I am delighted to have been asked to host this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge and wanted to choose a subject that I am particularly interested in. Texture is one method of bringing life to your photos. While the structure of an object is its form, the material from which it is made constitutes its texture. You are aiming at translating texture visually, bringing life and energy to a photo through shape, tone and colour.
Study the texture and forget about what it is you are photographing, imagine reaching out and touching a photograph. What would you feel? Is it hard or soft, smooth or rough? Texture becomes the subject here.
Whenever I am near a harbour and see the boats I get distracted by the minutiae of all things nautical. Flaking paint, rusty chains, fraying rope – there are so many different textures to catch the eye. Getting in close is important for seeing textures as is looking for unusual patterns or contrasting colours.
Stepping away from the manmade objects the beach is also a place where texture abounds from sand as soft as icing sugar to boulders smoothed by the ocean waves, sharp mussels and barnacles, frothy foam and slimy seaweed.
And finally this wouldn’t be a complete Cornish post without a look at a Cornish hedge (never a wall or hedgerow) which is always a treasure trove of textures.
And although I have chosen a very personal Cornish theme for my take on the subject you can choose anything you like including art, nature, food, textiles, architecture or even common objects around the home
We are very much looking forward to seeing the different textures you can find in your world. Please link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag. If you’re new to the Lens-Artists challenges and would like to participate, here’s a link describing how you can join us.
Sincere thanks to Anne Sandler for a marvellous challenge last week. Your sightings of Wildlife Close to Home took us around the globe and showed us the wonderful variety of wildlife in and around your area. Next Saturday at noon, Tina will be our host for LAPC #227, so be sure to visit her amazing site Travels and Trifles for inspiration and details. Until then, stay safe and be kind.