LAPC #226: Textures

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.

Andrew Wyeth

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.

Rex Brandt

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.

Adamo Macri

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.

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  1. Oh, this is fabulous and you’ve made me hungry too. I can taste those dishes, and small them too. And the environment in which you’ve placed them – even if that paintwork is a little distressed – is wonderful too.

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  2. Well Patti, you were quite cruel this week with your food images! That pasta dish with the burrata made my mouth water and would be capped off perfectly by the ice cream (although of course there would be little room left after devouring the pasta LOL). Also loved your unique image of the leaf – quite beautiful! Hope you’re enjoying the best of Italy, especially the food!!

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    • Oh….yes, the food!! It is delicious. And the ice cream….um….But you have wonderful food where you are, too!! We had some great meals in Charleston. Ahh…the seafood! Thanks about the leaf comments, too. I loved how the light hit it. Have a good week!!

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  3. I liked your textures. Thank you for not including any oysters. When I swallow a raw oyster it goes half way down my throat and then my brain signals an alert and ……whoops…..it comes back up. Truly! I have had this happen. For me it is an intolerable texture.

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  4. Taking photos of food has become an obsession these days when we’re in a restaurant, Patti, but you’ve taken it to a higher level. It’s obvious that you did this for a living. And what a time you must have had sampling the dishes!

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  5. I just ate a grilled cheese sandwich (lots of texture in look and taste) but now I want that delicious looking ice cream pop! Beautiful images for this challenge Patti. They are all perfect examples of texture. Now where can I go for an Italian dinner???

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  6. Beautiful photos Patti (I love that old door and the vivid green leaf!) and you’ve found some perfect quotes too – something I struggled to do 😆 As for that pasta dish, it is exactly the sort of food I love to eat!

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  7. Here at last Patti! Your pasta dish is extremely enticing, I do like a good bowl of spaghetti and you have photographed and described that dish superbly. And the one thing that every photographer seems to be drawn to is a door, especially a weather-beaten door with rusty hinges and peeling paint. The light you have captured on yours is just perfect with the addition of the deep shadow. Thank you all for allowing me to host the challenge this week. It has been an honour, and I am seeing lots of great examples of textures.
    Jude xx

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    • It’s so true, Jude. The weather-beaten door is very attractive to us. And I’m glad you liked the one of pasta! You’ve selected a great topic and you have had a great response! We’re so delighted, Jude. ❤️❤️😀

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  8. Ah, you and food…! I am no foodie, never was, but you really make me hungry! A nice bite of that lovely icecream in front of that gorgeous door – that would really be something. I can see you are enjoying Italy!

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  9. I was salivating before you asked. Great idea of capturing food to stimulate our senses through a visualization of texture. And interesting to hear you were a food and travel writer. I loved your quote with you. There is an essence about capturing AND being able to feel the realness. The peeling paint and the rested metal of the door told that story for me, and I liked how you included you enjoy early mornings to capture the light. Very nice.

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  10. Wonderful texture selections, Patti. So glad you include the texture of food, delicious. Love the raindrops. But the photo you took from Zermatt, Switzerland is very special!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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