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Texture

Put feeling into your photographs

Sunday, September 9, 12


Black & White Photography is a unique art form...

William Christenberry Coleman’s Café, Greensboro, Alabama 1971

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As color is removed our eyes are forced to make abstractions.

William Christenberry Coleman’s CafÊ, Greensboro, Alabama 1971

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Not Reality •Most people see in color so when we see a black and white photograph we know that there is something “unreal” or ABSTRACT about it. •This abstraction allows us to ignore reality for a moment and focus on some of the more simple ELEMENTS of art.

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Line

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Shape

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Sunday, September 9, 12


Texture

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Tex·ture Dictionary: “A Grainy, fibrous, woven or dimensional quality as opposed to a uniformly flat, smooth surface.”

Our Definition:

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“If it looks like you could reach out and feel the surface of your photograph… that’s texture.”


LOOK AROUND •Everywhere you look you will see texture. •Some textures are more interesting than others, but you can choose how to use texture as a tool to say what you want to say. •I want you to become aware of how texture can make your photography more powerful.

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Look at the contrast between the rough, old looking texture of the background and the young, innocent looking girl.

Frederick Sommer Livia 1948 Sunday, September 9, 12


Texture can be smooth...

Patrick Tosani

D 1988 Sunday, September 9, 12


…or it can be rough.

Irving Penn Cigarette No. 17 1972 Sunday, September 9, 12


Texture is on rocks...

Carleton E. Watkins Sugar Loaf Islands, Farallons 1869 Sunday, September 9, 12


Texture is on plants...

Tina Modotti Roses, Mexico 1924 Sunday, September 9, 12


Texture is in Water...

George Krause Fountainhead 1970 Sunday, September 9, 12


Texture is on the walls...

Walker Evans Washroom in the Dog Run 1936 Sunday, September 9, 12


Texture is even on our skin.

Dorothea Lang Migratory Cotton Picker 1940

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Your Assignment • Shoot at least 24 exposures of “Texture”. • You must shoot outside with the sun as your light source. • Make a Contact Sheet to turn in. • Print either a 5x7 or an 8x10 of the negative that most artistically represents “Texture”. • Dry mount your print on appropriate sized matte board. • Use a black boarder if it would look better.

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Some Tips... • Before taking a picture ask yourself what emotion does this texture evoke? ( A boring answer to this question will most likely result in a boring photo.

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• Before taking a picture ask yourself what emotion does this texture evoke? (A boring answer to this question will most likely result in a boring photo.)

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• Before taking a picture ask yourself what emotion does this texture evoke? (A boring answer to this question will most likely result in a boring photo.)

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• Always use good composition. Avoid the “Bull's-eye” composition. (We will talk much more about this later.)

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• Always use good composition. Avoid the “Bull's-eye” composition. (We will talk much more about this later.)

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• Light from straight on will flatten textures. • Light coming from the side will strengthen textures.

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• Light from straight on will flatten textures. • Light coming from the side will strengthen textures.

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• Be Creative!

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• Be Creative!

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• Be Creative!

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• Be Creative!

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• Be Creative!

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