View Full Version : Need title help

04-14-2013, 06:45 PM
I already have a title for this print that I like very much. My quandary is that I have been told that one shouldn't use odd or foreign names because they may be mispronounced. (I absolutely agree with this, because I have seem titles pronounced so badly that the whole effect was ruined.) Anyway, I titled my print "Poseidon's Altar," which I really love, but I can just imagine what variations people can come up with. The other candidate for a title was "Neptune's Altar," which may have a better chance of not being mispronounced. Am I being too cautious, or should I just take a chance on Poseidon?


04-14-2013, 07:32 PM
Don't use titles written in foreign languages. I did this a bunch of years ago - I had a portrait of a Vietnamese bride wearing her trditional red wedding dress. Since the bride was Vietnamese, I wrote the title out in Vietnamese. The print went down in flames. The strange title distracted the judges - especially since that was before we started getting images sent in from our Korean and Chinese affiliate associations. If I had just titled it as "The Lady in Red", it would have hung...
You don't have to make that mistake to learn from it - I already did that one for you...

04-14-2013, 10:20 PM
Thanks - I know you're right. I just think Poseidon has a little more "cachet." In a gallery I could probably get $100 more for Poseidon over Neptune....lol.

04-17-2013, 08:59 PM
Poseidon doesn't seem to me to be "that" different. Also, some of the competitions now show the title on the scoring device, depending on the level of the competition, so the judges may or may not have to rely on the announcer's interpretation.