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Texture will be defined as the surface detail of an object. This detail can be composed of surface irregularities (such as the wood grain of an old plank) or of small forms on a surface (such as a mass of roots from an ancient tree).the proper utilization of texture can add impact to images. When used properly, texture can be just as powerful as bold colour, leading lines, or dramatic scenery.

By adding the use of texture to our skill set, we expand our skills and become better photographers. Thus, texture becomes another tool that is available in our skill set that can be drawn on at anytime.

The above from Ron Bigelow from his excellent site:


The textural composition influences the viewer in a subconscious way because of the archaic origin of tactile sensation. We can’t describe them with words, but imagine them easily.In musical analogy texture is in line with tone quality, which depends on the texture of musical instruments.

This from the highly perceptive shotaddict.com

Read more: http://www.shotaddict.com/tips/article_5+Photo+Composition+Hints.+T he+First+Element+-+Texture.html#ixzz1jEEoj5fw

Personally I prefer to see texture as part of the design or composition elements in an image. Early photography was without colour so it is hardly surprising that texture became so important. In colour photography texture has always to compete, in a sense ,with colour. In early photography when the world is reduced to greyscale heightened texture became very useful in differentiating line within the photograph.  Because texture was made great use of in the great masterpieces of early photography it took on importance that it never received in the world of fine art proper.The landscape photography of the American  Ansel Adams is famed for its ability to capture the most subtle textures of landscapes.His photograph below illustrates the use of early morning side lighting to emphasise rock texture.

I have put together a slideshow of a range of photographs from the 19th century through to the 1930s exemplifying the use of texture to enhance  form, line and composition.

These early photographs have had a profound effect on the discourse of photography as a glance at any current photography magazine will prove. You will invariably find many photographs praised for their enhanced texture as well as texture used as a kind of sandwiched effect to enhance portraits and still lifes.

All of the photographs below were made by the greatest photographers of the early era.

Many have achieved what is known as “iconic status” within the history of photography.

Later in the 20th century when in the world of fine art Abstract painting became popular its use of paint texture ( see abstracts in lightboxes above) its mode of application, often applied “with a trowel”, plus its use of canvas textures was somehow aped by the world of photography thus walls or signage or the textures of decay started to become “fit subjects” for photography.

Photography never seems to take its jealous eye away from the world of fine art. Trends in art are often appropriated in some way by photographers.

This rendering of the real world into abstract canvases is not without its virtues as once again, it encourages us to see the world in new and interesting ways.

Below is a small gallery of textured material that I have produced over the years.