Texture in Photography
Visual and tactile textures provide details, assist us in separating one object from another and enhance our experience of the world. In photography, texture can visually add dimension and give the viewer an appreciation for a subject’s unique characteristics and appearance.
The bark of trees is rich in texture, and tree bark is one of the characteristics that scientists use to differentiate one tree from another. Intimate images of bark , leaves and other tree parts can expose beautiful patterns and details.
Beautiful plants like ivy climb up interesting surfaces like stone and brick walls, and ferns decorate the woods and rock walls with their finely textured fronds.
The feathers of birds provide ever changing patterns as the feathers and bone structure beneath them align in repose and in flight. Color, shape, size and position all contribute to the luscious texture and symmetry.
Old wood, twisted by the elements, or impacted by insects or animals, can reveal its history in a single cross section or fallen log. The viewer is left to imagine what forces contributed to its unique form and shape.
Rock faces, weathered, pitted or smooth, reveal their mineral components and the effect of nature’s magnificent forces.
Pebbles, rocks and boulders, smoothed or pocked by millions of years of crashing waves are deposited on beaches and distributed randomly, creating beautiful arrangements of color and texture.
Flower petals and plants create a limitless array of textural photographic possibilities exhibiting attributes of soft, spiky, prickly, smooth, bumpy, silky, curly and wavy textures among others.
Animals who live in the oceans and on the beach provide an array of colors and textures that are unavailable in other ecosystems.
When texture is explored as a photographic medium, small details are revealed that can be overlooked in daily life, opening up new channels of discovery for the photographer and other visual explorers.
Reverie de Escobedo(non-registered)
Really wonderful information and photos
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