TEXTURES AND EMOTIONAL RESPONSE
When we are photographing, we notice many different things. Sometimes it is an object – a barn, a tractor, a flower or collection of flowers in a garden or a random field. Sometimes what we notice is a single tree – for its bones, its bark or its foliage. We’re attracted to these subjects for different reasons – colors, light, lines, patterns and textures. These design elements work in our minds to grab and hold our attention and prompt us to slow down and consider making an image. It seems to me that each one of the elements or combinations of them elicit emotional responses in us – make us “feel” something. As far as color, I respond more deeply to purple and turquoise far less. With texture, it’s a mix and depends on the subject. I love both smooth and soft and rough and gritty.
What resonates within us and the connection we feel towards a subject leads us in a direction for creating images. The texture of a subject can be the lead dog or simply part of the pack. How we work the subjects and scene determine how an image “feels” to us as the initial viewer and to others. I have found that I am drawn to different subjects, with different textures, in part due to my mood or state of mind at the time I am shooting. Presented with the same subjects or places at different times and in different headspaces, I may not even pay them any attention. In a good and open frame of mind, I tend to notice softer subjects such as flowing water, arching trees, perfect petals and uplifting colors, shapes and soft backgrounds. In a not-so-great mindset, the harder, rougher elements draw me in tighter such as broken things – glass, tools, bruised and broken petals and lots of grit and darker tones, generally.