I love going on photo walks, picking a direction and seeing what I come across. It’s a way to exercise, spend time outside, and become inspired by the world around me. Recently, while I was visiting my brother on Stanford’s campus, I decided a walk was in order. He had 8 hours of lab work to do, and it was a beautiful sunny day (something I don’t get much of in Pittsburgh, PA). I had visited the campus many times before, so the grandeur of the larger scenery had little effect on me. Instead, I wanted to take a closer look at the campus, the details I may have missed in the last three years of touring the area. I decided to focus on texture.
If you’re not a photographer, you may be wondering, why texture? Why would I capture the cracks in pavement, the stains on a wall, or the bark on a tree? I have to admit, it looks pretty funny to most people, as if I’m lost/crazy/technologically impaired when I walk straight up to a telephone pole and snap a pic. But as a composite photographer, and someone who absolutely loves working in Photoshop, textures are extremely important to my work. Adding a texture over my photos quickly stylizes them and adds cohesion, blending together the parts of the image I may have added or altered.
Take a look at the fully gallery below and see what you think! Can you guess what these textures belong to?