I'm going to conduct a little experiment. Close your eyes. Now imagine running your right hand over a rough stone. Now imagine running your other hand over a slab of perfectly smooth marble. Okay, you can open your eyes. Did you notice how your mind responded differently? The two imaginary experiences? Well, the same thing happens when we look at a photograph. Our mind imagines the feeling of texture present in the image, and the body responds. Physiologically texture is a powerful visual tour. In eliciting an emotional response, the texture of this sultry is almost palpable. Repeat the little experiment we've just done. An imagine running your hand over the bark. You surely feel its roughness is. It rubs against your skin when you prepare to take a photograph. All of your senses, consciously or otherwise, are working to inform you how you feel about the scene you're photographing. The problem with the photograph is at face value. It works on a one dimensional visual level. Only the in...
put from the other senses hearing taste, smell and touch is lost. Unless, that is, you use visual tools to bring them back. And that's what's happening in this image. Light contrast, color and framing are all working to divulge a visual sense of touch. I've used a tight crop to show just a small section of the tree, and this focuses your attention on the bark, which is the vehicle for my story. While sidelight, it creates tiny shadows that reveal every nook and cranny, creating a very real sense of texture. The camera gives you a visual representation of texture, but if you print your photographs, you can also add a physical dimension for your choice of paper. Photographic inkjet paper comes in many varieties, from smooth gloss or satin through Matt, the heavily textured art papers. By matching paper and subject, you can enhance the impression the final print makes on the viewer. Now it's difficult for me to show you the difference on the computer or TV screen, but as an example, an image of tree bark will become multi dimensional wind printed on textured paper. Compared to say, satin is another part of the photographic process, and it's this attention to the little details that helps raise your photography to a higher level