weird if you ask me. Maybe change it to arial aswell.
Thank you very much for the comments. I appreciate all criticism. I agree, it would be more visually appealing if the left menu was lower. And, I’ll be changing the footer font. I did that on purpose actually, I thought different then arial might look good, but since there isn’t any other text besides 3, non portfolio pages, it will look fine as Arial.
Thanks again for the comments… I’ll be posting a couple more sites in the week or so to come.
I think it looks good. Personally, I’m one for dark designs. And I agree with Chris that lightboxes do look best on a dark page.
A maturity warning on the page for "nudes," I’m not so sure of.. I mean come on, it’s not pornography. I think about 90% of the photographers out there with nudes on their sites don’t have anything of the sort. Kind of takes away from the idea of it being "art"…. only my opinion of course. (makes me think that one day they’ll be putting maturity warnings on swimsuit ads)
Thanks for the replies!
I like simple designs, and I wanted the blackredwhite theme for this specific one. I’m going to fix the footer font soon, I’ve just been working on a couple other sites that I’ll be displaying here soon.