Monday, 24 October 2011

Texture

I'm linking in with Kat Sloma's Exploring with a Camera.  This time the topic is found texture - ie texture that already exists rather than texture added in post processing.

I LOVE this topic.  Even as I was reading the article for the first time, images sprang to mind.   Here are some of them:

Wood provides lots of different textures.  I love the natural, random texture of the outside against the smoother, cut edge of the wood.   I also love the contrast between the logs and the smoothed, weathered wood of the door frame.




I love the natural randomness that time and weather can give man made objects:





The peeling paint of the bench above is gorgeous and gives so much story and atmosphere to the overall image.


Colour can really enhance texture too - be it strong colours like this:


where the orange pumpkin really highlights the rusting of the can it's sitting next to.

Or:


a more monochromatic theme (save for the splash of green) as above.  I love the contrast in textures of the dented old watering can against the pieces of gravel and the smooth enamel bucket.  The wooden boxes give it another textural dimension.

Walls provide fantastic textural backgrounds (I always find them great for portraits). There are a lot of different textures going on in the image below, but the wall gives it coherence both in terms of colour and texture:




Capturing texture in photography is so amazing because it really does add a tactile element to an image.  I'm reminded of a chapter in Patti Digh's book Creative is a Verb entitled Please lick the art.  The chapter title was inspired by a little girl visiting an art gallery who was so enamoured by a painting of a velvet dress that she had to be asked not to lick the art.  I love that story.  It illustrates beautifully the importance of texture in bringing an image to life.  I can't think of a higher compliment than someone wanting to reach out and touch an image (or lick the art!) that I created. 






20 comments:

  1. I always love your photos and how well you can analyse and talk about them :) so talented xx

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  2. Becs,
    As a texture junkie, your photos were a wonder of fantastic found textures. I love them all but the pumpkin with that amazing rusty can, contrasting with the purple and green natural textures of the background - that is really stunning. I wish I could learn to compose like that.

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  3. You found some excellent examples of the beauty found in texture! I love texture, especially in nature! My favorite photo would be the bench and flowers! I love the pealing paint and the smooth metal arms. I especially love the grass coming up through the bench!! There's such a nostalgic feel to it!

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  4. Thank you so much for your comments, how lovely - they have really made my day.:)

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  5. Love that Patti Digh story too! There are some nice shots here - I particularly like the one with the chain in it.

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  6. Hi there! Love all of your pictures! I loved the texture of the brick wall with chair.

    I passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to you :) I posted it today on my blog.

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  7. Hi Becs, Great photos and writing!
    I keep looking at your photos and the bench and the watering can keep catching my eye. I don't want to lick the bench, but I would like to sit there for a while!!

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  8. Tracie, thank you so much, I am thrilled to bits with the award, how sweet of you. Much love and big hugsxxx

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  9. Hi Phyllis, thank you so much. I don't blame you for not wanting to lick the bench, but I'll definitely take sitting on it for a while! Becsx

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  10. Becs, I love this post! You captured such great textures in the images. I especially love the contrasts in them, all have such depth and interest. I really must read Life is a Verb, I've eyed it before but have not read it yet! Thanks so much for participating in Exploring with a Camera, I love your added point of view!

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  11. Beautiful captures. I love texture and you have such a great eye for it.

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  12. Awesome textured photos! I can feel it! ~~ namaste, Carol ^_^ (A Creative Harbor) linked w/Exploring w/Cam

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  13. Isn't it great how just a stack of firewood can be artistic with the right eye? And I totally love the peeling bench - that's probably my fave. All are beautifully composed and show a wide range of texture. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. You made me think that texture is really in everything we see and if we can capture that texture in a two dimensional image then we have added that dimension for the viewer to experience. I often find myself running my hand over an image that I have been moved by...I know it is presented on a flat piece of paper but my emotions have been tricked into sensing the texture...and a response has ensued...
    I can feel your pumpkin skin and smell the rusty can... that's interesting...the texture can provoke an olfactory response too....

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  16. Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend. :)

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  17. Your photos are very nice - With a special love for the bench, it looks like from another time and brings back many memories to me.
    Lovely week-end to you!!

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  18. Great collection of texture captures! My favorite is the last photo. I like the unusual group of objects hanging on this wall - looks as though an artist arranged them!

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  19. These are wonderful examples of texture....I love those watering cans! You do have such an artful eye!

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  20. Thanks so much for your comments. Have a lovely week. :)

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