I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it… I always want to see the third dimension of something… I want to come alive with the object.
We’re delighted that Jude of Cornwall in Colours is our guest host this week. She shares her love of Cornwall in her beautiful posts. This week, she has chosen the theme of Textures, which is another way to engage our senses when we create and view a photograph.
I especially love to hunt for textures in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun warms wood and stone. In this photo, the evening sun struck a door in the neighborhood of Santa Croce in Florence. The sun drew my attention to the peeling paint and rusted metal on this very old door.
Texture is most evident where dark meets light on the turning edge and at the outer edge. Experience has taught us to assume that the areas in between have similar features.
The quote above reminds me why the texture of the leaf is the most evident on the edges and the borders between light and dark.
I regard texture similar to the function of taste buds in our mouths. But in a visual form. Texture does create a specific flavour which affects our senses.
A decade or so ago, I was a food and travel writer. My love for eating a good meal and visiting a new place haven’t waned in the years since.
Here is one of my favorite meals at Il Giova, where Lucilla and Roberto cook divinely delicious meals for locals and tourists.
Here you can see the texture of the burrata cheese, the basil leaf, the flakes of parmigiano, the cherry tomatoes, and the strands of cooked pasta.
Are you hungry yet? If you visit Florence, I highly recommend this wonderful place where Roberto and Lucilla will make you feel at home.
Here’s another favorite from our travels: a perfect summer dessert. This cool and creamy bar was made with cookies and cream ice cream and topped with a crunchy chocolate glaze and a mini Oreo cookie. Wonderful. The different textures were a perfect combination.
Finally, here are some wonderful textures found in nature. In this image from Zermatt, Switzerland, you can see layers of texture in the deciduous trees, the evergreens, the rocky cliffs, and the snowy peaks.
As I end this post, I’d like to circle back to the beginning, to the Andrew Wyeth quote. He expresses the value of texture so well. It adds depth and a sense of realness to an image. It also engages our senses and draws us deeper into the scene. A special thanks to Jude for choosing this wonderful theme. Be sure to visit her beautiful Cornwall in Colours site to see some lovely beach textures in her area. We hope you join all of us.
A special thanks to Anne Sandler for a terrific challenge last week. In her Wildlife Close to Home challenge, she reminded us that we are all surrounded by wildlife, whether we live in cities or in the country. I was delighted to see your diverse ‘collection’ of wildlife from around the world.
Next Saturday at noon, Tina will be our host for LAPC #227, so be sure to visit Travels and Trifles for her latest inspiration and beautiful images. Until then, stay safe and be kind.