Photos #1 – Texture

With this photo, I was interested in how the contrast of light and shadow seen at close range emphasizes the rough texture of the brick wall in my apartment’s living room. I love the dappled light from the lamp shining from above and how the depth created by each brick’s inset casts shadows. There’s a warmth to it, which is fitting, because it is a piece of the walls that make up my home.

More bricks! Here I explored how using a shallow depth of field emphasizes the texture of the worn, rough brick structure in the foreground (complemented by the sleek black bars behind it) and smooths out the background. The contrast between a detailed foreground and blurred background allows the brick structure to tell its story in detail– The worn-away patches show signs of age and weathering. It’s a place that has clearly been home to more than just college students: Note the abandoned wasp’s nests in the top-right corner of the frame!

I was drawn to take this photo by the striking red light coming from the restaurant in contrast to the tree just outside the window. I took the photo in the evening twilight, and with a rather shaky arm from holding the camera for so long, and the result is a soft-focus that, paired with the unity of the color palette, feels almost painting-like. Although the tree nor the lights have a soft texture in reality, this photo demonstrates that low light and a soft focus can create an overall soft-feeling composition.

I like that the tree fully fills the frame, although I wish I’d gotten one with a bit sharper contrast between the tree and the window behind it, because the difference in textures could be interesting.

One Reply to “Photos #1 – Texture”

  1. I really like how you talked about the way light highlights and interacts with the texture of the bricks.

    Wasp nests are just the worst – even when they’re abandoned. But I actually really like this picture and especially enjoy how the worn out texture looks against the pink.

    Yeah, I actually did a double take when I first looked at this because I thought it was a painting. Like you said, it would have been cool to see a sharper contrast, but I honestly really do like the current way where it almost doesn’t look real.

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